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.…

Botanical art – November 2017

Some sketches from a weekend at Auckland Botanic Gardens, a repeat of a weekend course I did last year. It was a necessary motivation to get me producing, but I hope that self-motivation might kick in from here. I’ve got plenty of sketch books to fill… The weekend was a perfect example of Auckland Spring, with rain for…

Coral Bay

Gateway to the Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage Site, Coral Bay is a tiny settlement existing almost solely for tourism, primarily diving and snorkelling on the reef. It’s world famous for snorkelling with whale sharks, something that seems to have made most things to do before you die / people’s bucket lists over the past…

Shark Bay

The first place in Australia to be designated a World Heritage Area (in 1991), Shark Bay is a pretty unique place, home to the oldest lifeforms on earth, 10,000 dugongs (sea cows), shore fed dolphins, and beaches made entirely of shells. Eagle Bluff was a beautiful lookout over shallow waters inhabitated by a few sharks…

Murchison Gorge, Kalbarri National Park

One of my favourite types of landscape to explore, Australian gorges with their wonderful rock formations, colours and reflections. Murchison Gorge looked pretty spectacular from on high through the aptly named Nature’s Window and further along at a lookout. Down the road at Z-Bend Gorge were more views, and a fun boulder strewn track down…