This week, it’s all happening. The Pop-Up Globe opens properly on Friday with Romeo & Juliet, followed by Twelfth Night on Saturday, then they continue in rep until 11 April, offering a combination of professional, youth and community productions. Previews have started, and while accepting that the theatre is not quite finished, it is a great space; bigger inside than out, open to the skies, and the in-the-round seating creates a very convivial atmosphere, even when it is a bit damp. It should be fun. In addition to the shows, they are also offering guided tours and theatre skills workshops (find out more on their website).
The ATC’s POLO has opened. The NZ Herald says, 'The de-centred structure puts a brake on the audience's emotional engagement - but it is easy to sit back and enjoy the laughs which come thick and fast.' The run at Sky City continues till February 28th.
The Basement and TAPAC are celebrating PRIDE. In the former, Fine Fatale has just opened; five solo performances within an hour-long show offering an insight into the world of the Fakaleti, Fa’afafine, Fakafifine and Takataapui. Same place, Heteroperformative continues till Saturday night. The Herald says ‘the brief hour is more fringe and less stand-up comedy than that: it is unhurried performance art; slyly funny in places . . . a slow-burn’.
At TAPAC, the Night of the Queer – an entertaining (and unthreatening, according to the Herald) cabaret including burlesque, drag, improve, contemporary dance and circus acts finishes up its run Thursday and Friday night before the PRIDE Parade which starts 6pm on Saturday down Ponsonby Road.
Meanwhile, at Q Theatre, The Book of Everything has reopened and continues till Thursday 25 February. The excellent Daffodils finishes its run this Saturday and has sold out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you . . .