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June 5, 2012

By Maxim Gorky, directed by David O’Donnell and Rachel Lenart This week, the Theatre 301 (Company) and 308 (Scenography) mount their production of Maxim Gorky’s Summerfolk. This production sets the play in a modern- day New Zealand idyll—a secluded bach surrounded by bush. Salient spoke to Jonathan Price about this new production. I notice in […]

May 28, 2012

Written by: Dan Rebellato; Directed by: Eleanor Bishop; Circa, 16 May, 7:30pm Cast: Victoria Abbot, Nick Dunbar, Simon Leary, Heather O’Carroll and Jason Whyte  The set is composed of a series of irregularly- sized, rectangular screens of white cloth. Electric white light projects on the screens from behind. Over the speakers, electrosynth muzak beeps. We […]

May 21, 2012

Guy Capper’s latest show presents us with his trademark blend of stand-up, animation and music. The theme this time round—“What is string theory?”—is mulled over by our host and pitched to a number of animated interviewees, but never quite solved. The routine progresses like a surreal television talk show, with Capper introducing his lineup of claymation guests […]

May 14, 2012

Salient talks with the creators DEAR NEAL, Please note our production is called “ShitShow”, not Shit Play. I have left it up to my fellow Bouffons to answer your questions. I’m sure you will find their answers insightful and inspiring. Regards, Sir Arthur Throbsbottom  What is adaptive dramaturgy? Tits. Tits and ass. Boobs and bumholes. […]

May 7, 2012

Back in Issue 8, we began a new series that I like to think of as Between Two Ferns with a Thespian. This series takes as its focus a young theatre practitioner who answers deep, delving questions so we can all get to know them a little more; it is always interesting voyeurising other people […]

May 2, 2012

Although the production values are such that they appear to be racing themselves to the bottom of a very tall cliff, there is something charming about this musical.

April 30, 2012

Written by: Roger Hall. Directed by: Ross Jolly. Cast: Donna Akersten, Catherine Downes, Tim Gordon, Peter Hayden, Carmel McGlone, Matthew Pike, Elena Stejko, & Jane Waddell. Circa One, 17 April, 6:30 pm. I saw Roger Hall’s new play, A Shortcut to Happiness, when it opened the first season at the new Court Theatre in Christchurch. […]

April 30, 2012

The perceptive reader may have noticed that the lofty organ of student journalism you are currently fondling is loosely themed. The even more perceptive reader may have noticed that said theme has, until now, not invaded the sacrosanct space of the theatre section. Oh no, gentle readers all, it is just that I couldn’t be bothered aligning […]

April 2, 2012

NAME: Brynley Stent AGE: 22 years old QUALIFICATION, YEAR: Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) at Toi Whakaari, 2nd year How long have you been acting? My debut performance was as ‘Reindeer #4’ in our preschool nativity play at age 3. What got you into acting in the first place? Originally my parents forced it on me: […]

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