The Story Only I can Tell

6 October, Blyth Performing Arts Centre Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 In a world where Instagram or Snapchat is the most prolific platform for storytelling with images, there is something very special about seeing a storyteller in person.  Through their spoken tellings we are able to hear the soundtrack of their images.  This turns the…

Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette

6 October, Hastings Function Centre Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Louise Beuvink enters to three seconds of the Andrew’s Sisters’ trumpet sounds wearing a forties dress, flared and waisted. This type of ‘waisted’ is never mentioned however. She opens by thanking Hastings for packing out the venue for her. She is genuine and has us…

Otto und Astrid- Eurosmash!

6 October, Spiegeltent Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 Coming of age in Ireland in the 1990s, the spectre of the Eurovision Song Contest loomed large. Tonight in the Spiegeltent, Otto und Astrid force me to confront my childhood trauma and come up laughing. I’m in good company. Told part in dialogue, part in song, the…

Beside Herself

6 October, Arts Inc. Heretaunga Readers and Writers, HBAF 2017 This evening is well supported by a largely older audience (she is famous, you know). Two armchairs on a dais face us, a classic ‘interview’ set up. Jenny Dobson is our MC tonight. She introduces Chris Price and her partner Robbie Duncan and sits down…

Lolo Lavina

6 October, Spiegeltent Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 You can’t dance while wedged in a seat; it’s about as frustrating as committing fleeting impressions to paper in total darkness with any expectation of later deciphering them. Sydney gypsy-fusion band Lolo Lavina (“Red Beer”), fronted by Aussie-born Hungarian Romani-Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak, kept a packed Spiegeltent…

Auaha

6 October, The Eastbourne Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Hākina, hāputa / hākina, hāputa / In gentle immediacy, / hākina, hāputa, / I flitted resonantly / To stone shores of Whanganui / hākina, hāputa / tihei mauri ora. And greeted we are in soundscapes fluid and flourished by Pahupounamu, Putorino, Tumutumu, Kōauau, Putatara, and Nguru….

Kozo Kaos

6 October, Green Room, Hastings Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 There’s an electric zing in the air at the Green Room. Kids sit round café tables playing at grown-ups, quaffing orange juice from wine glasses, while grown-ups who want a second crack at childhood sip on the real deal and wait for the circus to…

Once Upon a Something

6 October, The Eastbourne, Hastings Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 It’s what George Fenn dryly calls the “start of the show”, a unique, never to be repeated, impromptu performance about to be created with and for us. The gentle spadework has been done, our entertainers have chatted comfortably with audience: half and half, children and…

The Full Stretch

A chance to walk into the seductively intriguing Spiegeltent, sitting so handsome on Havelock North’s newly renovated domain, felt like fate. I had the opportunity to listen to Stretch, a talented local singer-songwriter I had become curious about since a brief meeting recently in Napier’s Tennyson Gallery. The tent was filling up. Warm colours, soft…

Tom Knowles – Allergic to Love

5 October, Hastings Function Centre Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 Tom Knowles and his band’s show Allergic to Love – curse of the 80s far exceeded any expectations I could have thought up for an 80s inspired rock opera. I was picturing 80s song covers, heavy gimmick and spandex. I found spandex, sure, leopard print…

Hastings AF

Fringe in the ‘Stings, happening on the Eastern end of Heretaunga Street, makes me forget we just survived a winter. Thanks to James Nokise and Tom Knowles , I manage to laugh off any stony winter residue and even look forward to summer nights in Hastings. What’s really fulfilling is that we get a full…

James Nokise – Talk a Big Game

5 October, Green Room Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 James Nokise is my cousin. Well, I can’t actually prove that but, being a Samoan, I’m going to claim him as that. Before Australia does. We all know Nokise by now, his intelligent cheek and political satire, his Edinburgh Fringe Festival success and of course, his…