Review: Te Radar’s Eating the dog

by librarykris on September 15, 2011

Te Radar has a passion for history. This show has developed over a number of years from an original commission by the Christchurch Arts Festival, in conjunction with Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, in 2005. There he explored South Island history. Here, he explores some of New Zealand’s history. Explorers, highwaymen, inventors, and entertainers are all brought under the spotlight. It’s a strange thing to be in a theatre watching a powerpoint presentation and enjoying it.

It’s not only the scripted stuff that’s funny. He does a great line in self-deprecation, inviting us to laugh at him laughing at us laughing at him. Watch him closely – a flick of his eyes, a twitch of his mouth adds a lot to his relationship with the audience. I got the sense that he’s done a lot of research and that there’s probably 2 or 3 more shows (at least) worth of material. It’s really nice to relax into a show knowing that you will be entertained by someone who’s enjoying themselves.

This is Downstage’s last main show before they go grey for a while. It’s a return season and it’s still a cracker.

Dan September 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I’d just like to add my 2c and say that I laughed until I cried – several times. If there is such a thing as a guaranteed great night’s entertainment, this is it.

Kowhai September 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Good times, great show. Laughing and learning is a good combo.

librarykris September 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

I’m really pleased to hear that people are going back a second time with a different group of people.

Stephen Judd October 1, 2011 at 7:49 am

Went last night, loved it. Tonight is the last performance — you should go.

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