The Wellingtonista

Random stuff about Wellington since 2005


Theatre Review: Destination Beehive: 2017

by Steph July 16, 2017

You possibly couldn’t get more Wellington than heading to the theatre, regardless of the weather, to watch a musical about politics. Last week, I went along to Destination Beehive: 2017, written by the clever and witty duo of Lorae Parry and Pinky Agnew. The seat of Tinakori Heights is highly contended this election as every […]

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Preview: Some shows and a party

by librarykris November 29, 2016

Wow this week is FULL of shows and there’s a party at the end of it. Let’s go! Hudson & Halls is still going strong at the Hannah Playhouse. I loved it, Mr Goulter loved it, the Wellington Theatre Awards judges loved it. Don’t miss it. Across the road at BATS Theatre Musique Romantique, Stand […]

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Review: The truth game

by librarykris October 19, 2012

Frank Stone (Alan Lovell) is acting editor of a daily newspaper. He’s been away and is back in the office and on the job again much sooner than his colleagues expected. There’s Ralph Jones (Brian Sergent),  long-serving journalist, Sam Hunter (Jessica Robinson), well-regarded journalist, Jo Pointer (Acushla-Tara Sutton), newbie journalist (who has come from blogging  […]

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Review: Eight

by librarykris August 18, 2011

Monologues have always struck me as exciting things to watch. There is only the performer and the audience. If the audience doesn’t like the performer then it can seem like a very long time sitting in the dark waiting to get back to the bar. If it works then it’s magical. In Eight, there are […]

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Post show look at: ‘Awhi Tapu’ and ‘An Oak Tree’

by librarykris July 28, 2011

‘Awhi Tapu’ and ‘An Oak Tree’ are on until the end of the week.  I found both fascinating for the way the story was told as much as for the narrative. Awhi Tapu at Downstage is set in a small ex-timber town. Wendyl is the leader holding Raj, Casper, and Girl Girl, together. He’s hoping […]

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Review: Heat

by Robyn February 1, 2011

Baby, it’s cold outside. “Heat”, by New Zealand playwright Linda Chanwai-Earle, returns to Wellington after its 2008 debut at Bats. I didn’t quite know what to expect of this icy Antarctic tale, but I ended up really enjoying it, and found it surprisingly moving. Set in an isolated research hut in Antarctica, it focuses on […]

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Camping at Circa

by Dan January 25, 2011

While lots of Wellingtonians are off holidaying in remote parts of the country (huddling under canvas, finding sandbags to keep the creek out, hoping the caravan doesn’t blow away) Circa Theatre have kindly brought the camp site to those of us who stayed at home – in the form of Dave Armstrong’s new play The […]

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Review: The Second Test

by Robyn December 9, 2010

Jonathan Brugh’s one-man play The Second Test returns to Wellington, this time playing at Circa. The Second Test tells the amazing true-life story of New Zealand cricketer Bob Blair, whose fiancee Nerissa Love was tragically killed in the Tangiwai disaster while Bob was in South Africa on tour with the New Zealand cricket team (also […]

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