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…

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…

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…

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…

A Guy, a Girl, a Lawnmower / Husbands and Other Lovers

5 October, The Eastbourne, Hastings Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017 A Girl, A Guy, A Lawnmower In the fading daylight, from behind what used to be the service counter of the old Opera Kitchen, pop a pair of shrouded figures, mismatched in height, striking a Beckettian tableau. What are they wearing? Hijabs? Witches’ robes? No,…

The Contours of Heaven

4 October, Arts Inc. Heretaunga Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 “We’re reciprocating something that isn’t seen with the eyes – reciprocating wairua” These words, spoken through one of the youthful characters embodied by Ana Chaya Scotney, envelopes us in the kaupapa for tonight’s performance of The Contours of Heaven.  Having said that, there is so…

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…