Review: TOAST – a compassionate comedy about loving our bodies

Naomi van den Broek reviews TOAST at Little Andromeda, 3 June 2021. What if women truly loved their bodies? This question is at the heart of physical theatre work TOAST by company Zen Zen Zo NZ. This is a contemporary devised work that utilises material sourced verbatim from the experiences of people during lockdown(s), and… Continue reading Review: TOAST – a compassionate comedy about loving our bodies

Review: Resolve – stellar jazz music inspired by stardust

Naomi van den Broek and Erin Harrington review Resolve at Space Academy, Thursday 27 May 2021. What would it sound like if we could hear the universe’s improvisations and movements as music? This question is explored in Resolve, which showcases new compositions and arrangements from jazz guitarist Heather Webb, in an evening presented as part… Continue reading Review: Resolve – stellar jazz music inspired by stardust

Review: Sing to Me – a powerful love story where land meets sea

Erin Harrington reviews Taki Rua's production of Sing to Me at Papa Hou, YMCA Building, on 25 May 2021. Taki Rua’s beautiful touring production Sing to Me takes as its starting point the story of Pania of the Reef, placing it within a contemporary context that acknowledges present-day cultural exchanges, the pressures of relationships and… Continue reading Review: Sing to Me – a powerful love story where land meets sea

Review: Boys – a raw and provocative account of gender and power

Erin Harrington reviews the Court Theatre Youth Company's production of Boys, 12 May 2021. The Court Theatre Youth Company's excellent production of Eleanor Bishop's Boys is a raw and angry show that asks questions about gender, power and tradition. Bishop’s script deconstructs Greg McGee’s landmark play Foreskin’s Lament, a scorching account of the fractious place… Continue reading Review: Boys – a raw and provocative account of gender and power

Review: Ladies Night – bums on stage and bums on seats

Erin Harrington reviews opening night of the Court Theatre's mainstage production of Ladies Night, on 1 May, 2021. In the last week the Court Theatre has celebrated its 50th birthday – a remarkable milestone. It follows up these festivities with the opening of a terrific production of New Zealand’s most commercially successful play, Ladies Night.… Continue reading Review: Ladies Night – bums on stage and bums on seats

Review: Owls Do Cry – a complex and arrestingly poetic performance

Naomi van den Broek reviews Red Leap Theatre's touring production of Owls Do Cry at The Gym, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, Thursday 8 April, 2021. I attend this lunchtime performance of Owls Do Cry knowing very little about the source material, New Zealand author Janet Frame’s lauded 1957 novel, and just a… Continue reading Review: Owls Do Cry – a complex and arrestingly poetic performance

Review: Transfigured Night – a bold collaborative programme that doesn’t always cohere

Naomi van den Broek reviews Chamber Music New Zealand's production Transfigured Night, a collaboration between BalletCollective Aotearoa and the New Zealand String Quartet. The performance was presented on Saturday 20 March in The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts Pīpīwharauroa: Kui-kui whitiwhiti ora, Ōtautahi Christchurch. For this programme, presented by Chamber Music New Zealand,… Continue reading Review: Transfigured Night – a bold collaborative programme that doesn’t always cohere

Review: Things I Know to be True – complex family dynamics on and off stage

Ruth Agnew reviews Things I Know to be True, an Australian family drama written by Andrew Bovell, directed by Shane Bosher, and staged at The Court Theatre. Set in the suburban home of Australian empty nesters Bob and Fran Price (Stephan Lovett and Lara MacGregor), Things I Know to be True explores the complexity of… Continue reading Review: Things I Know to be True – complex family dynamics on and off stage

Review: The Die – a portside deep-fried thriller

Ruth Agnew reviews The Die, a new drama by Joe Bennett, directed by Mike Friend and staged at Lyttelton Arts Factory. Joe Bennett’s tale of fried fish, fate and fatality is a localised kitchen sink drama that suits its Lyttleton setting beautifully. Mack is a portside version of Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman, who… Continue reading Review: The Die – a portside deep-fried thriller