Trick of the Light Theatre do a lot of clever things to earn their name, and have returned from a sell-out season at Edinburgh Fringe to bring that joy home to Circa 2. This company bleeds accessibility, within the theatre context and in the wider community.
me/you/us/them was a powerful and engaging watch, fully devised by third year Stage and Screen students of Whitireia and performed by them under the moniker of The Breakthrough Company.
The Quiet Room is a gentle, human story of a sixteen year old girl suffering from Leukaemia and trying to figure out how she wishes to pursue her treatment.
Eamonn welcomes us into the room as friends, and from the outset Respite is informal and intimate. The subject matter is beautifully accessible, and Eamonn’s tone is engaging and familiar.
Scene holds a lot of very important things as a production; a charm and realism, a diverse and accessible cast, and an important historical document. From the outset, there’s a peace and gentleness in this show that is enchanting, as we are lulled into the feeling of sitting with incredibly interesting people, almost in our own lounges.
In mainstream media there is a distinct lack of representation and discussion of gender and sexual diversity. In Scene, Director Jess Green addresses and engages in this discussion head on by presenting collated thoughts, opinions and experiences of 13 LGBT New Zealanders through verbatim theatre.
As the first reserve for my high school debating A-team, and as such the one to always just miss out on the tournaments - the hook ups, the glory and the prestige - this production really twisted the knife.
Defying the common perception of the Shakespeare, the first act rides hard and fast without missing a beat. The Duke departs. Angelo's in charge. Claudio's sentenced to death. Lucio's a tool. This production, directed by Hilary Penwarden, moves past, but doesn't cut to the chase.
It’s always difficult to review shows that have a lot of personal content in them, the stakes seem to be higher for the performer and sometimes it is hard to criticise a show’s faults for fear of criticising its author’s personal experiences. Thankfully in this autobiographical romp by Sam Brooks, there is enough craft to show that theatre can be an effective avenue to show greater personal truth.
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