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this is not a resolution

write more. anything. alla time.

draw. it’s not the illustration, it’s the drawing that matters.

dance. like a goddamned queen. #hailparris

lippy. wear it. be it.

korero. tihei mauri ora!





Review: Long ago, long ago

Ella (Susie Berry) has a new job working on a psychic hotline. Audrey (Isobel MacKinnon), her sister, is a postgraduate student investigating the links between fairytales from different countries. Their brother Ben (Jack Buchanan) is interested in making machines; in tangible objects rather than computers. Audrey comes to live with Ella while her flat is renovated but there is a tension between them. The way Ben contributes to that tension is shown throughout the play.

This play investigates memory, personal narratives, family relationships, jealousy, and different versions of family stories. The script by Cassandra Tse was the Winner of the 2015 Playmarket Playwrights b4 25 competition. Director Lori Leigh brings out the darkness and mystery in it. This is helped by live music provided by Stephen Clothier and Natalie Hunt who use their instruments in interesting ways. Lighting design by DW Storyteller highlights the multilayered set, by Lucas Neal, and helps the characters tell their story. All three actors give their characters multiple layers. Along with the multiple narratives this makes for a very interesting play.

Dark and measured.

*Originally published on the Wellingtonista 25 June 2015


My week has been filled with Children’s Book Awards, podcasts, dinners, drinking, celebrations, strategic planning, early starts, and late nights. Pleased it’s the weekend. So tired I could be drunk. (Also a little bit drunk.)

Written on this city

Following on from yesterday’s post here’s a Tumblr, Written on this city.

"I’ve lived in Wellington for seven years now and while I love this city there are places which are indelibly linked with instances of harassment, unwanted contact and assault for me. My experiences are not unusual, and in fact I am likely to be a lesser target because I am not a WOC, a trans* or nonbinary person, disabled, fat or homeless. This is not a list of all the harassment I’ve experienced. Just an indicator of the ways in which a palimpsest of constant awareness overlays my experiences of the place I live."

Two shows in Wellington

Second Afterlife by Ralph McCubbin Howell

Dan is quitting Facebook. He’s sick of his profile – he’s going to delete it all. It’s not as easy as that though, is it? After waking up in the second afterlife, a mysterious Guide tells him the only way to get back to the world is to meet all his previous online profiles – and defeat them in battle.

The return season of a Young and Hungry show from 2014 includes some new gags, new fight scenes and a couple of new actors. Happily sound designer and operator Philip Jones is still on stage providing sound effects. His well-timed shenanigans are one of the highlights for me. Another set are the fight scenes and physical comedy. They are liberally scattered throughout the production and manage to be both well choreographed (Ricky Dey) and hilarious. The final highlight is seeing young actors comfortably transition to a new theatre space with the guidance of directors Kerryn Palmer and Ryan Knighton.

Michael Hebenton does a good job as the hapless Dan, being dragged from one confrontation to another. Bronwyn Ensor, Michael Trigg, Matthew Staijen, and Mahalia Sinclair-Parker are very good as Dan’s friends, and alter-egos. Lighting by Tony Black shows the different times and places well. It’s especially spooky in the first scene in the second afterlife.

Energetic and fun.

Second afterlife at Circa Theatre to 13 June 2015.

Not in our Neighbourhood by Jamie McCaskill

Maisey Mata makes a documentary about what happens in a safe house for a women’s refuge in Thames. She meets the women in the house, and the women who support them in putting their lives back together.

McCaskill wrote the script while working with Te Whariki Manawahine o Hauraki, a refuge in Thames. His job was to ‘advocate against violence towards women’. He’s chosen to do this by showing the aftermath of the violence, rather than the violence itself. It’s still there as a shadow over the characters lives, but mostly it is their daily, even mundane, existence that is shown. This makes the play more affecting as it allows the ongoing consequences of violence to be felt.

Kali Kopae is an incredible solo performer. Each character is a distinct physical and vocal personality. It’s easy to figure out who is who – from volatile, explosive Sasha, to cheerful, practical Moira. Single sided interactions proceed at the pace of the character she’s portraying at the time, while transitions between characters happen organically. A cameo appearance near the end of the show highlights the insidious nature of domestic violence and the difficult decisions those who’ve faced family violence face.

Well balanced between hilarious and poignant. Recommended.

Not in our neighbourhood at BATS Theatre to 13 June 2015


It’s very windy round out place tonight. The trees are shushing. Street lights flicker as the leaves manically bounce in front of them. A high pitched note squeals its way past the windows. Battening down the hatches and going to bed.

Ahi Kaa festival 9 June – 11 July 2015

Celebrating Matariki with the best of Maori theatre and dance, the inaugural Ahi Kaa Festival officially opens tomorrow night. I welcome it with open arms. In a city where theatre practitioners think it’s okay to use blackface on stage because it fits with the style of the theatre form they are using, this festival will show off truely innovative work that draws on tradition to create something new. Works in the festival range from in development, to new works, to return seasons of classics, to family friendly shows. I can’ t wait.

Photo from the exhibition

The Great War exhibition has a side room with photos from the Gallipolli campaign. Some are official. Others were taken by sneaky soldiers smuggling cameras onto the Peninsula and surriptiously taking pictures. The information boards use a mix of commentary and verbatim to describe what happened day by day. It is another visceral experience with the conditions vividly described. The dead are listed for each day of the campaign.

Rest in peace Trooper Alexander D McKay, greatuncle on my Mum’s father’s side.