It’s funny with reviewing – how a new gig starts. Just suddenly out of nowhere. And stops in much the same way. I was a theatre reviewer for about a year or so for The Sunday Star Times. Happened on a whim. They needed someone. I was keen. I had reviewed some theatre for the student rag and done a paper or two in drama (theory and criticism, never acting).
And then the Sunday Star Times just pulled back on culture almost as soon as it started. It was a good run though – going to all the local playhouses (back when we had quite a few).
Then, again, four years ago now or so I got a message out of the blue to review a theatre show at Circa – it wasn’t quite a play, nor was it quite a gig, it was something in-between. A short season. Just a week, or maybe only four performances in total; something like that. It was a guy playing the score live to recitations and projections – short stories with images. A one-person show I guess (though from a technical aspect there was more than one person involved, there always is).
My review was nothing special. But I liked the chance to go back to reviewing something that wasn’t just some one-night-stand touring act singing songs. It was good to think within and around the context of theatre again.
So I told the publicist that I had enjoyed the experience and to keep me in mind for other things there.
And I’ve been to – or been offered to go to – most things Circa has served up ever since.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.