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…

The Hooligan and the Lady

28 September 2017, Woodford Hall, Havelock North Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival There’s a collegial atmosphere in Woodford Hall tonight. The house is full to its beautifully vaulted rafters as the crowd turns out in force to support local talent. Written, produced and directed by our own Pauline Ellen Hayes, The Hooligan and the Lady premiered…

The Wholehearted

27 September 2017, Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Havelock North Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival Where do I begin to write about a work conceptually devised through considered exploration about how our hearts matter to all we do and be? I simply wish to stay in that fragrant, determined place of feeling it all – the heart….

A Prudent Man

26 September 2017, Spiegeltent Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival Like a political rally, Nickelback’s lyrics, “This is how you remind me of how I really am”, thunder over the speakers. A politician sits alone on the stage. A spotlight shining on his slick hair and tanned face. A forced smile stretched across his face. Lyall Brook’s…

Bill Massey’s Tourists

7 September, Arts on Tour, CHB Municipal Theatre What follows is a very personal response to a very personal piece of theatre. Jan Bolwell has written and performs this piece based on her grandfather’s war stories. It is being toured through New Zealand by Arts on Tour. It was reviewed for us by Mary Kippenberger…

Agnes of God

24 August – 1 September 2017, Waipukurau Little Theatre A play by John Pielmeier Directed by Emma Walker Cast: Julie Hales; Denise Lahood; Holly Agnes I have two confessions: I love this theatre – a community theatre of the finest calibre – and secondly, when I sit down, when the day is done and I…