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Latest Theatre and Performance Reviews
A PLAY UPON WORDS at Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Road, Auckland
reviewed by Dione Joseph 1 Mar 2015
Beauty, wit and potent metaphors
A Play Upon Words was one of my random picks for this year’s Auckland Fringe 2015 – and I couldn’t have asked for a better evening to close what has been three weeks of intense theatrical activity. For those who aren’t familiar with their work, Affetto are an exceptional group of musicians and performers specialising in Early Modern Music, and their programming is rich, ingenious and uplifting. [more]


SUDDENLY SHAKESPEARE 2015 at Gryphon, Wellington
reviewed by Shannon Friday 1 Mar 2015
Fun for die-hard Shakespeare nerds
With Suddenly Shakespeare, my big question is, “Who is this show for?” The blurb in the programme says “Wanna do Shakespeare?” and “Wanna watch people do Shakespeare with no rehearsal?” This sets up an impossible set of pressures, and ones that work explicitly at cross-purposes. [more]


WIT’S WORLDWIDE WELLINGTON TOUR at Little Theatre, Library Bldg, Lower Hutt
reviewed by Tess Jamieson-Kahara 1 Mar 2015
Enough gold moments to keep us smiling
Despite being able to count the audience members on my fingers and toes, there’s a warm unapologetic welcome into the theatre. First by the musician playing the keyboard to set a quirky atmosphere then the MC, boisterously taking us through how the evening works. [more]


SQUIRREL at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
reviewed by Nik Smythe 1 Mar 2015
Complex narrative punctuated with gentle visual spectacle
Written by Nicole Steven, as inspired by her own experiences living in China through her formative years, Squirrel begins as nine year old Dara (Steven) and her seven year old sister Annie (Alice Pierce) prepare to return to China after several years living in their mother’s native country here in New Zealand. [more]


BAKER & WRIGHT LIVE! at Gryphon, Wellington
reviewed by Patrick Davies 1 Mar 2015
Relaxing fun
Jarrod Baker and Adam Wright have been podcasting for around two years and have now embarked on their first live podcast, which appears on the ’net later that night. It’s an amiable affair with a very laid back atmosphere which is very relaxing and fun. [more]


THE RIVER TALKS at Pt England Reserve, 122 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes, Auckland
reviewed by Lexie Matheson 1 Mar 2015
Unique and fascinating theatre with a message
“Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au." The whakatauki above, translated into English, says ‘I am the river and the river is me’ and it underpins this highly effective promenade-style environmental journey. [more]


DEAD SILENT at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington
reviewed by Amy Tait 28 Feb 2015
Exploring supernatural themes
Upon entry into the theatre the audience are invited to explore the set and search for “clues”. It is a novel concept being allowed to do this, and it fulfills its purpose of intriguing and engaging us. [more]


LUCID, THE VISUAL FEAST at McCormacks Bay Property, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch - Canterbury
reviewed by Emily Napolitano 28 Feb 2015
Dance, music and sculpture in an exquisite venue
The evening ends back on the lawn where it began, though this time we are invited to watch from the balcony. This view point, the setting, and the vigorous dance bring the Otherworld celebration full circle. Indeed we have been treated to an intersection of worlds – dance, music, sculpture, emotion and creativity – this evening. [more]


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VOW at Ironbar, 150 Karangahape Rd, Auckland
reviewed by Lexie Matheson 28 Feb 2015
Performed with confidence and that hint of arrogance that comes from sincerity
I’m reminded of the feminist poetry readings of the 60s and 70s; the joyous, hippie-like events of wonder dressed in diaphanous draperies that some of us loved so much. This is edgier though and leaves a different, tarter, taste in the mouth. I must say I like that too. [more]


CHAMELEON AND ONLY BONES at Bandoliers Hall, end of Lawson Place, Mount Victoria, Wellington
reviewed by John Smythe 27 Feb 2015
Unbridled delight
What a privilege to witness the birth of the cross-disciplinary Chameleon Company – set up by visual artist Gemma Tweedie and clown Thomas Monckton – and to see the world premiere of their new experimental work, preceded by Monckton’s new solo piece; both billed as ‘in development’. [more]


7 GENERATIONS at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington
reviewed by Jillian Davey 27 Feb 2015
To be savoured
Miki Seifert’s performance brings utter beauty and strength to the piece. She commands the stage in a quiet way, neither overpowering nor fading into the projections behind her, on her, and around her. William Franco’s skill and experience with video installation (of the museum and gallery variety) is evident. [more]


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DOUBLE O SINNER at Blondini's Bar, Embassy Theatre, Wellington
reviewed by Maraea Rakuraku 27 Feb 2015
Could be fantastic
The Sinner, Karen Anslow, sashays through a series of 007 theme songs supported by impressive musicianship provided by Natalie Hunt, Nick Price, Sam Rorke and Geraint Scott. In between, there is banter about the movies, the actors, the writer and any other kind of 007 trivia. [more]


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28 Feb 2015 - Barking Gecko Theatre Company ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Barking Gecko Theatre Company is a professional Western Australian theatre company specialising in productions for children, teens and families that tour nationally and internationally. Barking Gecko is known for developing and presenting ambitious, surprising and critically acclaimed productions for audiences from rural towns through to the Sydney Opera House.   [more]

26 Feb 2015 - Vacancy: General Manager, TEMPO Dance Festival - from 1 may 2015   [more]

26 Feb 2015 - Carrie Rae Cunningham appointed Artistic Director for TEMPO Dance Festival from May 2015   [more]

26 Feb 2015 - Footnote New Zealand Dance - Vacancy: Office Manager (30 hrs/week)   [more]

26 Feb 2015 - Atamira Dance Company Vacancies - Business manager (20 hrs/week) and Marketing Manager (20 hrs/week)   [more]

26 Feb 2015 - The arts sector is invited to make submissions on Auckland Council's Long Term Plan (which contains planning for the arts and creative sector) - closing date is 16 March 2015. Crerative Coalition have a guide to help with writing your submissions.   [more]

24 Feb 2015 - ELI KENT AWARDED INAUGURAL AUCKLAND THEATRE COMPANY PATRONS’ PLAYWRIGHT FELLOWSHIP Auckland Theatre Company (ATC) is thrilled to announce Eli Kent has been awarded the inaugural Auckland Theatre Company Patrons’ Playwright Fellowship prize. Eli is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and original playwrights. His first play Rubber Turkey, written when he was just 19, earned him the Peter Harcourt Award for Outstanding New Playwright of the Year at the 2008 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. The Intricate Art of Actually Caring, originally presented by Eli and his mate Jack Shadboltin his Mount Victoria bedroom, went on to tour throughout New Zealand and won Best Theatre in the NZ Fringe Festival 2009 and the Montana Award for the Most Original Production at the 2009 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.   [more]

16 Feb 2015 - PŪTAHI FESTIVAL 2015 For the second year, Te Pūtahitanga a te Rēhia in association with Victoria University proudly presents Pūtahi Festival, 2015   [more]