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Holly Shanahan has worked professionally in the arts since graduating from Victoria University in 2002 with a degree in Theatre. As an actor she has worked extensively in theatre and film in NZ and Australia, with a particular interest and passion for physical and collaborative work.

She has lived in London, Munich and Melbourne and worked as theatre editor for Salient and as a reviewer for The Daily News and Theatreview in theatre, music and dance.

She currently works full time as a Mum, part time as a performer, and part time leading a new contemporary Youth Theatre initiative in Taranaki.

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Theatre and dance reviews since 2006.

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The Messy Magic Adventure: KITCHEN CHAOS!

Wellington, New Plymouth

17/04/2018 - 07/07/2020

"Gleefully played physical slapstick..

"Riveting, delightful, exciting and highly amusing..

THE ABSURDITY OF HUMANITY

New Plymouth, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington

24/08/2016 - 20/09/2017

"From the jocular to the jugular and beyond.....

"Poignant moments of tenderness..

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PERHAPS, PERHAPS... QUIZÁS

Wellington, Taranaki, Christchurch

01/03/2016 - 08/09/2017

"Great clowning, much of it missed by many..

"Totally engaging, extraordinarily funny..

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UNDERNEATH

Taranaki, Christchurch

31/08/2017 - 10/09/2017

"Utterly captivating and powerful..

"Dark, disarming, comedy mystery: bloody fantastic..

THE REBEL PINK

Christchurch, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Auckland

25/03/2017 - 08/04/2017

"Pinkly energising..

"Strikingly vigorous..

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THE GRUFFALO

Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North, New Plymouth

30/09/2016 - 30/10/2016

"Inventively told with delight, energy and skill..

"Excellent fun with a valuable message..

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DUST PILGRIM – A Tale of Freedom

Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington, Invercargill

04/06/2015 - 03/05/2018

"An audio-visual treat that respects the intelligence of its audience..

"Dusty yes, but fresh and original..

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THE ELEPHANT THIEF

Hamilton, Nelson, Wellington, New Plymouth, Auckland

05/12/2015 - 02/07/2016

"Stealing the Show..

"Immensely talented cast but play feels lost and confused..

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LUMINA

Auckland, Napier, Wellington, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Christchurch, Nelson

19/08/2015 - 23/05/2018

"Precision, passion and athleticism..

"Stunning!..

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A DORIS DAY SPECIAL

Christchurch, Invercargill, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Wellington

24/04/2016 - 14/10/2017

"Beautiful, quirky, gutsy..

"Charming and touching..

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THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES

Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, New Plymouth

09/03/2013 - 06/09/2015

"Uplifting, edifying, impressive..

"Gentle and meandering..

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BETWEEN THE CRACKS – Yana Alana

New Plymouth

20/08/2015 - 21/08/2015

"Crude, classy, outrageous and never sleazy..

LIVE LIVE CINEMA: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Auckland, New Plymouth, Christchurch, Tauranga, Dunedin, Havelock North, Nelson, Global

14/05/2015 - 27/03/2022

"Wholeheartedly worth watching..

"Most of all it is really, really clever..

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THE UNDERARM

Gisborne, Nelson, Wellington, Dunedin, New Plymouth, Napier

28/10/2014 - 29/11/2014

"Very funny and thought-provoking..

"A ball-busting comedic night out for everyone..

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THE TOPP TWINS GRAND OLE TOPPREY TOUR

Wellington, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Auckland, Palmerston North

24/10/2014 - 02/11/2014

"A Variety Show with real class..

THE STATUS OF BEING

Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington

16/10/2014 - 25/10/2014

"provocation, polemicism, playfulness, physicality..

"Striking, confronting, profound and delightful..

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MUNTED

Auckland, New Plymouth, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton

24/01/2012 - 19/08/2014

"Charming openness and commitment..

"Honest and heart-warming..

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Tutus on Tour (2013)

Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin

23/10/2013 - 29/11/2013

"A little something for everyone..

"Cheerful and Lively new Peter and the Wolf..

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Footnote Dance Made in New Zealand 2013

Wellington, Hamilton, Auckland, New Plymouth

09/08/2013 - 15/10/2013

"Beautiful, unsettling and poignant..

"Colt, Carnival Hound and Fatu Na Toto at Tempo..

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DIE ROTEN PUNKTE: SUPERMUSICIAN

New Plymouth, Nelson

30/08/2013 - 26/10/2013

"In your face entertainment..

"Fun, flippant, mad – a crazy hysterical ride..

GIFTED

Southland, Nelson, Cromwell, Queenstown, Tauranga, Dunedin, Invercargill, Wanaka, Alexandra, Oamaru, Wellington, Christchurch, New Plymouth

22/08/2013 - 31/10/2015

"Evocative gesture to literary treasures..

"A rich and resonating theatrical experience..

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THE ANIMALS & CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS

New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch

08/03/2012 - 01/09/2013

"Magical mayhem..

"Distracted by its own inter-media brilliance..

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ENNIO

New Plymouth

17/08/2013 - 18/08/2013

"Clever cartoon cabaret..

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