What's Good this Week : : Theatre & Film

So Autumn is here. Not to worry, colder weather means that sitting in a warm theatre with a glass of wine becomes even more appealing, and there is a fair amount on.


Alice Canton opens at the Basement with White/Other on Tuesday, which runs for almost a fortnight. Alice’s work is physical, combining dance and imagery. She ‘blows apart the re-presentation of Asian-ness and attempts to fix it back together in a sticky overflowing mess’. Normally this show would cost about $20, but on this occasion, she is asking for koha. If you like dance, Fabricate is also on this week at the Basement.


At Te Pou Theatre, Andrew Parker’s play, Occupy: The Road to Joy opens on Wednesday and is directed by the writer alongside Rachael Longshaw-Park. This play about the occupy movement was shortlisted for the Adam New Zealand Play Award in 2014.


Established independent theatre company Galatea Theatre (Sister Anzac) have a new show, Women with Swords, set on the French-Italian border in 1642. It opens Wednesday at the Pumphouse Theatre on the North Shore.


What else? The Pop-Up Globe continues. Stalwart productions Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet continue in rep, getting better and better a friend tells me, alongside HamletMonday only. A quick look at weather reports only indicates rain for Wednesday... $10 for groundlings, on the door.


The ATC’s You Can Only Hand Them Back by Roger Hall is about grandparents, aimed at grandparents, and does that nicely apparently. It ends Saturday.


If you fancy a laugh and finances are shaky, you can catch the first rounds of the RAW Comedy Quest at the Classic on Tuesday for only a fiver. Or go for a surer bet – Sarah Millican is live at the Bruce Mason Theatre on Tuesday, ASB Theatre, Aotea Square on Wednesday.


The New Zealand International Film Festival are having a series of screenings at the Civic Theatre and Academy Cinema  from 13-17th, offering a broad range of classic films old and new, from The Philadelphia Story to The Witch. Look on the website for the full programme. Alternatively, the Art Gallery is also beginning a series of French films every Saturday afternoon at 2pm. These are free and the first this weekend is Le Chateaux de Sable.


If you want to make your own art, there is live drawing at Queens Wharf on Tuesdays. Bring your art supplies. Naked (presumably) body provided free.


And if that doesn’t appeal, there will be some ping pong tables set up in the Aotea Square till Wednesday, then they will shift to Takutai Square for a few days. It may be windy but hurrah for cloud cover – no sun in your eyes.


The Witch

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