A Festival of Russian Ballet

11 September, Municipal Theatre The Imperial Russian Ballet Company played in Napier’s Municipal Theatre on Monday, 10 nights into its now regular migration to dance-hungry crowds Downunder. Its pulling power is hardly surprising. When the Russians are coming there’s ever the promise of pageant and endless diversion; an effortless visual feast that boosts its catchment…

The Toner Sisters

20 August 2017, Napier Municipal Theatre Marking the 10th anniversary of their father’s passing, Jim Toner – a dearly cherished and highly regarded Hawke’s Bay Country Music legend, the Toner Sisters returned to Napier with their encore show: A Little Bit Country – A Little Bit Rock n Roll. This was no ordinary show. The…

Tiki Taane Mahuta

22 May 2017, Napier Municipal Theatre Created by Taki Rua artistic director Tānemahuta Gray, the production Tiki Taane Mahuta is set to live music from iconic musicians Tiki Taane and Shapeshifter’s Sam Trevethick, and combines theatre, audiovisual projection, aerial performance, contemporary dance, kapa haka, mau rākau and hip hop. Both the narrative and sound track…

Four Flat Whites in Italy

18 May 2017, Napier Municipal Theatre I am certainly old enough to remember enjoying Roger Hall’s TV series Gliding On from the 80s but I was not expecting to enjoy his play Four Flat Whites in Italy, which is pitched at the retiree section of society.  This particular production was directed by Geraldine Brophy (receptionist…

The Pickle King

5 May 2017, Napier Municipal Theatre “If variety is the spice of life, then call me the Pickle King!” Indian Ink certainly cast their net wide in the scope of this ambitious production. Their novel use of space and properties, as well as their method of addressing love and duty, sexuality and sensuality, culture and…

NYDS’17 Sharing of Work

April 21, 2017 – Napier Municipal Theatre This place is on fire. Big emotion in all its hues sparks up from the audience. It’s an audience of two halves: from midway to the back proud parents, families and friends, supporters and benefactors; up the front students – their turn will come tomorrow – mirroring their…

Mary Poppins

10-25 March, Napier Municipal Theatre The matinee performance  was ideally suited to the younger fans but theatre-goers of all ages were delighted when the Napier Operatic Society wowed the audience with the Broadway musical production of Mary Poppins.  Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke are a hard act to follow but Laura Jeffares in the…