Richie & Rosie

1 November, Urban Winery, Ahuriri. Listening is too often an under-refined practice in our social exchanges these days, so to feel received in it, in any given moment is a treat indeed. Once again, the etiquette of the Sitting Room Sessions delivered an energised reciprocal experience to performers and audience alike. The stunning Richie &…

STiFF

26 October – 4 November, Waipukurau Little Theatre Written by April Phillips and directed by Simon Law Three steps up to the lobby, through the door to the welcoming front of house and a coffin. Our seats wait patiently as I quickly take in the full house, the happy murmur of friends as they gather…

Footnote Dance Company – Contrast

25 October, Blyth Centre The Blyth Performing Arts Centre – a Scandi-style, ergonomic, curtainless behemoth of blonde wood panelling, concrete and metal that oozes class and resource – is the perfect setting for Footnote’s double bill. The show is the product of the company’s crowd funded field trip to the other side of the world…

Devil’s Elbow

21 October, Common Room Celebrating their 10th year anniversary Devils Elbow returned to their roots in Hawke’s Bay to play – what turned out to be – a sell-out gig for an upbeat and dynamic group of fans. Common Room was buzzing with dancing bodies that included both new and long time loyal Devil’s Elbow…

The A&P Show

20 October, Showgrounds Hastings Our first A & P Show. The expectation was high. We arrived at the gates around 10am and strolled past the Hawke’s Bay Machinery Club’s glorious steam engines. Each machine, rich with history, was being carefully maintained by an oil-stained boilersuit-clad club member. Children were standing in transfixed anticipation waiting for…

Shane Cotton

25 September – 28 October, Parlour Projects It’s a coup for Parlour Projects, a relatively young provincial gallery, to run a show of new paintings by an artist of Shane Cotton’s standing. And it’s reassuring to know that for whatever reasons, commercial or an enthusiasm for continuing cultural discourse or (as in this case) both,…

The Extended Session with Fraser Mack

Saturday 14th October, Common Room I really like this musician. Self-taught. Picking up the guitar when he was sixteen. Fraser humbly smiled and said in a smooth voice “It’s not when you start, its how many hours you put in”. As a gardener is born with a ‘green thumb’ Fraser was born with ‘chicken picking…

That Bloody Woman

17 October, Municipal Theatre “She’s not as innocent as she looks on the $10 note”, says my companion. Kate Sheppard that is, because That Bloody Woman is a musical about Kate, that Kate. It’s an anarchic rock opera of a thing that paints Kate as rebellious, militant, opinionated (like all good women should be). It…

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…