'The Audience' is an unexpected experience of an unrelatable life becoming relatable and of humanity meeting humanity.
A life and rhythm is breathed into the script cleverly connecting 'she who is above' to the hearts of the masses, delivering this message: The Queen is a person, she feels and need... (more...)
There was just the right amount of scary to keep me on my seat and the use of lighting and sound was on point to deliver this. This was a crucial element to the play's success and succeed it did.... (more...)
Written by Roger Hall it is a classic, cleverly crafted comedic social commentary of 1970's New Zealand middle class. Opening in 1978, Middle Age Spread is one of Hall's most successful social comedies, with an extended Wellington season, a New Zealand-made movie and a West End production that ran ... (more...)
Having been part of writer Leki Jackson Burke's 'south side' school experience I can validate that he has expressed the heart of the experiences of young Pasifika people as they negotiate their way through high school. A determined mother, empathetic teacher, the importance and relevance of performi... (more...)
This high energy, 'sit on the edge of your seat' play is crafted written by Joni Nelson who has cleverly meshed a social commentary into rollicking great entertainment that you will enjoy and will make you think.
There are loads of laughs and surprises (who exactly is in the bathroom?) amongst the ... (more...)
Director Kaitlin Spedding and Musical Director Ashleen Fain clearly understand the power of music to evoke theatrical catharsis, and powerfully present an emotional thought-provoking universal conflict that draws us into a heartfelt story. The artistic crafting and beauty of this top quality and pro... (more...)
Intelligently and meticulously directed by Zane Fleming, many layers unfold throughout this professional quality two-hour narrative. The opening minutes - sound effects in blackout effectively capture and convey the backstory - the horrors of modern day warfare - which alerts us to expect scars and ... (more...)
Superbly directed by first time directed Robin Lane and supported by a young musical director Sammie Campbell, the forty-four cast members (aged from 6-16) have the audience laughing almost from the opening moments. Lane is delighted to have had the opportunity to direct this show, one which he has... (more...)
A packed and appreciative house of pre-schoolers and primary school-aged children along with parents and grandparents, enjoyed the opening performance of The Aristocats on Monday, April 15 by 'Team A'.... (more...)
The Jungle Book is the second half of a double-feature, along with The Aristocats, presented by Nelson Youth Theatre. The two shows are about 40 minutes long each, with an interval between them, which makes it an ideal outing for young children.... (more...)
As soon as you step into the gloomily lit theatre, the 'once upon a time' mystery of the fairy tale woods immediately enchants you. The blue gloomily lit scenery of the woods is so beautifully painted that it's as if you are really there. You are drawn into the story even before it unfolds. The 'mag... (more...)
At the opening performance of 'The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate' on Saturday afternoon it was not just children being richly entertained , but all attending who were young at heart thoroughly enjoyed a slick 50-minute musical play.... (more...)
A full house on the Wednesday after opening night is always a good sign that the grape vine is sp
Pukekohe Performing Arts production of 'Chicago' serves up a glitzy night of high energy entertainment.... (more...)
I've never felt quite so transported into the realities of a convent or the freshness of a mountain or the sadness of a man who has lost his wife and is too aggrieved to notice his children. This is quite discombobulating (in the best possible way) considering I've grown up with the movie, appeared ... (more...)
Written by Albert Belz, 'Astroman' captures a kiwi slice of life from the '80's; a heartfelt and energetic piece highlighted with humour, struggle and plenty of 'ah-ha', 'ha-ha' and 'awww' moments in all the right places.... (more...)
This performance not only circumnavigated around my heart several times but captured it in a willing surrender of raw emotional energy.
I have never seen or experienced anything quite like it. The raw, basal emotion that was produced from the carefully crafted vocal sounds was simply incredible; dy... (more...)
It's those feelings and desires to which we can all connect. Shakespeare knew this well - and the direction of this play presented a range of skilled and moving performances that had groundlings in front of me, and the audience seated in the bays of the lower gallery beside me, entirely captivated. ... (more...)
North Shore Music Theatre's 'The Last 5 Years' is a heartbreaking, emotional roller coaster from the first glorious note to the last. It's compelling and you simply do not want to miss this!... (more...)
How apt being here just after the celebrations of International Women's Day! All feminists need to see this and those who are not, also need to see this. It is bawdy so leave the under 16's at home.
Although billed a comedy ( and it is certainly very funny), there is a great commentary about how wo... (more...)
Neil Simon's 'California Suite,' a 1970's series of stories set in a fictitious Beverly Hills Hotel Room gives us a snapshot of relationships and the human condition within 4 different scenarios. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant each piece is engaging revealing a deeper more significant insight o... (more...)