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Review: Young & Hungry 2015 season

by librarykris July 20, 2015

The Young & Hungry festival of new theatre provides young people with the opportunity to gain practical experience working in a theatre under pressured timeframes. Actors, technicians, designers, & directors have all been mentored through the programme. The three shows in the 2015 season are quite different in style but uniformly entertaining. How to catch a […]

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Read Books, Save Lives – The Annual DCM Bookfair

by Sue Tyler July 9, 2015

Instead kicking off on all the amazing books you’ll find at Bookfair this weekend. I thought you might like to know how cold it’s been in Wellington, last night it was 2.7°C in Kelburn overnight, with a light dusting of snow.  Snow is fun except when you don’t have a place to call home, to store your belongings, […]

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Review: the beautiful ones

by librarykris July 2, 2015

Hana (Awhimai Fraser) was sent away from the club in disgrace by owner Mr Sir (Tanemahuta Gray). She promises boyfriend, Ihia (Manuel Solomon), that she will return on a particular night if he dances from dawn to dusk. But she is frightened by his father Sir Sir, (Nathan Gray) and unsure as to how she […]

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Sleeping Beauty on Ice

by Martha Craig July 2, 2015

Sleeping Beauty on Ice plays at the St James until the 5th July.Part of a worldwide tour by the Imperial Ice Stars, a group consisting of actual skating heroes. It is based on the ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s tunes. I’m pretty convinced all ballet should actually be performed on iceskates, an opinion formed in the […]

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Review : Long ago, long ago

by librarykris June 25, 2015

Ella (Susie Berry) has a new job working on a psychic hotline. Audrey (Isobel MacKinnon), her sister, is a postgraduate student investigating the links between fairytales from different countries. Their brother Ben (Jack Buchanan) is interested in making machines; in tangible objects rather than computers. Audrey comes to live with Ella while her flat is […]

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Two shows in Wellington

by librarykris June 12, 2015

Reviews of Second afterlife by Ralph McCubbin Howell, and Not in our neighbourhood by Jamie McCaskill.

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Ahi Kaa Festival

by librarykris June 9, 2015

Celebrating Matariki with the best of Maori theatre and dance, the inaugural Ahi Kaa Festival officially opens tonight. In a city where some theatre practitioners think it’s okay to use blackface on stage because ‘it’s what the audience of the theatre form would have expected’ it is welcome. This festival will show off truly innovative work […]

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Review: Lysistrata

by librarykris June 3, 2015

War has been going on forever. Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece and the known world to withhold sex from their husbands (and lovers, occasional shags, one-night-stands etc) in order to force the men to broker world peace. The women agree and despite being tempted hold true to their promise. Will the men come together […]

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Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival

by Martha Craig June 1, 2015

The Wellingtonista sent along Glen Barris, a mature and frankly very attractive, student of Architecture along to the launch of the Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival. He seemed to enjoy it: “The Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival is on in Wellington until 10 June. On Thursday night I went to see ‘Bernardes’ – […]

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God Save the Makers

by Sue Tyler May 29, 2015

It’s Queens birthday most of us have the following priorities 1. sleeping in 2. wondering who isn’t doing a public holiday surcharge on Monday   some of us have another overriding annual priority How much making can one person do in a single weekend at Handmade. Wellington annual Festival celebrating those who make, the bakers, […]

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