One Way Ticket to Mars, written by Esteban Jaramillo and produced by Deliriously Driven Productions, is a dreamy tour of grief and growing up. The whole show takes place across the span of Leah’s (Abby Lyons) leaving (to Mars) party, giving us only the private moments when characters steal away to her childhood bedroom to process their loss. It is intimate and vulnerable in a way you don’t often get to see.
2021 Toi Pōneke Dance Residency recipients Otto Kosok and Amit Noy present Accepdance, a double bill of polar opposite dance-theatre works.
Marble Cinematic Universe is a playful take on shadow puppetry, following a marble on a heroic journey to reunite with his friend.
Performed in the studio at BATS, Marble Cinematic Universe is an intimate and warm experience. Adam Rohe sits center stage beside an old school projector. He is surrounded by objects, jars of marbles, vases, plates, spectacles and other instruments. Rohe places the objects under the projector light, using open facing shadow puppetry to create a world for our hero - the marble, to travel through. Marble Cinematic Universe feels like the happy creativity of a child going through his toy box. It’s innovative and surprising, while being cheerful and whimsical.
This is Fine: A Musical, directed by Pauline Ward and James Wenley, is an ambitious piece for Fringe. It is fully devised and weighs in at a whopping two and a half hours in length. Originally, this show was devised a year ago as part of a Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington 300-level theatre paper, but, due to COVID-19 complications, it has only just hit the stage now with an expanded cast and crew.
If ever there was a right answer to experimental theatre, you’ll find it in Standard Acts. Directed by Julia Croft with performance design by Meg Rollandi, Standard Acts explores power and perspective through physicality and comedy.
I was not expecting to write this review. It was part of an impromptu desire to help this show be seen by as many people as possible.
Brown Crown is one of the two shows on as part of the Six Degrees Festival showing at BATS. It is the story of Masina (Falesafune Faafia-Maualaivao), a 21-year-old Samoan woman, who is trying to balance study, work, domestic work, and a social life while carrying her family’s expectations and her culture with her. Masina’s story is paralleled with the Samoan legend of Nafanua, played by Ahry Purcell, and her journey retrieving her uncle Ta’i’i (Kasi Valu) who had been captured by Chief Lilomaiava (John Ulu Va’a) of the eastern side of Samoa.
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