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…

Best of 2016 – Auckland Theatre & Dance

Where I can be found up to seven times a week during the height of the season (typically when the weather starts to pack up in June) the theatre is a brilliant place to escape to. Auckland is blessed with a host of great venues, talented actors, writers, directors, and people behind the scenes, though…

Best of 2016 – Auckland Theatre staging

Theatre doesn’t necessarily need great staging in order to be successful, but it certainly helps. My highlights of the year showed great imagination and generally almost non-existent budgets, to create inviting, challenging and invigorating environments for their shows. Te Po, Q Theatre While I found it a frustratingly hard play to love, I could appreciate…