What’s Hooked Us?

Preview We’re looking forward to extra arty dessert after a fantastic festival season! For those wanting a top up there is plenty to wet your whistle before FAWC hits in November. Tomorrow night That Bloody Woman plays at the Muni in Napier. This has been a well-received touring show and we’re looking forward to seeing…

This is Steve

6 October, Common Room Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 A last-minute shift sees Cameron McLeod’s This is Steve show move from its scheduled venue to the garden bar of Common Room. The crowd is a patchwork of audience pinched from the show before and people who have come in early before their event, which is…

Jacob’s Party

7 October, Hastings Function Centre Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Jacob and I are friends. I’ve played musical statues at his 8th birthday, snuck Midori into his 17th, and shared kind words and tequila shots with him at his 21st. It’s all part of a show, I know, but it feels kind of real. Such…

Declan O’Rourke & Vishtan

7 October, Blyth Performing Arts Centre Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 “When you live by the weather every wind has a tale” A single line from one of Declan’s songs seemed to encapsulate this evening of music for me. The performance began with Vishtan, a Canadian trio from remote regions of eastern Canada, twin sisters…

Kiwi As

8 October, Spiegeltent Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 Festival folk are freaks and fantasists. It’s humanly impossible to do what they do or even conceptualise the things they bring to the stage. Yet, in us all there is a little freak desperate to get up and ‘have a go’. We sit in the dark, as…

Pretending Things Are A Cock

6 October, Common Room Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Jon Bennett’s got a problem. He pretends things are cocks. And by the end of an hour of his side-splitting show of story and slides you just might find yourself indulging in a spot of phallomorphism yourself. No, don’t bother looking it up, it’s not a…

Eb and Sparrow

8 October, Spiegeltent Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 A life without expectations is probably a happy one. Knowing really nothing about Eb and/or Sparrow, beyond the promotional description in the arts festival booklet, I nevertheless had a surprisingly fixed idea of what I was in for before the gig. This would be, I decided, a…

Pss Pss

7 October, Spiegeltent Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 This is one of those ‘slow burner’ shows. It creeps up on you, and while at the halfway mark I was wondering am I not in the right mood for this? by the end I was converted. Simone Fassari (him) and Camilla Pessi (her) are contemporary clowns…

Lies, Fake Lies and Alternative Facts

7 October, Havelock North Function Centre Readers and Writers, HBAF 2017 Let me start at the end, in case this is too political for you. This interview (between Matt Kidd, house dean and media studies teacher, and Nicky Hager, investigative journalist and author of six books) has convinced me that our democracy needs people like Nicky…

From Ahuriri to China

7 October, Havelock North Function Centre Readers and Writers, HBAF 2017 The hook here is that Deborah Challinor is such a successful author and she is writing about our grandmothers, us, our backyard. She is one of ours. Coupled with Jo Morris, who has her own impressive credentials, this interview was full of pearls. Where…

Oops I Did it Again

6 October, Common Room Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 I found Sera Devcich intriguing to watch: she was confident, gorgeous, and engaging. I loved the way she moved around Common Room’s funky stage, creasing her face into numerous comical expressions, and effectively using her physicality to the point it was hard to take your eyes…

Big Fiction

7 October, Havelock North Function Centre Readers and Writers, HBAF 2017 On what chair Toby Buck even charitably described as a “sub sub-tropical” Saturday evening in Havelock North (it was miserable), around four dozen hardy souls came out to the Function Centre’s strictly functional Magdalinos Room for discussions about Coming Waves and The Wish Child…