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The Grid – New Digital Art Space

Written by Nadia Freeman Wellington’s newest and potentially first digital art space opened this month, and I am deeply appreciative of the entrepreneurial spirit of Shannon Brosnahan Inglis and Delainy Jamahl. In an era when investment in the arts is dwindling, launching a venture of this scale and quality is inspiring. Initiatives like this infuse […]

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Best of the Week: May 18-25

Our weekly wrap-up of what’s good,  this time featuring featuring Emma, Joanna and Tom Emma’s bests Best theatre: Farce Onion at BATS – a deeply warming joyous nonsense improvised time Best vibes: Stillwater – I only had a drink there with some mates so I can’t speak to the efficacy of their coffee or food […]

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A lengthy mea culpa, 20 years of history and a reboot?

If you don’t like lengthy deep navel gazing, take this tl:dr and be on your way until the next post: the Wellingtonista website has been very neglected for a number of years, and I intend to do better – perhaps you might like to contribute something too.  I was 24 when James asked me to […]

Review: Prima Facie

By Nadia Freeman Prima Facie shares an authentic story of a woman’s experience of assault and navigating the judicial system to seek justice. The nearly sell-out season demonstrates that despite the raw and challenging subject, there is a strong calling for stories like this.   Rape is a word people don’t want to say, and for […]

Review: The Best is Yet to Come

Featured Image Graphic designer: Jared Pallesen  Featured Image Photographer: Leoluchino Linumus    The performance style for The Best is Yet to Come has a little bit of everything autobiography, ted talk, magic show and queer inspirational guidance. Adorned in wonderfully sparkling nails and gems across his forehead, Jeremy Rolston opened the show with some guidance […]

Review: Concept for a Film

A Beautiful Harmony of Theatre, Music and So Mush Spore.   I loved the novel format of storytelling that ‘Concept for a Film’ delivered. The scene opens with Max Barton, sitting at a desk that faces the audience, reading out the script for a film. These readings are intermittently dispersed with many disruptions including phone calls […]

Review: The Sensemaker

Produced by ‘Woman’s Move’ from Switzerland and co-directed by choreographers Elsa Couvreur and Iona D’Annunzio. The Sensemaker starts as a clever and understated comedy that uses dance, movement and sound as its main devices. Theatre like this is at its best when minimal and perfectly timed, which is a key strength of The Sensemaker. The […]

Review: The Culture

The Culture, starts before the performers come on stage with a montage of video footage of news articles on systemic and political misogyny. This sets the scene for the everyday ways women are disadvantaged that are so embedded, that they often go unnoticed. The newsfeed soon fades out, the lights come up, and Will and […]

Review: U R Here

Reviewed by Nadia Freeman U R Here is an invitation to take things a little less seriously, to forget about the business of adulthood and be playful. Set away from the day-to-day rhythm of urban living. Barbarian Productions draws us out to Martin Luckie Park in Berhampore. On arrival, my group is welcomed by 80’s […]

Review: Access

Review by Nadia Freeman Reading the cues of human emotion is an inherent trait that we take for granted. Some of us view emotion differently from others or can find it more challenging. Access, presents an opportunity to analyse this form of human expression more closely. After collecting our tickets we are asked to wait […]