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Review: TRASH GLAM DRAG SLAM

by librarykris June 28, 2018

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 […]

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Review: Beneath skin and bone

by librarykris June 14, 2018

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 […]

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Review: The Atom Room

by librarykris June 12, 2018

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 […]

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Preview: Welcome to the Murder House

by librarykris May 23, 2018

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 […]

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Review: Troll

by librarykris April 5, 2018

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 […]

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Review: Awkward Threesome

by librarykris March 14, 2018

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 […]

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Review: Zest Food Tours

by Jess October 31, 2017

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 […]

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Review: The Father

by librarykris October 24, 2017

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 […]

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Review: The Pickle King

by Steph September 4, 2017

The Pickle King is on now at the Hannah Playhouse and is a colourful, quirky and unique tale of love, death and what is worth preserving. Once the finest hotel in town, the Empire is now as faded as the dreams of the piano player who haunts the lobby. Ammachy runs the Empire with an […]

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Preview: The Swimmer

by librarykris August 7, 2017

“The Swimmer” is a story of love between two young women who are both professional swimmers. Despite their love for each other their story is not simple. Anna’s mother is deeply involved in her life and she works tirelessly to shape her daughter to be the successful swimmer she never was. She will do anything to make sure […]

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