Best of 2017 – Auckland Theatre

A solid year at the theatre, though with stronger performances than shows in my view. It was great to see the ASB Waterfront Theatre really come to life this year, while Q Theatre and Basement Theatre proved as reliable as ever. Here my top ten shows of the ~80 shows I saw this year. 1.…

Best of 2017 – Auckland Theatre staging & props

A good year for theatre staging, though less so for memorable props. Here are my picks from the ~80 shows I saw this year. Staging Poropiti (Basement Theatre) A wonderfully evocative show of Maori prophets and history, demonstrating how with a couple of people, a few props (sand, rope, flax) and some lights, a whole…

Best of 2017 – Auckland Theatre performances

A year of strong performances on the stage in Auckland, particular at the Basement Theatre. In chronological order here are my favourite from the ~80 shows I saw this year. Kate McGill in Weave (Basement Theatre) One person shows with multiple characters can struggle to provide sufficient definition between characters, and avoid slipping into cliché.…

Pleasuredome

A home grown theatrical extravaganza, Pleasuredome is an experience the likes of which has never been seen before in Auckland. A reputed $3m has been spent on developing and staging the show, a two and half hour musical (with an interval) set in New York in the early eighties. If you’re in Auckland I’d recommend…

Funniest Auckland theatre shows

Inspired by Basement Theatre’s upcoming mini comedy festival (5-9 September) I thought I’d reflect on the funniest theatre shows (not stand up) that I’ve seen in the past few years. Clearly humour is a matter of personal taste, but hopefully you saw and enjoy some of these shows. Ernest Rutherford: Everyone Can Science! (Basement Theatre)…

2017 – Best of Auckland Theatre so far…

Half way through the year, and having seen over 40 shows, these are the highlights so far… Amadeus (ASB Waterfront Theatre) The best ATC show in two years (That Bloody Woman excepted). I love the film, so the story was familiar, but everything else was fresh and exciting. The staging wouldn’t have been out of…

Best of 2016 – Basement Theatre Interviews

A year ago the Basement Theatre asked whether I might be interested in writing for their blog. 35 posts later, here are some of the highlights from interviews with show creators in 2016. Leon Wadham on Milky Bits – What was the inspiration behind the show? We were all feeling miserable and we wanted to…