What's Good this Week : : Theatre & Festivals

Can you imagine watching opera in the confines of the Basement? That is Unstuck Opera’s mission in their promenade performance of Dido & Aeneas. It sounds a bit gothic and rather marvellous. It opens Tuesday night and runs till Saturday. Snort continues uninterrupted on Friday night.


Everest Untold, written by Aucklander Gareth Davies, opens on Friday night (continuing till 4 June) and stars the superb Stephen Lovatt and Edwin Wright. Tackling the story from the viewpoints of team leader Sir John Hunt and George Lowe, the production promises to change your understanding of the pioneering expedition and, presumably, Edmund Hillary himself.


Meanwhile an excellent cast in the ATC’s To Kill a Mockingbird make this production of the iconic novel a powerful experience. The play closes on Saturday.


The DocEdge Film Festival opens on Wednesday (runs till 29 May) and is full of goodies covering all sorts of people and subjects from artists making tiny dolls rooms, to activists trying to save the world, to girls’ recreational basketball. Here is the full programme, and here is our Preview for the festival.


Meanwhile, the Architecture and Design Film Festival continues in Auckland until 18 May and it is really terrific. It then moves to Dunedin before finishing up in Christchurch. It isn’t just about architecture either, the programme includes a celebration of photographer Norman Parkinson, tackling the amount of food wasted internationally in Waste Cooking, urban farming in Plant This Movie, and tackles those divisive questions like Bikes v Cars.  




Norman Parkinson


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