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Review: Uneasy Dreams and Other Things

by Emma Maguire October 20, 2018

Directed by Sara Brodie. Written by Lori Leigh. Uneasy Dreams and Other Things is a glorious, hilarious (in some places) piece of theatre, inspired by Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.  However, instead of turning into a giant bug overnight, our reluctant heroine, Samantha (Lydia Peckham), grows a penis. She spends the entirety of the play trying to deal […]

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Preview: Medusa

by librarykris September 19, 2018

With a head of poisonous snakes and a murderous gaze, Medusa has come to epitomise female monstrosity. Caravaggio painted her. Shakespeare wrote about her. Freud had a bloody field day. The original myth of Medusa follows the fate of the beautiful maiden Medusa who is turned into a monster by the goddess Athena after she […]

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Review: Modern Girls in Bed

by Emma Maguire September 3, 2018

What would you do if you found Kate Sheppard in your bed? I’ll be honest, I don’t really know, but Modern Girls in Bed attempts to find out. Ally (Maria Williams) and Petra (Isadora Lao) are two young women holding their own Bed-In together, not for Peace, but to improve the dreariness of their lives. They intend […]

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Review: The Dinner

by Emma Maguire August 11, 2018

  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 […]

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

by librarykris July 27, 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 […]

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Preview: Songs for Nobodies

by librarykris July 24, 2018

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 […]

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Preview: Meremere

by librarykris June 19, 2018

Meremere is a powerful and moving performance in which dancer Rodney Bell (Ngāti Maniapoto) brings to life his incredible journey; ranging from the highs of an international performance career to the lows of homelessness in America to redemption in the form of a return to Aotearoa and reconnection with his Māori and artistic heritage. It […]

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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: Still life with chickens

by librarykris May 1, 2018

Still Life with Chickens is coming to Wellington this month after seasons in Auckland and Palmerston North. A simple story about an older woman discovering a naughty chicken invading her garden it becomes a beautiful and funny play about loneliness and the resilience of communities. Actor & puppeteer Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson answered some questions about the show. […]

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Review: At The Wake

by librarykris March 23, 2018

Robert’s mother Olivia has died unexpectedly and he’s returned from New York for her funeral. His grandmother Joan is pleased he’s back as she’s devastated by her daughter’s death. Joan has been a big part of Robert’s life since his father Tofi walked out before he was born. A little bit of courage will get […]

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