Theatre is back. Silo Theatre at Q loft presents No More Dancing in the Good Room starring Chris Parker (the blonde half of last year’s Hudson and Halls Live). This hilarious, big-hearted, kiwi living room version of Billy Elliot won Parker the Best Newcomer Award in last year’s Fringe and it deserves a run in front of bigger audiences. Thoroughly recommended.
The Basement Theatre is now open too with a new play by Beanie-Maryse Ridler, Defending the JJ Mac, that ‘explores mental health and resilience with a bit of fantasy’. Upstairs is Melbourne Fringe Festival award-winner Hart about cultural genocide.
At the End of My Hands is a collection of bilingual – English/sign language – stories, performed by international company Equal Voice Arts. The show returns to TAPAC Friday and Saturday only.
Shakespeare in the Park continues with King Lear and The Tempest until 13 February. The Pop-up Globe opens shortly afterwards.
If you are not ready to come indoors yet, there is music all through Waitangi day at Silo Park 12-6pm, Bastion Point 10am-6pm, and reggae and ska in Aotea Square with the Don’t Touch Me Tomato Reggae Party.
These hot nights are terrible for sleeping but excellent for the movies al fresco. Top Gun plays in Silo Park on Friday night (free) and Ben’n’Jerry’s are sponsoring an open air cinema season down in Western Springs - you have to pay for them, but they include some of the latest films, not just the back catalogue – and you get some music thrown in too.