Have a look at show pictures and behind the scenes at Flickrâ„¢
Ever wondered what a theatre show looks like behind the scenes? Or you want to have a look at some images from a show before you buy your tickets? Or simply drift away in memories when watching shots from a production youâ€™ve recently seen? Have a look at our newly established photo gallery at Flickr. From now on you can have a look at pictures from shows, rehearsals and behind the scenes at http://www.flickr.com/photos/downstage/ We hope you enjoy them!
Continuing the fine tradition of mixing up venues for different purposes comes On the Wireless. It’s radio in the theatre! Yay!
The show is three original and hilarious radio plays performed on-stage with live sound effects and live music.
at 6 at the San Francisco Bathhouse on Tuesday December 4. The show stars Wellington actors Gareth Williams (The Lonesome Buckwhips), Brad McCormick(Stones in His Pockets) and Leon Wadham (The Cape), and the Wellingtonista would like to salute all three gentlemen for appreciating that theatre goes so much better with caberet-style seating and a bottle on the table in front of you.
PS: Don’t worry, we’re assured it’ll be finished in time for Quiz…
Just a quick note to recommend Dean Parkerâ€™s theatrical adaptation of The Hollow Men, which is on now at BATS. My position in the theatre industry prevents me from doing a proper review which means I can’t tell you how funny and pointed it is, nor how expertly directed it is (by Jonathan Hendry) or how good many of the performances are (particularly Stephen Papps as Brash).
The Hollow Men plays at BATS until Thursday 11 October and then travels to Centrepoint in Palmerston North for a season.
The lovely people at Downstage have offered Wellingtonista-readers the chance to see the new NZ play Finding Murdoch free next Monday or Tuesday.
Reviewer John Smythe at theatreview.org.nz said of the show:
My partner loved it and rugby is not her bag. But then itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s written by a woman about a womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desire to achieve and understand, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s directed by a woman, so I shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be surprised. Which isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t to say rugby orientated blokes wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like it too. Heading for the car (after the Monday 6.30 show) I bumped into Keith Quinn Ã¢â‚¬â€œ of sportscasting fame Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and asked him if heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d just been to Finding Murdoch. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Saw it on opening night,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s terrific. You should go.Ã¢â‚¬Â
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more about the show here, and we have 20 double-passes to give away to either Monday or Tuesday of next week. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“WellingtonistaÃ¢â‚¬Â in the subject line, and the name of the All Black the play is about in the body of the email, and the magic of time-stamping will do the rest. First 20 are in.
Whilst a paid theatre reviewer would probably use phrases such as “professional”, “engaging”, “a delight”, “something for the adults” and “a must see for all the family” my son and I can only say – GO! It’s a total hoot and you’ll love the music (pop), jokes (topical) and acting (awesome).
Where: The Gryphon on Ghuznee [ZoomIn map]
When: now until Saturday 14th of April
Time: 11 am, 1 pm; 3pm Mon – Fri
Price: $10 per person, $36 for family
How to book: 04-934 4068 or just turn up
Age: 3+ years
Oscar is a hotshot young actor in the bustling Elizabethan Wellington theatre scene, loved by the Publick, but resented by the authorities. When he is kicked out of his theatre company for Ã¢â‚¬ËœimprovisingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, he must fight, not only to get his job back, but also to stop the Queen from pushing the country into all-out war…
What if Wellington were the centre of the Elizabethan world, pioneering an explosion in theatre, fashion, new music and coffeehouses at the birth of the modern age?
Awesome. The short pitch is ‘Whale Rider meets Shakespeare in Love’, but the above is the longer synopsis of the plot for The Player and the Advocate – a new film being written by Wellingtonian John Parker.
John’s having a public reading of the feature film treatment on…
Sunday 1st October, 4:00pm
@ Katipo CafÃƒÂ©, 76 Willis Street, Wellington
Duration: 1 hour (45 minutes for reading, 15 minutes feedback session)
Featuring: Erin Banks and James Stewart, two of Wellington’s finest theatrical talent
…so feel free to head along and help shape what will hopefully be one of the next great pieces of Wellington film-making at its earliest stages.
This year we’ve got How to Live in a World Full of Terrorists, Generator, and, winner of best title award, Butt Ugly, which also sounds like it has the most entertaining (if familiar) plot: “What happens when all the odd-ball freaks band together and set out for revenge?”
The Y&H plays are always good fun, and have spawned many a renowned thespian over the years – be sure to pop along and spot new theatre talent in the making. Book at Bats.
Those of you who missed out on the first season of Julie Hill’s play ‘Stories Told to Me by Girls‘ should head down to Happy tonight or tomorrow (or yesterday or the day before that, if you have the technology), to catch a special return season. Laurie Atkinson’s review in the Dom is suitably gushing… […]
Well, after a well-earned holiday, the staff of Wellingtonista Towers are starting to retake their respective blogging places around the spacious and freshly decorated open plan office. First up in our ‘recommended things to do in the evening now that your days have returned to the daily working grind’ is “Stories Told to Me by […]
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