UMA LAVA, written by Victor Rodger and directed by Vela Manusaute, slams three narratives of three different lives together in the same breathing space. Three unlikely opposites find themselves thrust into a dingy, inescapable room, and coexistence seems impossible between the three. UMA LAVA could be a statement about the sacrifices people of colour make to survive and the potholes on the road to success within a society that historically places them second. But its focus, and main commentary, is on why people should be less garbage and open their eyes to the decisions and choices they make.
Power, grace and creativity shine as part of this year’s New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season. Eight professionally produced performances highlight this year’s immensely talented graduates. With minimal set for each segment, the stories told by the students’ movement take focus. Together the pieces deliver strong bonds on stage and with the audience. Graduation 2019 promises a crisp glimpse into each students' bright future in dance.
What does a bit of smoko gossip, an orphanage escape, a post-kids divorce and writer’s block all have in common?
The 2019 Long Cloud Youth Theatre presents Breaks, a worthwhile dreamlike escape from everyday life. Written by Ben Wilson and directed by Keegan Bragg, this ambitious show offers an eclectic collection of stories inspired by the concept of breaks and all its forms. It is whimsical, dark, funny and not entirely what I expected.
Red Scare Theatre Company is back again—this time with Kieran Craft’s Adam NZ Play Award Shortlisted (2019) and Playwrights b4 25 Highly Commended (2018) play, Four Nights in the Green Barrow Pub, directed by Cassandra Tse. Hosted in the upstairs bar space at JJ Murphy’s on Cuba Street, this show is a warm-hearted piece of Irish theatre about a whirlwind gay romance.
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