From the vibrant opening number (The Anti-Polio Picnic), the cast let rip with power and passion that does not drop throughout. Each performer grabs every moment with intensity and commitment to showcase their learning and talent while displaying their devotion to the craft. The lyrics are crisp, ... (more...)
a?oeNeighbourhood Watcha?? shows that veteran playwright Alan Ayckbourn still has his finger on the social pulse. Alan Ayckbourn said that, a?oeI'm always a great believer, when I write a play, to narrow it down to the people. Plays are about people for me, not about issues a?' the issues arise from... (more...)
Teen angst is currently in the spotlight on Broadway, with the bullying and suicidal themes of 'Dear Evan Hansen', the catty coterie in 'Mean Girls' and the outcasts of 'Be More Chill'. The American high-school has been used as a familiar setting for any number of musicals over the past 70 years to ... (more...)
Highly polished quality vocal performances in 'A Night of Cabaret' delighted a full house at Papakura's Theatre Company on August 31 st . Queen Street, is a highly accomplished female quartet (Renee Maurice, Emma Bishop, Chantel Wilson, Sharon Hewlet), and in their inaugural appearance, wowed the au... (more...)
The singing, both chorus and solos, put the quality in quality with each number being so good that it was difficult to comprehend that the next one would be too. But out they rolled, one after the other; simply supreme.... (more...)
It's funny, it's a social commentary, there's satire and pathos. There's human connection in spite of the social constructs dictating division and there's betrayal, examination of conscious as well as frivolity and superficiality. And the notion that we are more connected than we think was made popu... (more...)
Mark Steyn called My Fair Lady the 'perfect musical' with the 1956 Broadway production winning a number of Tonys and setting records for the longest run of any show on Broadway up to that time. It has since been followed by numerous revivals including a popular film version starring Rex Harrison and... (more...)
The production team have brought together a creative collaboration that well- celebrates a much loved story. Director Stephanie Green, Musical Director Terry Gentle and Choreographer Nikoia McKelvie have been thorough in their work and come together to present something very special to the local com... (more...)
The forest dwellers were mesmerising. The use of Te Reo to portray Shakespeare-speak was beautifully executed. Accolades to Anatonio Te Maioha in his portrayal of Oberon and Renaye Tamati as Titania. These two brought a level of myth, the spiritual and passion totally enhancing, honouring and making... (more...)
Watching the groundlings interact with the cast on Saturday night was heartening. Young people fully engaged and wanting more - eager to participate in all the goings-on. Yes!
Frivolity, flippancy and folly hit the mark with the full audience despite Auckland turning on it's coldest and windiest we... (more...)
The manic physical shtick is perfectly delivered and both director and cast have hit the mark. This is not easy to achieve particularly within a static set but it is so well delivered that we were mesmerised and fully into all the goings-on. The laughs were hearty and came in the right places and th... (more...)
Director Cian Elyse White assisted by Romy Hooper has captured the heart of this beautifully crafted story by NZ Playright John Broughton bringing together a young Maori man and a young Scottish woman in the commonality of appreciation of the beautiful views from the lush hillside of Ngā Puke in Ha... (more...)
Set in post-Nazi Netherlands, the story is delivered through the eyes of 9 year old Thomas and highlights his perspective on the domestic violence within his family headed by an abusive Christian fundamentalist. Underpinning the story is the great kindness that people are able to give despite their ... (more...)
The story, music and delivery, takes one by surprise settling right into the middle of the heart and morphing raw emotion through the veins; simply 'taking over'. The daily norms of behaviour evaporated and I was 'in' the show. I was transported to a place of primal emotion that pushes past control ... (more...)
This is great gift to your children when you are looking for something to do in the holidays; books, music, laughter and fun!
This was our first trip to a Tim Bray Theatre Company show but it won't be our last!
Bookings are filling fast so I'd recommend you get organised so you don't miss out!... (more...)
After years of hard work and countless rejections, Eleanor's first book is finally published. Her closest, and rather up tight, friend, Addison - who has sworn not to throw a party in her honour - promises an event of conservative proportions and 'close friends' only. What ensues is an evening of dy... (more...)
At times verging on the absurd, this production of the Threepenny Opera (in support of the Wellington Homeless Women's Trust) is thoroughly entertaining, at times unsettling and indicative of the work's continuing popularity and relevance although the purposeful crude scenes, caustic wit and dissect... (more...)
Navigating their way through the awkwardness of a blind date; where the quest for love is a combo of hopeful anticipation and the crushing reality of rejection Aaron (Jeremy Downing) and Casey (Kristen Paulse) to and fro - entering each other's zone, testing the water, retreating and retaliating, ba... (more...)
This magnificent story delivers the message of the strength of the human spirit in the face of the inhumane. The investment in both hope and dignity is craftily woven between cast and audience capturing and connecting us to both the trauma and the triumph of the human spirit. This is a must see; a r... (more...)
There are laugh-out-loud moments but the comedy comes mostly from the social commentary and sharp, British gallows humour that touches a chord with anyone who has ever felt overlooked, dismissed, humiliated or rejected. These are the men that Donald Trump appealed to with the promise of bringing ba... (more...)