Review: Ariā I and II – voices of longing, absence and connection

Erin Harrington responds to Ariā, created and performed by Juanita Hepi (Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Wai, Moriori, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi), with artistic direction from Julia Harvie, from 2-245pm on Saturday 22 January 2022 at the installation Isolation Hotel at Canterbury Museum. Multidisciplinary storyteller Juanita Hepi is one of the busiest and most interesting creatives in Ōtautahi.… Continue reading Review: Ariā I and II – voices of longing, absence and connection

Review: The Unauthorised Biography Of… – high energy, sometimes chaotic histories of unsung heroes

Erin Harrington reviews the Court Theatre Youth Company's devised production of The Unauthorised Biography Of..., directed by William Burns, at the Canterbury Museum, Wednesday 8 December 2021. Set on the ground floor of the Canterbury Museum, Heather Straka’s multi-disciplinary installation, Isolation Hotel, places us inside the foyer of a shabby, run-down German hotel from the… Continue reading Review: The Unauthorised Biography Of… – high energy, sometimes chaotic histories of unsung heroes

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

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

Review: Twelfth Night – the Bard goes bawdy, for better and worse

Ruth Agnew reviews Top Dog Theatre Company's production of Twelfth Night at the Isaac Theatre Royal, 12 August 2021. After 17 years of alfresco Elizabethan entertainment at Mona Vale, Top Dog Theatre Company chose the majestic Isaac Theatre Royal as the venue for their first Shakespearean show under the proscenium arch. It seems the move… Continue reading Review: Twelfth Night – the Bard goes bawdy, for better and worse

Review: Frankenstein – some beautiful parts, but not yet whole

Erin Harrington reviews Frankenstein, a co-production between The Court Theatre and the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts (NASDA), at The Court Theatre, Saturday 7 August 2021. Mary Shelley’s 1818 novella Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus is a creature that refuses to die. More than two hundred years after she brought it to life,… Continue reading Review: Frankenstein – some beautiful parts, but not yet whole

Review: The Isolation Mixtape Vol.2 – creative, gutsy, and bold new music

Naomi van den Broek reviews The Isolation Mixtape, Vol. 2, directed by Ben Freeth for the Blackboard Theatre Collective, at The Piano Pīpīwharauroa: Kui-kui whitiwhiti ora , Friday 30 July 2021. The Isolation Mixtape Vol.2 is this year’s offering from Blackboard Theatre Collective, following on from an endeavour that came out of lockdown in 2020.… Continue reading Review: The Isolation Mixtape Vol.2 – creative, gutsy, and bold new music

Review: Dan Bain: Variations on the Same Joke – acerbic comedy about jokes (about jokes)

Erin Harrington reviews Dan Bain: Variations on the Same Joke, at Little Andromeda, 29 July 2021. Earlier this week, for very serious professional reasons, I was reading responses to the way that the final scenes of the finale of Seinfeld in 1998 (a very topical reference) gestured to existential philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s play “No Exit”.… Continue reading Review: Dan Bain: Variations on the Same Joke – acerbic comedy about jokes (about jokes)

Review: Moana JR. – a musical celebration of finding your way

Erin Harrington reviews Moana JR. at The Court Theatre, 11am, Saturday 10 July 2021. Broad public acknowledgement and celebration of Matariki has really kicked up a few notches this this year, helped along by the announcement of a regular winter public holiday. A time for reflection and renewal, it's also a celebration of Māori star… Continue reading Review: Moana JR. – a musical celebration of finding your way

Review: P O O Lside – exploring the geometry of community space through movement and voice

Erin Harrington reviews contemporary dance work P O O Lside at Waltham Pool, at the 4pm showing on Saturday 19 June 2021. It’s close to dusk on what’s nearly the shortest day of the year, and it’s bloody cold. We’re sitting at picnic tables and deck chairs, wrapped in blankets and clutching hot water bottles,… Continue reading Review: P O O Lside – exploring the geometry of community space through movement and voice