Short play taster shows off potential
It opened with death and ended with a tasing, and had all kinds of other tasty titbits in between. Shivarn Stewart’s whimsical Grimm Love Story showed the influence of Terry Pratchett, as Grim, aka Death, waited in the netherworld for his human beloved to die.
Digital Tuesday by Jack Edens dealt with the ramifications of a female AI falling in love with its male creator
Alwyn Bakker brought a personal experience of Six original plays written and directed by Massey University Drama Society Globe II October 1 – 3 Reviewed by RichardMays
transgender issues to bear in By Any Other Name. Karl, co-played by Jack Edens and Annie Richards is a man in a woman’s body who has to deal not only with the ignorance and prejudice dished out by fellow students, but also from his parents.
Jessica McLean’s How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Broadcast, set in a dystopian bunker ‘‘after the event’’ benefited from Shivarn Stewart and Nik Kearns as the glibly smiling presenters, but needed better business from the two amateur techies charged with keeping the airwaves open.
It is easier for Rosheen Leslie’s Ellen to come out as bi to her podcast fans, than is for her to tell her mum, her bestie or her older sister. Rosheen’s personality brought life to the domestic dilemma of Bi the Way penned by Annie Richards.
What do you do with a boy like Troy? Are there are consequences for zapping classmates with a taser? There are? Connor Skoglund’s Two Boys, One Taser was so absurdly bizarre it could’ve really happened.
A mixed bag, but We Made This is an entertaining short play concept that allowed its young writers, directors and performers plenty of latitude. PAANZ Touring Agency & Regent on Broadway Regent on Broadway, Wednesday, September 30 Reviewed by RichardMays
Last Wednesday’s Regent on Broadway homage to the Maori showbands of the past was quite a treat.
It was also a welcome back to the city for the Modern Maori Quartet’s founder James Tito, and Jamie McCaskill, both graduates of UCOL’s theatre school.
Fresh from an award-winning performance in Samarkand, Uzebekestan, and direct from playing a Polynesian festival in Hawaii, the foursome delivered in style. Not only charming and cheeky, they wowed with impressive four-part harmonies, innovative arrangements and their casual but polished presentations.
Playing acoustic guitar, occasionally employing a bass and a cajon, there were slick segues from traditional numbers to songs from the Maori Highmarks, Prince Tui Teka and Kiri Te Kanawa which led up to a reggae powered ‘garage party’.
A clever montage of rock ‘n roll hits picked up the pace after the break, and the only regret was that the show-stopping rendition in Maori of Royals by ‘honorary cuzzie’ Lorde, wasn’t performed again as part of the encore.