Review Archive

Filter by:

Terry MacTavish’s’s first professional engagement was at age 18 touring with The Southern Comedy Players as Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. After that she worked at the Globe Theatre with Patrick Carey, in plays by T.S.Eliot, James Joyce, John Whiting, and Shakespeare. As daughter of dance pioneer Shona Dunlop MacTavish and founding member of Dunedin Dance Theatre, she has toured New Zealand and performed at the Edinburgh Festival.

Terry played Celia in the Fortune’s 1973 ‘pilot’ production of The Philanthropist, before leaving for overseas study and travel. In 1986, with awards from the Arts Council and the Director-General of Education, she gained her Masters degree in Theatre Studies from Lancaster University, UK. Terry has performed in London and Lancaster, and toured the north of England with the Red Rose TIE team playing, among other parts, all three witches in Macbeth!

Roles for the FortuneTheatre in the early years included Gwendolen in Earnest again, Kate in Pinter’s Old Times, Olga in The Three Sisters, and Alithea in The Country Wife. More recently at the Fortune, Terry has played the Wicked Duchess in The Revenger’s Tragedy, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, and earned standing ovations as Maria Callas in Masterclass.

Terry is a staunch supporter of Dunedin’s Globe Theatre where she has recently created Rusa for Renee’s new play, Shall We Gather at the River. Over the past few years she has played lead roles in Wit, Vita & Virginia, The School for Scandal, Hay Fever, The Road to Mecca, The Seagull, She Stoops to Conquer, The Rivals, Blithe Spirit, Anna in Old Times and Lady Fidget in The Country Wife.

Passionate about inspiring future generations to love theatre, Terry heads the Drama department at Queen’s High School, and has served on national bodies to develop Drama in the new Arts Curriculum, and establish Drama as an NCEA subject. For young people she has directed Shakespeare (Twelfth Night x 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream x 2, The Taming of the Shrew, A Merchant of Venice, As You Like It and King Lear), Brecht, Classical Greek and Restoration plays, contemporary works such as Top Girls, and many plays of Aotearoa including The Pohutukawa Tree, Children of the Poor, Wednesday to Come, The Revenge of the Amazons, Ophelia Thinks Harder, Eating The Wolf and Heroines, Hussies and High High Flyers.

She was tutor and guest lecturer in Theatre Studies at Otago University for 8 years, directing at Allen Hall such productions as Cloud Nine, The Gut Girls, Her Aching Heart, The Lucky Chance, and Gay Times at Radcliffe Hall. Recently she played Queen Eleanor for the English Dept’s King John. She taught at Victoria University too, particularly enjoying creating a course on Theatre Costume, until she realised the airfares took up most of her salary. One of the papers Terry delivered at an international congress of IDEA, King Lear Was a Woman: the case for cross-gender casting, was published in the Drama NZ journal.

Since its inception, Terry has been chief Dunedin reviewer for Theatreview, as well as for Arts On Sunday on National Radio, and for local television. (She was also a regular panellist on Loose Women for Channel 9, and has acted in various films, from whaling documentary to Katherine Mansfield short story.) She is a Judge for the Dunedin Theatre Awards, and has judged Fringe Festival and 48 hour Film Challenge.

Welcome to the review archive.

Theatre and dance reviews since 2006.

Request a review
The Tempest


13/06/2024 - 16/06/2024

"Pure delight..



23/05/2024 - 01/06/2024




22/03/2024 - 23/03/2024

"O’Connor instantly has us in thrall..

A Man Walks Into A Bar


21/03/2024 - 24/03/2024

"A curiously meta experience ... a fantastical web of music hall gags..



14/03/2024 - 17/03/2024

"The A Team is still terrific..

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)


09/02/2024 - 18/02/2024

"Summer Shakespeare is a gift to Dunedin  ..


Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga, Nelson, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Dunedin

18/04/2017 - 16/12/2023

"Versatile virtuoso Ashton..

"Caters to a range of tastes with energy and joy..

More reviews

The Cherry Orchard


11/11/2023 - 16/11/2023

"Magical effects, enthusiasm and playfulness..

Ladies Night

Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland

26/09/2023 - 19/10/2023

"Deeply funny, fabulous choreography and music, skilled charismatic actors .....

"Multi-talented performers deliver fun, friendship, sexy vibes and good times..

More reviews

AUSTEN FOUND The Undiscovered Musicals of Jane Austen

Dunedin, Christchurch, New Zealand wide, Wellington

26/10/2018 - 14/10/2023

"Rises to the challenge with supreme confidence and skill..

"Whirlwind pace and bawdy comedy to delight Janeites and novices alike..

More reviews


Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch

24/04/2018 - 21/04/2023

"A charming, light-hearted play..

"Unashamedly a throwback – a committed gem..

More reviews

Much Ado About Nothing (The Barden Party)


24/03/2023 - 24/03/2023

"Rockabilly retelling of Much Ado..

愛,媽媽 (Love, Mum)


24/03/2023 - 25/03/2023

"Unforgettable visual imagery..

The Bear


22/03/2023 - 24/03/2023

"An audaciously unorthodox approach..

Lamb To the Slaughter


16/03/2023 - 18/03/2023

"A light-hearted and gleeful production..

Magic In the Air


17/02/2023 - 19/02/2023

"Still relevant themes avoid malice, leaving audience charmed by mystery and mischief..



24/11/2022 - 03/12/2022

"A rattling good evening out .....


Dunedin, Wellington

10/11/2022 - 19/03/2023

"In the grand tradition of Theatre of the Absurd..

"Subtly absurdist perceptive satire full of things to leave us wondering..

More reviews

Kiwi Moon


31/10/2022 - 31/10/2022

"An enchanting production of an enchanting story..


Wellington, Whangarei, Dunedin

20/10/2021 - 19/10/2022

"A reminder of the eternal value and range of theatre..


More reviews


Dunedin, Nelson, Wellington

14/10/2022 - 25/03/2023

"Entertaining excellence that pricks the pretensions of those in power..

"Masterful miming and a theatre full of laughter..

More reviews


Wellington, Dunedin, Oamaru, Christchurch

22/11/2019 - 22/10/2022

"Offering voices to the voiceless..

"One of the great Kiwi theatre productions of our time..

More reviews


Dunedin, Wellington

23/03/2022 - 04/03/2023

"An extremely intelligent, insightful and entertaining exposé of a persistent psychological condition..

"A scintillating production - both ebullient and subtle..

Wellingon City Council
Aotearoa Gaming Trust
Creative NZ
Auckland City Council
Waiematā Local Board logo