The Auckland Arts Festival opens on Wednesday, performing out of Q, The Aotea Centre, Civic Theatre, Auckland Town Hall, the lovely Speigeltent and Te Pou. The media team have been talking about The James Plays forever (written by Rona Munroe – it was the hot ticket in the UK last year, getting blisteringly good reviews from all and sundry, and the budget looks enormous). Now, other shows are getting a bit of attention too, like Carabosse, Milonga, 360 Allstars, Marama and Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid. The new RNZB show, Speed of Light, has been garnering great reviews in its first outing in Wellington and is on at SkyCity this week. Also, Tar Baby, performed by Huffington Post’s favourite comedian, Desiree Burch, won a fringe first at Edinburgh last year with her post-racial America show and looks worth a trip to New Lynn. Click on the Arts Festival Programme for more details - the prices range enormously from free (check out WHITE NIGHT on 12 March) to f*** me, how much?
The Tempest, directed by Ben Henson and starring Lisa Harrow, opens at the Pop-Up Globe tomorrow when it may well be a tempest, as it will be for Wednesday’s Twelfth Night. ‘The rain it raineth every day’ on this production, it seems. Thursday and Friday are supposed to be sunny though, if you fancy a drier experience of The Tempest and Romeo & Juliet.
Virginia Frankovich’s immersive play, Car, opened on Saturday, at the Basement – which will transport you, literally – and continues till 12 March. Or check out The Green Effect, on all this week at the Basement, which sounds great: Auckland’s finest comedians sort out the world’s various problems over five nights. When they are not doing that, they may well be at Comedy Lab trying out material for the upcoming comedy festival.
If this is all overwhelming, the Auckland Coffee Festival is being held at the Shed all Saturday...