What's Good this Week : : Theatre

Silo is back! Six months since its last new production, Medea opens on Thursday at the Herald Theatre. This is an update on Euripedes original and focuses on the little boys that Medea decides must die. Written by Kate Mulvaney and Anne-Louise Sarks, this script is one of the best that Silo director Sophie Roberts has ever read. Rachel House directs.


Indian Ink of Krishnan’s Dairy fame is back in Auckland’s Q Theatre with a new show: The Elephant Thief, opening on Wednesday. Tackling climate change and the destruction of the natural world with five characters and teeth masks, this show has been two years in the making and trialled in Hamilton last December to good reviews. Justin Lewis and Jacob Rajan, who has written the show but is not in it, have been honing it since.


Upstairs at Q, the Te Rehia Theatre Company offer up a production of Yours Truly by Albert Belz. Set in the foggy gas-light of Jack the Ripper’s London, this is a gothic romance of forbidden love, betrayal and sexual politics. It features a number of up-and-coming actors including Ascia Maybury and Romy Hooper.


For a bit of light through the darkness: Chris Parker (No More Dancing in the Good Room), Hayley Sproull and Leon Wadham have been feeling a bit unfulfilled and disengaged with life lately, and so naturally have made a comedy show out of it. It is called Milky Bits and opens on Tuesday at The Basement. They are a funny gang so worth a shot – and if it doesn’t cheer you up, at least you’ll know you are not alone in feeling miserable. Rave reviews about potato theatre too: Potato Stamp Megalomaniac continues into its second and final week at The Basement.


That Bloody Woman opened on Saturday night at SkyCity and was rewarded with an enthusiastic standing ovation. You may not entirely agree with Kate Sheppard’s portrayal in this mishmash blend of rock musical and punk panto, but it is hard to resist the energy of the performances and the great songs that will stick in your head for days. Evita celebrates another female political hero at the Bruce Mason Centre until Saturday night, and this one is getting good reviews too.


The Big Sing – if you got hooked into the TV high school choir competition, then come and see 70 High School choirs perform live (not at once) at the Aotea Centre between Tuesday and Thursday. If you go to the day sessions, tickets are only $2 at the door. The evening sessions offer the city’s best choirs but cost a bit more ($19-23, and available through Ticketmaster).


cred: John McDermott

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