The New Zealand Herald
This weekend we want to go to . . .
Looks like the wintry weather is here to stay for the weekend so it may be the perfect time to head along to A Wrinkle in Time, which is out today. Disney’s latest blockbuster follows a young girl named Meg who, with her brother Charles Wallace and friend Calvin O’Keefe, goes on an adventure to find her missing father. They’re led by three magical beings — played by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling — as they teleport through magical realms and face the evil “It”. It’s a heartwarming comingof-age story about family, friendship and faith — with a little touch of magic, and parts were filmed right here in New Zealand. A Wrinkle in Time, cinemas everywhere from today
If the weather does stay wild, maybe this will be the best place to be. If you’re looking for a bit of a binge, you’re out of luck with Killing Eve. The BBC murder mystery show, which stars Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh, is available now on TVNZ on Demand, but with episodes dropping weekly, you’re going to have to be patient. That may be a good thing: the show follows Oh’s Eve, an MI5 agent tracking a serial killer. It’s violent, yes, but this is from Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, so it’s also very funny, in a dark way. Killing Eve, streaming on TVNZ on Demand
Fancy an angry, feminist, live art investigation of language and power? You’re in luck, Power Ballard is all this and more. Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, it rips apart contemporary language to find new expressions of pleasure, anger and femaleness and it does it to an 80s soundtrack to rival any school disco. Performed to massive audience and critical acclaim in New Zealand, Melbourne, Perth and Edinburgh, it’s back in town for performances to raise funds so it can go on a tour of Britain. Power Ballard, Loft at Q Theatre, tonight and tomorrow
All good things must come to an end and this weekend one of the country’s most loved theatre companies wraps up its 2017/18 summer season. After four months, and a couple of season extensions, Pop-up Globe says goodbye. There’s still a chance to get tickets to The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both presented in true Pop-up Globe style: bawdy, hilarious and provocative. The world’s first fullscale temporary working replica of the second Globe, PuG’s location in the idyllic gardens at Ellerslie Racecourse has worked wonderfully well. Fingers crossed it pops up again next year. Pop-up Globe, Ellerslie Racecourse, tomorrow-Sunday
Speaking of things that pop up, Popup Comedy sees real-life comedians pop up for a limited number of Sunday nights at George Bar. It will be a mixed bag of new and emerging talent but none will be kept in a box. Auckland comedy stalwart Brendhan Lovegrove hosts the event which could be a good warm-up for the NZ International Comedy Festival, which starts later this month. Pop-up Comedy, George Bar, Sunday from 8pm