One more week of the Arts Festival, an excellent week of Titus at the Pop-Up Globe – but what’s new in theatre? ATC and Silo are waiting for the noisy foreigners to go away, and the Basement is offering a week without plays. What?
Well sort of – if a definition of theatre is to watch human action for a defined time in a defined space, then 36 Questions may still fit the bill (check out our preview). They are also having a Hui (16th March) to talk about how the Basement works these days, a Pub Quiz tomorrow, what looks like a party send-off for the Snort team on Friday, and another dance on Saturday night. This is Basement turned Community Hall, and perhaps a sign that these days if you want realistic drama, watch telly; contemporary theatre is perhaps more about real, lived human connection.
Te Pou is offering some local theatre with Balls, all about a non-professional rugby team, otherwise it is back to the Arts Festival. This week provides a chance to see the 360 Allstars or La Cucina del’Arte, then there is Nixon in China, that may well star a friend of yours following their open auditions a month ago. Students get 50% discounts on the day, so it’s worth rocking up to the ticket booth in Aotea Square ID in hand.
For the financially challenged, there is Neighbourly Day this weekend, with events all over the country including a sausage sizzle in Freyburg Square, and the International Cultural Festival in Mount Roskill on Saturday with food, arts and crafts, dance, music and football, all for free. Silo Park is showing The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou on Friday night, or chill out at the NZ Soul Alldayer on Saturday between noon and 6pm. Enjoy.