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Cordy Black has participated in live theatre, cabaret and performance art for over 30 years, most recently in improvised theatre. She has also devised, acted in and crewed for scripted theatre both historic and modern. She is a trustee with the Baggage Arts Charitable Trust, which is a delight as she gets to meet lots of fantastic artists.

Cordy has written and performed poetry, and she enjoys the concision of a review column. She especially loves ‘reception studies’ and adaptations of existing works or themes for fresh audiences. She is also a musician and visual artist.

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Theatre and dance reviews since 2006.

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THE GOLDEN ASS

Takaka, Wellington

06/07/2022 - 11/05/2024

"A fantastically engaging collection of slapstick adventures..

"An inspiring, classic, relevant, hilarious plea for empathy..

LEFT UNSAID

Wellington

07/03/2024 - 09/03/2024

"Serious, fraught, silly, sexy, bizarre, quirky, frantic spontaneity..

The Renegade Cabaret

Wellington, Dunedin

06/03/2024 - 08/03/2024

"Radical celebration..

The Cyranoid

Wellington

16/02/2024 - 18/02/2024

"The bizarre and interesting creature that might sit inside yet to be revealed..

We, The Outsiders

Wellington, Dunedin

31/01/2024 - 17/03/2024

"Contends with the Responsibility of Staging Real Stories..

"Some stories are happy, some are sad, all are important..

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LOOPS

Wellington

15/09/2023 - 17/09/2023

"Gets into one of those deep places where only art can really touch us..

Maria Williams – ADHD... The Musical?!

Wellington

16/05/2023 - 20/05/2023

"Grounded in a fervid, colourful and cartoonish vibe strongly reminiscent of after school TV and a vertiginous and cringey nostalgia..

Grace Jarvis – This Is The Last Goldfish That I Am Going To Eat For You

Wellington

16/05/2023 - 20/05/2023

"Fascinating reflections on life, politics, childhood obsessions; the dysfunction and stickiness that comes with being a person..

One Night Band

Wellington

15/04/2023 - 15/04/2023

"Feels more like a Happening, or a night at someone's house party, than a concert in the traditional sense..

WALLACE – FULL SPECTRUM

Wellington

28/02/2023 - 28/02/2023

"Song, instrumentals and movement come together with joy..

ACCESS

Wellington, Dunedin

22/02/2023 - 25/03/2023

"A work with enormous potential, but …..

"Provokes bubbles of genuine laughter or small in-breaths of empathy..

JINGLE ELVES The Musical

Wellington

06/12/2022 - 10/12/2022

"Feelings, relationships and connection to the fore..

IDIOM 2022

Wellington

02/12/2022 - 23/12/2022

"Leaves you with a lingering sense of joyous communal bombast..

HATCH 2022

Wellington

14/09/2022 - 15/09/2022

"Variegated vignettes of value..

EFFY

Wellington

08/09/2022 - 10/09/2022

"Delightful, revealing, funny, heartbreaking..

IN BLIND FAITH

Wellington

23/08/2022 - 27/08/2022

"Intelligent story, delightful music, shining moments..

GLOBAL BELLY_Zoom

Global

21/05/2022 - 21/05/2022

"A delight to interact so personally post-show..

ANOTHER UNIVERSE

Global

10/03/2022 - 03/04/2022

"A lovely little jewel box of a piece..

ROUGH NIGHT

Global

18/02/2022 - 12/03/2022

"Obsessive clicking and spying that leaves you feeling slightly dirty = effective art..

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