Preview: Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn

Red Leap Theatre presents Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn, written by Paolo Rotondo and directed by Julie Nolan. The show is set in the era of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, up at Kororāreka (present-day Russell). Fictionalised from the stories of real life NZ women, it follows Maggie Flynn, who leaves Ireland […]

Preview: (a smidge of) Pidge

Hank of Thread presents (a smidge of) Pidge, a black comedy about identity and the anxiety that is inextricably tied to it. The show fuses clowning, song and dance to show the myriad ways that we are all simultaneously the same and different, ultimately celebrating the absurdity of it all.   Written by Sherilee Kahui […]

Review: The Dinner

  Take one part absurd comedy, one part awkward dinner with your parents, and a dash of glorious manicism, and you have The Dinner, a unique improv show currently being played at Circa Theatre. Being performed for the first time outside of Europe, this play brings together five dinner guests (four friends, and a new […]

Preview:WTF! Women’s Theatre Festival 17 Aug – 27 Oct 2018

Circa Theatre is delighted to announce the lineup for its annual WTF! Women’s Theatre Festival. A packed line up of four plays, one devised work, one developmental season, two play readings, and a writing workshop all showcase women playwrights, directors, designers, actors, dancers, musicians and theatre workers. They give voice to historical female characters as […]

Preview: Songs for Nobodies

Songs for Nobodies shares five life-changing encounters between five everyday women whose lives have been touched in some way by five legendary divas – Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas.The show includes songs such as Patsy Cline’s Crazy, Judy Garland’s Come Rain or Come Shine and Edith Piaf’s Non, Je Ne […]

Review: The Don

Lust, Murder and Revenge.  The Don is a bastardization of Don Giovanni, and I mean that in a very good way. One man, accompanied by a musician, several films, and a puppet, aims to recreate the entirety of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in just under an hour and thoroughly succeeds. This show is an hour of glorious manicism, of many, many accents, and of […]

Preview: The Loneliest Whale in the World

This isn’t a break up show. It’s about marine science. So begins the blurb for this production coming up at Bats Theatre from July 10-14. A play about whales seems to be very very timely for Wellington right now, but this one has been in the making for a long time. “Four years ago, my friend […]

Review: Meremere

Simply put, Meremere is a memoir come to life. I don’t feel qualified to ‘review’ the piece and the rich layers of culture, history, identity, and art contained within. It’s not quite dance, nor a film or a play – there’s a rawness that will appeal to those well-versed in the performing arts as much […]

Review: The Blender (Sundays with BaseJump Improv)

With a dash of insanity, a smidge of ridiculousness, and a lot of Wellingtonian wit, BaseJump Improv’s new show The Blender is a wild ride for your Sunday evening. We don’t tend to see Sundays as a ‘going to theatre day’ but with a show running at roughly forty-five minutes long, this piece is easily manageable between […]

Naked girls. Reading. In Wellington.

In advance of Naked Girls Reading; the motherhood edition this Saturday at the Fringe Bar, I put a few questions to its producer, Hugo Grrrl. Okay, first off. Naked girls reading – what in the heck is this? And who are you? Naked Girls Reading is exactly what it sounds like – it’s completely naked […]