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Preview: Anahera

by librarykris September 7, 2017

Anahera is the new play from Emma Kinane. Described as an “enthralling mix of an intense missing child drama and a behind-closed-doors look at New Zealand’s social services” it’s a contemporary domestic thriller about a struggling Kiwi family and how one woman making a stand could make all the difference. A finalist in last year’s Adam […]

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Preview: Caging skies

by librarykris August 11, 2017

Opening tomorrow night at Circa Theatre is the world premiere of Caging Skies. It’s a “haunting story of love and obsession that explores truth and lies at both political and personal levels.” “Johannes, a zealous member of the Vienna Hitler Youth, discovers a fateful secret – his family is hiding a young Jewish woman, Elsa, […]

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Review: Three days in the country

by librarykris June 2, 2017

Set against the backdrop of 1850’s Russia. Serfs (aka slaves) still work the land under the estate holder’s control.  Reform is coming and the country is restless. Rakitin is visiting his friend Arkady at his country estate.  Arkady’s wife Natalya is recovering from her illness. Their son Kolya, and their ward Vera, are spending time […]

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Review: Olive Copperbottom

by librarykris May 12, 2017

Penny Ashton presents a new musical inspired by the writings of Charles Dickens as part of Comedy Festival 2017. Olive, a beautiful virtuous orphan, teaches the younger orphans at Mrs Sourtart’s squalid orphanage in exchange for a place to live. Her suitor, Edward Goodsort, was reclaimed from the same establishment by his moneyed family and now lives […]

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Shows on this week

by librarykris April 4, 2017

At BATS Theatre: Starting this week is an encore season of Onstage Dating by performance artist Bron Batten. Watch as she goes on first dates on stage. (These are actual first dates with a stranger, not with a performing audience plant.) Witness the vulnerability, thrills and heartbreak of the dating experience up close, as Bron […]

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Review: Manifesto 2083

by librarykris February 14, 2017

On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people and injured more than 200 in Norway. Before he attacked his fellow citizens he sent out a 1500 page manifesto containing racist propaganda, philosophical reflections, bomb manuals, interviews he conducted with himself and diary entries. Danish theatre makers Christian Lollike, Olaf Højgaard and Tanja Diers […]

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Review: Jekyll and Hyde

by librarykris January 29, 2017

Famous French* company A Slightly Isolated Dog (so French, so famous) is back with Jekyll & Hyde. It’s about a very good man – Dr Jekyll – who indulges his very bad side – Mr Hyde – by drinking a potion. Only it’s not long before he doesn’t need to drink the potion for his dark […]

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Preview: Theatre shows on this week

by librarykris December 13, 2016

  It’s all singing and dancing this week at Circa and BATS. (Just what I need to get me through my second to last week at work before the holidays tbh.) Scarlet and Gold continues at Circa Theatre as does Roger Hall’s “Jack and The Beanstalk”. (My review of Scarlet and Gold here. I haven’t […]

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Review: Scarlet and gold

by librarykris December 7, 2016

This play dramatises the real events of the 1912 Waihi goldminers’ strike which started in March and went through to November.  It follows the fortunes of the strikers’ families and parallels the struggle with the Suffragette movement in England. Playwright Lorae Parry focuses much of the script on the women in the strikers’ families. (There […]

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Reviews of Hillary Clinton / Young Lover and Discharge goes back to school

by librarykris February 4, 2016

Review: Hillary Clinton / Young Lover Richard Meros is back. Older, more travelled, more ambitious in his attempt to bring about a golden age of trans-pacific partnerships.  He’s convinced Hillary Clinton needs a young lover to boost her poll ratings so that she can get into the White House. (And be in charge.) (Of the […]

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