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…

Best of 2016 – Auckland Theatre props

The unsung special effects of theatre productions, killer props that helps define a scene, a mood or a joke. Here are some of the more memorable of the year. A drum kit, WHITE / OTHER, Basement Theatre A brilliant opening motif, returned to later in the show, as Alice Canton hypnotically played the opening riff…

Auckland Theatre Awards 2016

What makes a great awards ceremony? Now in its eighth year the Auckland Theatre Awards (Monday 5th December) ticks all the boxes… Venue The Civic is the most fabulous building in the country, a beautiful 1920s atmospheric theatre. Underneath the auditorium is The Wintergarden, a welcoming cocoon of blue, red and gold, complete with a…