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NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
BUCKET’S LIST at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
reviewed by Hannah Smith 4 Mar 2015
Odd-ball, off-beat rom-com
Bucket’s List is an idiosyncratic piece comprising mime, live music and narrative. These simple elements are woven together to make a screwball love story with a heart of gold. [more]

Photo by Cherie Moore
OUT OF ORDER at BATS Theatre, The Dome, 1 Kent Tce
reviewed by John Smythe 3 Mar 2015
All-consuming fun
Is it out of order for a young woman – a university graduate with a degree in environmental science, no less – to empathise with various appliances which have been discarded because they themselves have been judged ‘out of order’? That it may be a racket is indicated when the prologue is delivered by a highly-strung inmate of the warehouse she and other discards have been assigned to. [more]

YEP, STILL GOT IT! at Circa Two
reviewed by Jo Hodgson 2 Mar 2015
Provokes laughter, stillness, applause and cheers
Those who are approaching the retiring age are faced with many a question. Not only, “Do I want to retire?” but, more pertinent, “Can I afford to retire?” In Yep, Still Got It, Jane Keller is faced with this modern dilemma. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
LIFE AND RHYMES OF BILLY MCGRATH at Newtown Community & Cultural Centre
reviewed by Maryanne Cathro 2 Mar 2015
Enjoyable music and stories
Billy McGrath greets his audience like old friends, as indeed most of them are. Several are even called forth to join in the music, add more detail to stories, and give opinions. Billy’s Mum gives several opinions unsolicited, which leads to an interesting exchange of views. [more]

VERDICT at Playhouse Theatre
reviewed by Alison Embleton 2 Mar 2015
A brilliant production
An unconventional murder mystery, wherein the murderer (and their salacious motive) is known to the audience, but not to the characters. Agatha Christie’s Verdict, directed by the incomparable Natalie Ellis, tells the story of what happens after the body is discovered. Someone innocent is accused, and the relationships that have been well illustrated in the first act begin to unravel. [more]

Auckland Fringe 2015
THE RIVER TALKS at Pt England Reserve, 122 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes
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]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
BAKER & WRIGHT LIVE! at Gryphon
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]

Auckland Fringe 2015
MOTHER/JAW at The Basement
reviewed by Matt Baker (Theatre Scenes) 1 Mar 2015
Jaw Dropping
While predominantly a dance piece, the spoken-word component of Taylor's original work is incorporated into the performance, with Alisha Anderson delivering a perfectly cadenced monologue. In addition to the performers' physical interpretation, musicians Addison Chase and Christoph El' Truento, who sit visibly side-stage throughout the performance, have orchestrated a full-bodied soundscape that not only compliments, but also enhances them, and consequently provides a sense of completeness to the theatrics of the show. [more]

Auckland Fringe 2015
SQUIRREL at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
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]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
WIT’S WORLDWIDE WELLINGTON TOUR at Little Theatre, Library Bldg
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]
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