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: Little Shop of Horrors – vibrant, camp escapism

Erin Harrington reviews Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Benjamin Henson, at The Court Theatre, Saturday 20 November 2021. Cult sci-fi horror musical Little Shop of Horrors is one of those rare works of musical theatre that’s effectively smash-proof: it’s smart, consistently funny, frequently in circulation, worthy of repeat viewings, and desperately enjoyable. The Court… Continue reading Review: Little Shop of Horrors – vibrant, camp escapism

Starlings, Dead Authors, and Sexy Polliwogs: the WORD Foundation Pop-Up Festival

Erin Harrington writes about the Foundation Pop-Up Festival (AKA the Not-Quite-New Regent Street Pop-Up Festival) , which ran from 5-11:30pm at Foundation Cafe, Tūranga / Christchurch Central Library, on Saturday 13 November, the last night of the WORD Christchurch festival weekend. The New Regent Street Pop-Up Festival has been a key feature of the last… Continue reading Starlings, Dead Authors, and Sexy Polliwogs: the WORD Foundation Pop-Up Festival

Review: Thief! – charismatic personality, magnetic storytelling

Ruth Agnew reviews Thief!, by Kelly Hocking, at Little Andromeda, Friday 12 November. “I always forget how early people turn up for garage sales. Like, you’re really early!” Writer/performer Kelly Hocking opens her semi-quasi-pseudo-autobiographical solo show with a yard sale and a sardonic drawl. Her life story is told through comedic re-enactments, snippets of iconic,… Continue reading Review: Thief! – charismatic personality, magnetic storytelling

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