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Review: Rigoletto

by Sophie August 25, 2019

Verdi’s Rigoletto is a classic, and deservedly so.  The story was based on a Victor Hugo play, adapted somewhat to avoid censorship.  Hugo, by all accounts, was not at all happy that his play was being plagiarised (and by an Italian!) until he attended and was amazed by a performance.  Musically it was rather revolutionary, […]

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Don’t feed dogs chocolate – put it in beer instead

by Joanna July 27, 2019

Guest post by Krystle, thanks Krystle! Coffee, chocolate, and beer…these are a few of Wellingtonians’ favorite things – and thanks to a collab, you can now drink a fusion of all three. Local legends Black Dog Brewery and Wellington Chocolate Factory have teamed up to produce the Bean Me Up Mocha Stout. You may be […]

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Review: NZSO Baroque Series – Water Music

by Tom Ackroyd February 5, 2019

Telemann: Water Music “Hamburger Ebb und Fluth” (TWV 55:C3) Händel: Water Music (HWV 348-350) St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington Friday 1 Feb 2019 Listening to the two “Water Music” suites by Telemann and Handel fill the echoing expanse of St. Paul’s, I wondered how it is we find reverberation so attractive. Is it a cultural association […]

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Review: The Blender (Sundays with BaseJump Improv)

by Emma Maguire June 18, 2018

With a dash of insanity, a smidge of ridiculousness, and a lot of Wellingtonian wit, BaseJump Improv’s new show The Blender is a wild ride for your Sunday evening. We don’t tend to see Sundays as a ‘going to theatre day’ but with a show running at roughly forty-five minutes long, this piece is easily manageable between […]

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Review: Romeo and Juliet at Victoria University

by Emma Maguire May 22, 2018

Victoria University’s Romeo and Juliet is an utter triumph of stagecraft. The mood within Studio 77, the campus’ main blackbox theatre, seems fittingly Shakespearean as thunder rolls overhead and rain pours down outside. We’re all here to see Romeo and Juliet, arguably one of theatre’s most played-out stories, but I’ve never seen it quite like this. Our cast, members […]

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Review: Andrew Maxwell – Showtime

by Emma Maguire May 17, 2018

Andrew Maxwell is baffled by New Zealand. And fair enough too. As he so lovingly puts it, our news cycle is a mad mess of fallen trees and cats on buses. We spend far too much time caring about things that aren’t global political conflicts and Trump. Why should we worry about global politics when […]

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Review: Wilson Dixon’s What a Country

by Emma Maguire May 16, 2018

Guest review by Emma Maguire When I glance around the theatre before What a Country and notice that I’m definitely the youngest person in the audience I realise that I might be slightly out of this show’s demographic. I also hate country music. But that’s alright, because Wilson Dixon’s What a Country manages to transcend […]

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Zoom zoom Zoomy?

by Joanna October 9, 2017

We wrote about Uber when they first came to Wellington so I’m not here to regurgitate the many cons (though this ‘game’ about the life of an Uber driver is worth a play, similar to Action Station’s Pick A Path). The obvious truth is that for passengers, Uber is super convenient. Now there’s New Zealand-based […]

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WOAP 2017: Portlander

by Joanna August 12, 2017

The Portlander at the Rydges Wellington is well-known for its beef – they are a steak restaurant after all. So of course their newish head chef decided to do a chicken burger for Wellington on a Plate, because it was his chance to do something different. I was lucky enough to be invited in to […]

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Wrap battles: Nam D vs Wraps & Rolls

by Joanna April 26, 2017

There’s been an explosion of Vietnamese places to eat in Wellington in recent years and we are definitely not complaining about that. But with so many options, how do you choose where to go? For this post, I’m going to compare two places that are right by each other on The Terrace. Both are around […]

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