Review: Why are we still here?

Four women on the run break into an abandoned theatre to shelter from a terrible storm. The group’s leader, Benny, is the first to notice they’re not alone – there are two others in the building. It takes the group of women a little while to discover that the ‘others’ are ghosts but by then […]

WOAP 2018: Forage Kitchen + Bar

I’ve lived in central Wellington for more than five years and had no idea there was a hotel on The Terrace behind Willis Street, nestled just over a dark residential hill. The more you know.  A few weeks back, I got to sample the WOAP festival menu of the hotel restaurant, Forage Kitchen + Bar, […]

Review: TRASH GLAM DRAG SLAM

Long Cloud Youth Theatre ensemble, under the direction of Brett Adam, present an entertaining show about power and gender. The script was created from their honest discussions about their responses to current world events and interviews with family, friends, and people on the street. Various scenarios discussing sexism, slut shaming, gender stereotypes, peer pressure and […]

Review: Beneath skin and bone

Poto Manawa has a new flat. She took a quick trip to pick up a few things from her Mum’s place…and now her relatives won’t stop phoning her. They want her to come to a whānau hui. She’s reluctant to return to the homestead although she can’t quite remember why. Until Paia comes along to […]

Review: The Atom Room

150 years into the future Sarah and Danny meet, fall in love, and get married in a Wellington devastated by earthquakes, climate change, and the effects of a distant nuclear explosion. Then their careers separate them by distance – Danny in Wellington working to save the Earth, Sarah on Mars working to create a new […]

Preview: Welcome to the Murder House

Indian Ink Theatre Company present their latest show written by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis  and commissioned by American theatre company South Coast Repertory Theatre. Welcome to the Murder House is a deliciously dark tragedy of comic proportions. The dawning of the electric age in 1890’s America brought about massive technological and social change creating […]

Review: Troll

Otto receives a photo on his phone one morning. It’s of the house he and his family moved to when he was around 13. The house where something nasty lived in the walls and came out to play… This is a mythical story about a troll (both definitions) transplanted to New Zealand in the early […]

Review: Awkward Threesome

The frame for this improvised show is: experienced improvisors Jennifer O’Sullivan and Matt Powell are joined on stage by a mystery guest. (They really have no idea who the guest is.) Once the guest arrives (on opening night it was Jonny Paul)  the audience will provide a word which will be the inspiration for the […]

Review: Zest Food Tours

An eating tour of Wellington? That’s basically every weekend in my life, but it hadn’t occurred to me to try a structured one. Enter Zest Food Tours, who run eating extravaganzas masquerading as walking tours. Get your culture and history while also stuffing your face? Yes please. We took a condensed sampler version of the […]

Review: The Father

André lives in his flat where Anne, his daughter, visits him. He’d rather his daughter Elise visited but she’s busy with her art work. Or is she? And who is Pierre? And why does Laura keep coming around? This show explores reality and perception in a family situation which is familiar to many people. What […]