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    • Review: Goody Goody Glam Pop
      • Reviewed by Talia Carlisle Get ready to shake it, to the fabulous rhymes and sick beat of Goody Goody Glam Pop at Circus Bar for one more night! Bethany Miller’s transformation into pop superstar Brooklyn Brooklyn of Brooklyn is Disney magic to behold as she shares her most pop-ular songs – Back to Back, Breathless, […]

    • Review: Hansel & Gretel
      • The RNZB’s Hansel & Gretel is back for an end of year sweet treat. This was my first ever ballet when I moved to Wellington, and it was an utter delight to get a chance to check it out again for this year’s iteration. Choregraphed and composed by my favourite RNZB duo, Loughlan Prior and […]

    • Review: The Importance of Being Earnest
      • Circa Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest has marked itself down as a fantastic retelling of my favourite non-New Zealand play, and an excellent night out besides. Staged in a thrust stage in Circa One, Jonathan Price’s directorial hand is evident as a play that is often so caught in (delightful) internal conversations is broadened […]

    • Review: Ruthless
      • Reviewed by Talia Carlisle “Where does talent come from?” This is the key question asked by character Sylvia St. Croix (Bea Lee-Smith) in Kauri Theatre’s talent-full production of Ruthless at Gryphon Theatre on until Saturday. The show, directed by Bonita Edwards is brimming with talent from Bea Lee-Smith’s sequin covered entrance. There’s cheerful dance numbers, […]

    • Review: A Bit Dramatic
      • This show was incredibly popular and got reviewed multiple times during the Improv Fest! Check out a variety of those reviews below. – Reviewed by Thalia Kehoe Rowden In an intense, moving 60-minute show, the cast of four take inspiration from real-life journal entries – unseen until the performance – and invent and explore the […]

    • Review: NO SLEEP
      • Reviewed by Rebecca Stubbing. Friday the 13th was the perfect occasion for NO SLEEP, a joyfully chaotic improv show presented at this year’s New Zealand Improv Festival. The show began at 9:30pm on the wonderful Stage at BATS Theatre, and the slightly sleepy audience were immediately reassured by the performers not to worry, we were […]

    • Nelson Designer Takes Out WOW’s Top Award for Second Time
      • Nelson Designer Gill Saunders was awarded The World of Wearable Art’s Supreme Award this Friday for her design, Earthling (pictured). Taking its inspiration from the rising popularity of adult colouring books and promoting mindfulness in a “world under increasing stress”, Earthling celebrates earth’s natural wonders in a beautifully crafted garment made from EVA foam, acrylic […]

    • Review: Mamma Mia!
      • Te Auaha’s Musical Theatre cohort for 2023 is bringing Mamma Mia! to our shores this September, and we are all better for it. A spellbinding, fabulous version of Catherine Johnson/ABBA’s jukebox musical knocked my absolute socks off last night, and I’m seriously considering going back to see it again. You might have seen the 2008 […]

    • Review: I Want To Be Happy
      • I must confess, I’ve always been a fan of Joel Tobeck, so when I saw his name in the cast for ‘I Want To Be Happy,’ I was keen to check it out. Coupled with the promise of a surrealist premise exploring the parallel lives of a lab scientist and his guinea pig, I couldn’t […]

    • Review: Music To Die For
      • Noted Wellington improv troupe Best on Tap is back performing this month with a new iteration of their grounded and clever improv in a show using your music suggestions! Music To Die For takes six songs that you (the audience) would play at your funeral and uses them to inspire layered, complex scenes about the […]

    • Review: Dirty Work
      • By Talia Carlisle An ode to joy! For the first time recently I joined a choir, and as we joined together as strangers to sing, holding our music and raising our voices in harmony, I could feel such joy and togetherness lifting everyone up, and connecting us together while also creating a melodic story told […]

    • Review: Lightscapes
      • Imagery by Stephen A’Court. The Royal New Zealand Ballet is back with another series of four ballets to warm you up this winter. Celebrating the power and possibility of dance, these four ballets range from the classic to the experimental, a wonderful tableau that accurately sums up the RZNB’s 70th anniversary. Opening the show is […]

    • Review: Prima Facie
      • By Nadia Freeman Prima Facie shares an authentic story of a woman’s experience of assault and navigating the judicial system to seek justice. The nearly sell-out season demonstrates that despite the raw and challenging subject, there is a strong calling for stories like this.   Rape is a word people don’t want to say, and for […]

    • Review: 35mm
      • By Talia Carlisle Everyone is talking about 35mm, and it’s not a measurement, but a movement it seems, from the sound of new fans I’ve talked to. 35mm is a musical written by Ryan Scott Oliver on at Gryphon Theatre until Saturday, which incorporates music, original choreography and a live band led by musical director […]

    • Review: Female Lady Women Comedians
      • Review by Talia Carlisle Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s Samantha Hannah leading a super all-female all-funny line-up of comedians that share a striking resemblance… but definitely aren’t all the same person… *wink!* Having been nominated for both Best Comedian, and Best MC at last year’s Wellington Comedy Awards, it makes […]

