The thing to see this week is The White Guitar, a new play about a family riven by violence, addiction, prison and gangs. It features hip hop artist Scribe, his father and his brother, telling their own true story, and it has been getting the most amazing reviews in Wellington and Christchurch. It is on at Q from Wednesday 6 to Friday 15 July.
If you were blown away by Nederlands Dance Theatre and want to see some homegrown talent, then head upstairs at Q for Manaia by the Atamira Dance Company. Alternatively the Basement offers a triple bill of pieces in Sunset Affair.
It is the last chance to see Medea at the Herald before it closes Saturday.
Other than that, it is a bag of treats this week. Lots of one-nighters and quirky stuff and the good thing is that none of it will break the bank.
Now, it may be a good idea to grab a kid for this, but if you are interested in clown and physical theatre, head to the Aotea Lower NZI on Saturday, or Bruce Mason Centre Sunday, morning at 10.30 for the White Face Crew who will follow up a showcase of clowning with some workshops. They are brilliant, as anyone who caught La Vie Dans Une Marionette will remember. There are lots of other kids shows too – littlies go to Bad Jelly the Witch at the Pumphouse Theatre, slightly bigger kids go to Jess Sayer’s Dexter’s Amazing African Adventure at TAPAC, and the tweens to High School Musical 1 & 2 at the Civic. Done.
For the older and more sedentary, there are also play readings of Kohanga and Whaea Kairau – Mother Hundred Eater by Apirana Taylor at the Herald in the weekend – oddly seemingly at the same time as Medea – so double check with the theatre before you go.
At the Basement there is lots of stuff going on but not so much in the way of plays. There is however, the Watercooler on Thursday at 8:30pm, an evening of stories, true or imagined, with the most poignant of themes ‘Note to: Former Self’. On Friday, Les Quizerables: The Basement quiz night is followed by Down to Clown – an alternative comedy night featuring Alice Brine, a bachelorette looking for love. To finish it all off there is Snort. Enjoy.