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Preview: Meremere

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...

Review: The Blender (Sundays with BaseJump Improv)

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...

Naked girls. Reading. In Wellington.

In advance of Naked Girls Reading; the motherhood edition this Saturday at the Fringe Bar, I put a few questions to its producer, Hugo Grrrl. header image featuring '50s style kitsch and pinupsOkay, first off. Naked girls reading – what in the...

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...

Review: The Atom Room

A woman looks up at a destroyed Bucket Fountain sculpture150 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...

Saint Fabiola fabulousness

inside the store, all concrete and fancyLast Friday we had a lovely time at the opening of St Fabiola on Lombard Street (you may have seen us tweeting about the pies from Pickle and Pie, because, you know, priorities), so this week,...

My predictions for Wellington on a Plate 2018

Tomorrow is my favourite launch of the year – the Wellington on a Plate programme. In advance, and without having looked at their website, here’s what I think it will include (or not) so we can...

NZSO Shed Series: “Juxtaposition”

My first trip to the new Shed 6 was a few weeks ago to see contemporary music outfit Stroma. They were playing a sampler of modern art music, stretching from Ravel and Schoenberg, through...

The Best Support Is To Become a Customer

The phrase, “The Best Support Is To Become a Customer:, has been for a long time popping out of my mouth, and yet there are many that dispute my stance, especially with the, “This is just...

It’s Never A Big Week At The Office When You Work With Great People

A week of Techweek TV from Auckland to Christchurch and then a 24 hour hackathon for ActInSpace had me running all over the country.And boy it was a LOT of fun. Of course, it was a lot to do, a...

NZSO – The Shed Series

Not everyone is digging the orchestra in the concert hall, although let me just say that the NZSO tribute a few weeks ago to Torvill and Dean’s standout Bolero performance in 1984 was bloody...

Review: Welcome to the Murder House

Indian Ink has done it again. Welcome to the Murder House is dark, deadly, a little bit sexy, and something you definitely should read the press release for before you see because it does not...

Preview: Kia Mau Festival

The fourth Kia Mau Festival is on from 1-16 June 2018. A contemporary Indigenous theatre and dance experience, the festival celebrates Māori, Pasifika, First Nations artists and their...

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...

Review: Romeo and Juliet at Victoria University

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...

Preview: I am not Margaret Mahy

Witch, jungle child, bewildered student, detective, librarian, shark: iconic writer Margaret Mahy defied the norm at every turn, embodying aspects of her characters in the many lives she lived....

Review: The Big Show

The Big Show is a 100-minute extravaganza with three UK comedians who you may or may not have heard of. (The comedy world is big, okay?) Despite my utter obliviousness to whom two out of three...

Review: Andrew Maxwell – Showtime

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...

Review: Problems

Boris and Stephan are guarding their Great Leader as he takes his customary mid-morning nap. He’s overslept and is due at a briefing. Should they wake him up? The Great Leader’s Wife says...

Review: Uther Dean – My Fat/Sad

Guest review by Emma Maguire Uther Dean is sad and he wants you to know it. My Fat/Sad is a comedy and a tragedy, a balance between joy and seriousness, and a show with more of a duality to it...

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