    • Review: The Coven on Grey Street
      • The first thing that grips me as soon as I walk into Circa Two is Lucas Neal’s gorgeous set design for this show – a huge pohutakawa that stretches up and across the entire stage, a white picket fence, and the outside edge of a traditional weatherboard kiwi house. Cicadas chirp (beautiful sound design by […]

    • Review: Fifty Shades of Ray
      • Reviewed by Talia Carlisle. On a rain-splattered Wellington evening, I find myself refuge in BATS Theatre’s Studio space where paper “worries” are hung on string across the small stage. An eager smattering of audience members buzz in excitement, waiting for Ray Shipley to enter, fresh from a popular Christchurch season with a well-crafted set ready […]

    • Review: Romeo & Juliet
      • Image credit: Stephen A’Court Reviewed by Talia Carlisle What a magical place Wellington is, when you can start your evening with gin and fresh seafood at Cinderella’s for the Wellington on a Plate Launch – and pop down to the St James Theatre, home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet for their opening night of […]

    • Review: Into the Woods
      • Image credit: Maeve O’Connell. Reviewed by Talia Carlisle Not dissimilar to the high fashion of the Met Gala, I adorned my best tiara and lavender frock, ready to descend Te Auaha’s stairs to Witch Music Theatre’s Into The Woods. There isn’t a more magical staircase to a fairytale full of laughter. If the eye-catching advertising […]

    • Review: The Best is Yet to Come
      • Featured Image Graphic designer: Jared Pallesen  Featured Image Photographer: Leoluchino Linumus    The performance style for The Best is Yet to Come has a little bit of everything autobiography, ted talk, magic show and queer inspirational guidance. Adorned in wonderfully sparkling nails and gems across his forehead, Jeremy Rolston opened the show with some guidance […]

    • Review: Concept for a Film
      • A Beautiful Harmony of Theatre, Music and So Mush Spore.   I loved the novel format of storytelling that ‘Concept for a Film’ delivered. The scene opens with Max Barton, sitting at a desk that faces the audience, reading out the script for a film. These readings are intermittently dispersed with many disruptions including phone calls […]

    • Review: The Sensemaker
      • Produced by ‘Woman’s Move’ from Switzerland and co-directed by choreographers Elsa Couvreur and Iona D’Annunzio. The Sensemaker starts as a clever and understated comedy that uses dance, movement and sound as its main devices. Theatre like this is at its best when minimal and perfectly timed, which is a key strength of The Sensemaker. The […]

    • Review: The Culture
      • The Culture, starts before the performers come on stage with a montage of video footage of news articles on systemic and political misogyny. This sets the scene for the everyday ways women are disadvantaged that are so embedded, that they often go unnoticed. The newsfeed soon fades out, the lights come up, and Will and […]

    • Review: Best on Tap Stands Up
      • The Fringe Bar is packed to the gills for Best on Tap Stands Up, a little out of the ordinary for a Sunday crowd, but this is a Fringe show and this is a Fringe crowd, and Best on Tap are an excellently well-established performance company, so perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. More well-known as […]

    • Review: U R Here
      • Reviewed by Nadia Freeman U R Here is an invitation to take things a little less seriously, to forget about the business of adulthood and be playful. Set away from the day-to-day rhythm of urban living. Barbarian Productions draws us out to Martin Luckie Park in Berhampore. On arrival, my group is welcomed by 80’s […]

    • Review: Access
      • Review by Nadia Freeman Reading the cues of human emotion is an inherent trait that we take for granted. Some of us view emotion differently from others or can find it more challenging. Access, presents an opportunity to analyse this form of human expression more closely. After collecting our tickets we are asked to wait […]

    • Review: Limits
      • Reviewed by Nadia Freeman Photo credit: David Vagg This is no typical dance number meant to distract and delight you with sparkles and clap-along numbers.  Limits sits in the realm of theatre that is to challenge its audience and give them a chance to view what it might be like to step into the shoes […]

    • Review: Wonderful
      • A Laugh for Literary Lovers  Reviewed by Nadia Freeman Richard Huber’s Wonderful opens with Lady Hermione and her butler Roberts staring straight past the audience.  We can not tell immediately what their relationship is, if they are fond of each other, if there is tension, or how long they have known each other.  The set […]

    • Review: End of the Rainbow
      • Judy’s return something to talk about By Talia Carlisle Pour the champagne because Judy Garland has come to town. Peter Quilter’s smash hit show End of the Rainbow opened to loud belly laughs, big smiles and plenty of cheers at the Wellington Opera House this weekend. While the audience and stars were dressed to impress, […]

    • Review: Professor Wild Returns
      • I’ve never seen a show at the zoo before, but that’s where Professor Wild Returns takes me for my first review of NZ Fringe 2023. Another entry in the incredible Austin Harrison Theatrical Universe, this solo show resurrects Harrison’s segment ‘Professor Wild’ from What Now in 2009 as a full-length show for adults, set amongst the climbs of the […]

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