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The Made: A hilarious romp … with some food for thought thrown in

Reviewed by Malcolm Calder The Made By Emily Perkins Directed by Colin McColl Auckland Theatre Company ASB Waterfront Theatre Until 8 October Reviewed by Malcolm Calder Many years ago my then 7-y-o daughter received a birthday gift in the form of a tamagotchi or toy-pet.  Many of her cohort had similar tamagotchis and sustaining their […]

Macbeth : Passion, Pain and a  Triumph for Netia Jones

Reviewed by Malcolm Calder Macbeth By Giuseppe Verdi and Francesco Maria Piave Directed and designed by Netia Jones Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland Until 25 September Then St James Theatre, Pōneke, Wellington, 5, 7 and 9 October Isaac Theatre Royal, Ōtautahi, Christchurch, 22 and 22 October Reviewed by Malcolm Calder While Shakespeare’s Macbeth […]

The Wasp: A Welcome Suspension of Disbelief

Reviewed by Malcolm Calder The Wasp By Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Q Theatre Loft Until 24 September By Malcolm Calder 16 September 2002 Coleridge would not have had Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s The Wasp in mind when he wrote of a willing suspension of disbelief.  Getting to the end of The Wasp certainly requires a lot of […]

Aucklandia … and that other suburb

The Campervan By Kathryn Burnett Tadpole Productions Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna to 18 September Reviewed by Malcolm Calder 8 September 2022 Tadpole Productions know what they’re doing. Research boomers living on the North Shore, identify their tastes, ensure Tadpole product isn’t over-demanding and has a high entertainment quotient, throw in a bunch of well-credentialled actors and […]

Black Grace: Bodies in Fluid Motion

Reviewed by Malcolm Calder Life – O Le Olaga Dances By Neil Ieremia Black Grace Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre Auckland Sept 4 Wellington 6 Sept Christchurch 10 Sept Reviewed by Malcolm Calder After being stymied for two or three years though lockdowns, travel restrictions and other constraints our world-leading contemporary dance company is back in […]

The Writer: The Push and Pull of Theatre

The Writer by Ella HicksonA Silo Theatre productionQ Theatre (Rangitira)Until September 18Reviewed by Malcolm Calder  Push or Pull  It’s about 4 years since Ella Hickson’s new play The Writer was first performed at the Almeida Theatre in London.  At the time it was contentious, eliciting either howls of outrage (because some saw it as attempting […]

Dawn Raids: Dark truths revealed through humour and heartbreak

Dawn Raids Auckland Theatre Company Auckland Waterfront Theatre Until September 3 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The last couple of years has shown just how dependant New Zealand is on overseas workers filling many lower paid jobs in the economy  with many sectors in the economy crying out for immigrant workers, especially  from the Pacific. The […]

Jukebox Joy at the Civic

Reviewed by Malcolm Calder Pacifica the Musical Civic Theatre, Auckland To Sunday August 28 Reviewed by Malcolm Calder Jukebox musicals have been around for a long time.  Typically using a fairly simple storyline and intermixing this with known songs, the two elements then combine to develop a whole that complements itself.  This genre goes all […]

Two new books about art and culture in NZ

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples  Culture in a Small Country: The Arts in New Zealand by Roger Horrocks Atuanui Press $45.00 A Book of Seeing by Roger Horrocks Atuanui Press $38.00 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples With his two new books, “Culture in a Small Country” and “A Book of Seeing” Roger Horrocks has provided an excellent […]

A new book celebrating Hundertwasser in New Zealand

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Hundertwasser in New Zealand By Andreas Hirsch Oratia Books RRP $70.00 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples It’s almost fifty years since Hundertwasser burst onto the art scene in New Zealand with his major exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery. That show which opened in April 1973 was the start of an interconnected, […]

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