What's Good this Week : : Theatre

Goodbye Auckland Arts Festival and hello Auckland theatre scene. Mindful perhaps of recovering wallets, ATC open next week, and Silo isn’t back till June. In the meanwhile though, look out for some up-and-coming artists presenting new work.


Down at the Mangere Arts Centre until Thursday night is the big-hearted Wholehearted, the new show from Massive Theatre Company. They transfer to Q Loft after the Easter Weekend. Very honest and engaging, it explores love and reminds you why it is both wonderful and terribly difficult to be young.


At the Basement, I am looking forward to another treatment of the coming of age story in METAPhysical. Glitta Supernova, sex clown, narrates the tale of a hippie girl in post-punk Sydney: ‘The Mighty Boosh on the set of Deep Throat with The Young Ones’, says the blurb.  Also following the theme is Girl You Want, which harks back to Auckland’s underground scene in 1983. Writer-performer Tessa Mitchell follows up on her sell-out fringe hit, I Wanna Be Na Nah Na Nah Nah, with this multi-media show. The Watercooler is back on Thursday talking about Happy (and not so happy) Families.


A Man Walks into a Bar in Te Pou Theatre down in New Lynn, Thursday to Saturday. A two-hander by David Geary ‘walks the fine line between pub banter and undressing the complexities of human relationships’.


No seating tickets left to the Pop Up Globe this week, but there are spaces for groundlings every day to see Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet. They are strict about not sitting down and you can’t have a brollie, but don’t be daunted. Three good reasons to be a groundling:


1. It is super cheap at $15 advance or $10 on the door - they keep 100 back each day, I think, so you can play it by ear with the weather.

2. You have the quickest access to the bar and the bathrooms in the interval, and as the rest of the theatre will be full, that is a GOOD thing.

3. You are right up amongst the action and the actors who come on and off stage, so you have the best view and the most fun.


And if this isn’t enough, John Cleese and Eric Idle are in town Wednesday and Thursday night at the Civic Theatre, Together Again At Last... For the Very First Time which is a mix of storytelling, comedy, music and an extended Q&A which will be a way of crafting a unique comedy performance each night, which sounds like a very clever means of keeping the show fresh without the torment of writing new material. Dawn French is also here this Sunday and Monday performing her autobiographical show, 30 Million Minutes, which has been garnering some great reviews in the UK.


If you want to get out of town, the Waiheke Jazz Festival is on this weekend.  Meanwhile, back in the CBD, free movies in the parks and Silo abound. Enjoy.


John Cleese and Eric Idle


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