That Champion Glow — A Review of ‘Champions’
What will you do to become a champion? $50,000 and a straight hot to stardom is on the line. Four hopefuls vying for the prize discover what it really takes to ‘make’ it in the art world that is ‘Champions’ by Isabella McDermott.
Man Lessons — A Review
A room of possibility with a sense of uncertainty pervading the air. ‘Man Lessons’ had our reviewer Mik Breitenbach weighing up reality and finding lessons in skewing linearity.
Queer Bogan Love (At the Wintergardens)
Two mates trekking it from Featherston to Tāmaki Makaurau with nothing but a dream, some stubbies and a Swandri. Reviewer Sophie Jackson went along for the bogan ride that is ‘Jez & Jace: Lads on Tour’.
She’s Crowning: Rebirth — A Review
Starting the night eating mini Oreos and ending it with ‘eating the rich’, Peter Burman and Murdoch Keane give reviewer Tate Fountain a taste of royalty in ‘She’s Crowning: Rebirth’.
Night and Mortar — A Review
Night and Mortar takes the stage on a stormy night in Grey Lynn and Alex de Vries sits at a fold-out table with a drink to nurse ready for the performance to unfold.
Black Creatives Aotearoa Playwrights’ Lab
Eight plays, four directors and 14 actors. The Black Creatives Aotearoa Playwrights’ Lab Showcase overflowed with talent and potential. Tate Fountain reports on the day’s events.
I Get So Emotional Baby — A Review
Tate Fountain is back to review a new piece of work from choreographic artist Jessie McCall—’I Get So Emotional Baby’. There’s an ominous white rug, a slumber party/bunker and three woman in shifting forms. Find all this and more under the cut.
Po’ Boys and Oysters — A Review
“Po’ Boys and Oysters” is a groundbreaking piece of theatre from Estelle Chout and the folks at Black Creatives Aotearoa. It finally debuted at The Basement last week after years of COVID delays. Octavius Jones was welcomed along to clue us in on how the debut went.
Soul Sister — A Live Script Reading
This one’s for the queer Filipino-Kiwis out there just trying to see themselves! Aotearoa theatre may be on the up-and-up with LGBTQ+ stories but that intersectionality and representation is vital. That’s what’s so exciting about Caryl Loria Illana’s ‘Soul Sister’. Ari Banog went to check out the live script reading at BATS Theatre for us.
Gay Death Stocktake — A Review
Life ends at 30 for a gay man. Nathan Joe’s latest production, ‘Gay Death Stocktake’ explores this old myth in an unrehearsed, directorless exploration of life past 30 with a different queer man on stage each night.