Menagerie a Trois

20-29 July, Theatre HB Playhouse I buy free range eggs with almost religious zeal.  On the few past occasions I’ve brought cage eggs I’ve scuttled out of the supermarket burning with shame.  I regularly toy with the idea of going vegan, before I remember there’s nothing in this world quite like bacon.  I worry frequently…

Over the Top

30 June 2017, Playhouse Theatre, Hastings Tailing the Gallipoli centennial commemorations, I must admit, I felt weary at the thought of Hawke’s Bay’s youth theatre troupe, HaBYT, staging true-life World War One stories and the risk of a glorifying ANZAC legend.  But the guiding hands of director Peter Cottrell, dramaturge Amanda Jackson and choreographer Champa…

Ladies’ Day

23 March – 1 April 2017, The Playhouse, Hastings Comedy is timing and Theatre HB latest Ladies’ Day is on beat and tight in its delivery. Laughs come easily, but there’s also a poignancy here and some tough themes carefully nurtured and teased out. The jokes are lubricated with heavy Yorkshire accents and it’s that…