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: 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: Asian Kiwiana – elevating the voices of young Asian New Zealanders

Ruth Agnew reviews Asian Kiwiana from Yugto Productions at Little Andromeda on Friday 18 June 2021. Please note, this review is not impartial; the Asian Kiwiana cast, crew and creatives sang their way into this Chiwi chick’s (Chiwi= Chinese New Zealander) heart. It’s hard to view a show impartially when your eyes are full of… Continue reading Review: Asian Kiwiana – elevating the voices of young Asian New Zealanders

Review: Once – a yearning, joyous musical about love and home

Erin Harrington reviews Once, directed by Melanie Luckman, with musical supervision and direction from Luke Di Somma and Andy Manning, at The Court Theatre, Saturday 19 June 2021. The musical romantic dramedy Once is a demanding production to programme and stage. This multi-award-winning show, based on John Carney’s celebrated 2006 film, is a funny, sweet… Continue reading Review: Once – a yearning, joyous musical about love and home

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: 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: The Addams – a playful film about the spooky, ooky creative process

Erin Harrington reviews The Addams, a short film from Many Hats Theatre Company that screens at Lumière Cinema, 14-15 May 2021. The Addams is a short film that highlights truth in the adage that ‘the show must go on’. The engaging and funny 30-minute short chronicles the work of Many Hats, a theatre company made… Continue reading Review: The Addams – a playful film about the spooky, ooky creative process