Observations from the ground.

Flat City Field Notes is a blog offering reviews, essays and criticism about arts and culture in and around Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Review: Rent – vital, muscular musical theatre

Erin Harrington reviews Rent, book / music / lyrics by Jonathan Larson, directed by Lara Macgregor, at The Court Theatre, Friday 19 November 2022. The Court Theatre has had a patchy year. Many shows were cancelled, mucked about or rescheduled, and the year’s standout production – The Māori Sidesteps, wonderful – was chronically underattended. But… Continue reading Review: Rent – vital, muscular musical theatre

Review: A Boy Called Piano – offering voices to the voiceless

Erin Harrington reviews A Boy Called Piano, presented by The Conch and directed by Nina Nawalowalo, at The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts / Pīpīwharauroa: Kui-kui whitiwhiti ora, Friday 21 October 2022. The Conch’s stage production of A Boy Called Piano begins with a voiceover from co-creator Fa’amoana John Luafutu, accompanied by swirling… Continue reading Review: A Boy Called Piano – offering voices to the voiceless

Review: The Māori Sidesteps – a satirical blend of music and mischief

Erin Harrington reviews The Māori Sidesteps at The Court Theatre, Thursday 22 September 2022. The Māori Sidesteps brings us to a party where everyone’s invited. This big-hearted production, presented at The Court Theatre, has been a victim of Covid rescheduling, but it’s been worth waiting for. The five performers – Erroll Anderson, Cohen Holloway, Regan… Continue reading Review: The Māori Sidesteps – a satirical blend of music and mischief

Review: Back to Square One? – meaningful storytelling about connection (and cake)

Erin Harrington reviews Back to Square One?, performed and directed by Anders Falstie-Jensen for The Rebel Alliance Theatre Company, at Little Andromeda, Thursday 25 August 2022. Truly lo-fi theatre is criminally underrated. The best works are magical and impactful, but you really have to know what you’re doing to conjure something from nothing. Anders Falstie-Jensen’s… Continue reading Review: Back to Square One? – meaningful storytelling about connection (and cake)

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