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Random stuff about Wellington since 2005


Preview: New Zealand Improv Festival

by librarykris October 3, 2016

The New Zealand Improv Festival is at BATS Theatre all this week. See some of the country’s best practitioners and companies in unscripted theatre that’s devised before your face. That’s right – no scripts, no set plays. Here’s how it works – each show will have a frame for the show the improvisers will create.  […]

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WOAP: Burger, burger, bugger!

by Joanna August 22, 2016

TL:DR: we ate two pretty decent burgers and will never return to Foxglove. Pig Mac at the Featherston On Friday at lunchtime I knew I had to eat something WOAPy in order to keep up the reviews, but was craving freshness. I thought I might be able to get into Annam without a booking, because […]

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Welly on a Plate 2016: it begins

by Joanna August 15, 2016

So Wellington on a Plate has been going for four days now, and I have three things to report back on so far. Good on me, let’s see if I can keep this pace up (I won’t be able to). The Suite Life at the Bolton Hotel Tapas and wine Dine Wellington menu at Sterling […]

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The Hour/Week of Beer is Upon Us

by Herbertimo August 10, 2016

Beervana kicks off on Friday with four sessions over two days and there’s a LOT of beer related activities on before then. The Road to Beervana began on Sunday and there are events taking place in bars all over the city and even further afield in Auckland and Christchurch. I’m not going to attempt to tell […]

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Preview: Kia Mau Festival 2016

by librarykris June 7, 2016

Eight companies perform eight productions over three weeks in the Kia Mau festival of theatre and dance. Matariki is the perfect time of the year to indulge your senses with world class theatre and dance hosted by BATS Theatre, Te Papa, and Circa Theatre. First up (tonight!) is Versions of Allah presented by contemporary indigenous theatre […]

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Review: The moa show

by librarykris April 27, 2016

The Junction Hotel is pub in rural Thames. It’s fairly typical– a bar, a dart board, a smoking area, the regulars. There’s Henry Hikoi from Ngati Pukeko, Brian Tritt who’s in every day, and Carmichael. When the three of them start drinking together and talking about the moa in the hills they wake up in […]

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A journey around the Billiards Room (and tables)

by Sue Tyler March 14, 2016

Last week, Wellingtonista’s ace literary team was lucky enough to get invited along to the pre-launch Writers’ Week Welcome, held within the Museum Art Hotel‘s very swanky Billiards Room. Following on from last year’s sale of the Courtenay-district landmark (let’s not go busting out the dreaded “iconic” just yet) to Sydney-based EVT (Event, Hospitality and […]

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Review: Te Pō

by librarykris March 3, 2016

Three men gather in a room. Detective Inspector Brett is looking for Bruce Mason who has gone missing. Reverend Athol Sedgewick had dinner with Mason the night before last and is possibly the last person to see him before he disappeared. Werihe has an eight o’clock appointment with the playwright. No-one has any idea where he […]

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NZ Fringe impressions

by librarykris February 26, 2016

Real quick impressions of 3 NZ Fringe shows They’re all worth your money. A note on koha: Most of the shows I’ve seen are recommending between $10-$20 for koha. BRING CHANGE. It’s just rude to reach into the koha box because you’ve only got a $20. If you’ve only got a $20 give the performers […]

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Review: Hart

by librarykris February 22, 2016

There is a ring of white in the middle of the stage. A man stands inside it, slightly to the side. In the dark we listen to politicians and radio hosts discuss Indigenous Australians. Taken from their families ‘for their own good’, ‘to save them from themselves’. A lone voice offers an apology. The sobering […]

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