Peter Panto

2 Dec 2017, CHB Municipal Theatre Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Club Tis the time of year to be tired and over-booked. Saturday was already over-subscribed, and if truth be told I preferred the picture of me sleeping in front of the telly…. But there were kids from CHB College in the play and this was…

Anything Goes

30 November – 16 December, Theatre HB, Hastings The 1930s is a study in contrasts. Frivolity and ludicrous shenanigans, yet so much keeping-up-appearances, mind-your-Ps-and-Qs, not-in-front-of-the-ladies. Our own vernacular expression of the era is a dichotomy too: dark days of earthquake, aftershock, recovery, coupled with an explosion of rebuilding, pride and celebration. Cole Porter’s Anything Goes…

A Great Face for Radio

17 November – 2 December 2017, Tabard Theatre, Napier Written by Amanda Stone; directed by Wendy Revell; performed by Napier Operatic Society Set in radio’s golden era of the 1960s, when parents were worried about radio drama being a bad influence on their children’s young minds, and music had entered a time of cultural expansion…

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…

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…

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…

The Orchid and the Crow

5 October, Blyth Performing Arts Centre Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 Storyteller, rock musician, teller of Jewish parables, gospel singer and cancer survivor… Daniel Tobias brought a slick, funny, yet serious theatre show to Iona’s Blyth Centre. And received a thoroughly deserved standing ovation at its end. The performance began informally with Tobias sauntering onto…

Vincent

4 October, Blyth Performing Arts Centre Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 The Blyth Performing Arts Centre is full tonight. A large chequered carpet, a bed, a desk and a painter’s table with standing easel, become both Vincent van Gogh’s home and studio and his brother Theo’s art dealer study. A huge screen fills the wall…

Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon

4 October, Spiegeltent Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 There’s a lot to navigate before you get to your seat in children’s theatre. Who’s eaten? Who’s peed? Base human needs. As carers with young charges, adult audience holds its collective breath throughout: Will it be too loud? Will strobe lights trigger night terrors? Will the amped-up…

The Listies Make You LOL

1 October, Spiegeltent Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017 Look, I’m not the biggest fan of scatological humour, yet as the mother of three sons aged between ten and three it plays more of a role in my daily life than I had ever planned. Some seek out fart jokes, others have fart jokes thrust upon…

Poropiti

30 September 2017, Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Havelock North Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival In most senses, this piece for theatre is formally bare bones, consisting only of two performers, an armful of props, a large screen, and simple lighting. It played out as a series of tableaux, where ambiguous hybrids of action and activity, ritual…

The Creamery

29 September 2017, Spiegeltent, Havelock North Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival Oh, I love the Spiegeltent! Mirrors and the sumptuous red, inverted poof of the cushioned ceiling. I am smiling from the get-go and want to revel and gaze but quickly find myself beguiled by a maiden simply clad in cream cheesecloth pantaloons and double-yoked blouse…