Peter Pan – The Pantomime Direction: Susan Wilson (written by Pinky Agnew & Lorae Parry) Circa Theatre; Circa One (Nov 18 – Dec 23/Jan 2-13) The Circa Theatre end of year panto has been a mainstay across the last year – however last year’s romp through Jack And The Beanstalk felt phoned in, stale. The […]
The Father Direction: Ross Jolly (written by Florian Zeller; translated by Christopher Hampton) Circa Theatre; Circa One (Oct 14 – Nov 11) The Father manages that rare feat: to be profoundly moving and deeply, often darkly, hilarious. Florian Zeller’s script is a masterpiece, the writing just about perfect, an examination of the cruelty of aging […]
Anahera Direction: Katie Wolfe (written by Emma Kinane) Circa Theatre; Circa One (Sept 9 – Oct 7) Anahera (‘Angel’) is a young Maori social worker – and her angel-like presence hangs over the production; she’s there on stage in many non-speaking moments – quite literally embodying the ‘take a stand’ theme within this play, an […]
WEED Direction: Ross Jolly (written by Anthony McCarten) Circa Theatre; Circa One (July 1 – 29) The play WEED was first performed as a contemporary piece – the playwright Anthony McCarten had the success of Ladies Night behind him and its 1990 premiere was at Circa Theatre in its earlier locale.
Hand To God Direction: Lyndee-Jane Rutherford (written by Robert Askins) Circa Theatre; Circa One (April 22 – May 20) Yes, you will see puppets fucking – let’s get that out of the way right now, it’s no plot-spoiler, the play is billed around that. And it’s crude and brilliant and devastatingly funny and you can […]
Central Direction: Conrad Newport (written by Dave Armstrong) Circa Theatre; Circa One (October 15 – November 12) Dave Armstrong’s latest play isn’t exactly a comedy – but it’s full of great (very funny) lines. More importantly it’s full of prescient commentary as it explores social/political issues including immigration and gentrification, subtly pointing too to the […]
The Pianist Direction: Thomas Monckton and Sanna Silvennoinen Circa Theatre; Circa One (March 7-21) The Pianist returns to Circa for a short season – it’s a must-see virtuoso performance, Thomas Monckton is rubber-faced and loose-limbed as he creates the kind of character that might only have happened previously had Victor Borge invented Mr. Bean. In […]