Review: The Girl on the Train – innovative, immersive, but empty

Erin Harrington reviews The Court Theatre's production of The Girl on the Train, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel from Paula Hawkins' novel, directed by Holly Chappell, Friday 21 May, 2022. The Court Theatre has been as much a victim of the pandemic as any other company that stages big shows and relies on… Continue reading Review: The Girl on the Train – innovative, immersive, but empty

Review: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit – a one-of-a-kind absurdist experiment

Erin Harrington reviews White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, presented by JMO Theatrics, at Little Andromeda, Wednesday 13 April 2022. It is hard to write about White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, presented at Little Andromeda by JMO Theatrics, as anything said could stray into a violation of its central conceit. What we do know, and can say: Iranian… Continue reading Review: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit – a one-of-a-kind absurdist experiment

Review: The Barden Party – magical al fresco Shakespeare in a garden near you

Erin Harrington reviews The Barden Party's touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed at a private residence in Swannanoa, North Canterbury, 2 April 2022. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of those rare works that is pretty much smashproof. It doesn’t matter if it’s performed by intermediate school students or the Royal Shakespeare Company,… Continue reading Review: The Barden Party – magical al fresco Shakespeare in a garden near you

Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous! A Drag Murder Miss-tery – sequins, shade, and big chaos energy

Erin Harrington reviews Drop Dead Gorgeous! A Drag Murder Miss-tery, presented by Les Femmes at Little Andromeda, 24 March 2022. The smell of poisoned lip gloss is in the air at the debut of Drop Dead Gorgeous! A Drag Murder Miss-tery. The show features Auckland-based drag cabaret act Les Femmes - Miss Manage (Jeremy Hinman),… Continue reading Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous! A Drag Murder Miss-tery – sequins, shade, and big chaos energy

Review: Daybreak Estate – last drinks at the end of the world

Erin Harrington reviews Daybreak Estate, presented by All You Can Eat Productions at Little Andromeda, 17 March 2022. Choreographer Jessie McCall’s hour-long work Daybreak Estate is a wickedly funny, provocative and ultimately profound piece of dance theatre. It invites us to a bougie influencer retreat at the end of the world, where the only things… Continue reading Review: Daybreak Estate – last drinks at the end of the world

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

Ghost light, or, the week that wasn’t

A ghost light is a light left on inside a theatre that’s gone dark, usually sitting in the centre of the stage. Some say it’s to placate (or scare off) theatre ghosts, some say it’s to stop people falling in the orchestra pit in the dark; both are valid. (It is also the name of… Continue reading Ghost light, or, the week that wasn’t