Sneak Peak Circus Show

Common Room, Thursday 15 February 2018 Not your typical Thursday evening in down town Hastings. The crowd of folk mingling outside the doors to the Common Room look like out-of-towners, young, fresh, European accents, dresses with hoods, hip hats, coloured sandals/kinky boots embellishing sun-kissed legs. Men with long hair, girls with shaved heads. Dreadlocks. Colour,…

Jordy Lane and Clare Reynolds

Ormond Chapel, Sitting Room Session, 13 February 2018 Alert: Venue Change. Jamie’s ceiling fell in! Lucky for us his ability to use the charming Ormond Chapel on the hill, (one of the oldest buildings in Napier), fell out of this otherwise disastrous result from a roof unable to drain away a downpour. By the way,…

Madame Butterfly

13 February 2018, Municipal Theatre, Napier Maestro José Aparicio effortlessly delivers the beautiful music of composer Giacomo Puccini, and, along with the fabulous voices of the cast, this carries us through Madame Butterfly’s story with its eternal themes of unrealistic and idealistic youth and innocence, made vulnerable through poverty, betrayal and man’s desire. Full of…

Flora Knight & Sean Donald

 11 February 2018, CHB Municipal Theatre, Waipawa Take me in your car Flora, Sean, make it an old Dodge.  I’ll sit by the window, head out, eyes closed, smiling. Take me in your car, go the back way through those Virginian mountains down to Tennessee. Fill the old rusty Dodge with your searing harmonies; take…

The Rude Boyz

9 February 2018, Common Room, Hastings What makes a great night out? Good company, the right music, a hospitable location and just enough of whatever you fancy, combined together in an alchemical compound that is more than the sum of its parts. Common Room has this science down to an art, as witnessed in its…

Anthonie Tonnon

2 February 2018, Paisley Stage, Napier A quick peruse of the internet, reading snippets out loud about this fella from Dunedin, we plough across urban Hawke’s Bay to make the ‘doors open’ time for a seat in what turns out to be a Friday night gem. Arriving, I scan Google maps for some sign of…

Rumpelstiltskin

24-28 January 2018, The Studio, Napier While Hawke’s Bay swelters in glorious summer heat, there’s a hardworking, talented ensemble of actors performing two shows a day (two!) in a fan-cooled studio on Hastings St, offering our young people enthrallment, delight and magical respite at the long-end of school holidays. Urchin Theatre Company, under the auspices…

Ben Pearce and Paratene Matchitt

Life will go on long after money & HUI at Hastings City Art Gallery 9 December 2017 – 25 March 2018 ‘Life will go on after money’ is spray painted onto the side of Ben Pearce’s recreation of a houseboat constructed by Nelson resident Paul Jepson on the city’s boulder bank. Using wooden pallets, driftwood…

Yuki Kihara: Te Taenga Mai O Salome

Until 5 June 2018, MTG I stood in space between Water and Land. Traced My footsteps Across the wide berth. And accord was offered To all Who had greeted warmly My hands. Tā Vā Whenua Wairua At least this much Can be said. Yuki Kihara’s O Le Taunu’u Mai O, Te Taenga Mai O, The…

Richter City Rebels

Friday 8 Dec, Common Room, Hastings It’s a stinking hot December night and, like lifting the lid on a pressure cooker, the Richter City Rebels have come to let off some steam. On stage they cut an impressive jib, seven brass instruments gleaming in the glow of the curtain of stars at their backs, their…

Peter Panto

2 Dec 2017, CHB Municipal Theatre Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Club Tis the time of year to be tired and over-booked. Saturday was already over-subscribed, and if truth be told I preferred the picture of me sleeping in front of the telly…. But there were kids from CHB College in the play and this was…

Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh – “Sex Tape” Tour

30 November 2017, Common Room, Hastings I stood at Common Room’s bar and spoke with Peter Brötzmann after what must have been a draining performance for the 76-year-old saxophonist, and not just because of his age. There’s a ferocious, urgent intensity to his music that begs the question of how he can summon up a…