Theatre

The siblings behind a Māori musical theatre show

We sit down with the creators of Whakapaupakihi.

Thomasin McKenzie is pretty bloody good at acting

“It is definitely in my blood,” Thomasin says.

Surviving personal loss, genocide and standing solo in front of an audience | Disruptors

In the sixth episode of Disruptors, Jean Sergent and Sarita So talk about their solo shows Change Your Own Life and Digging to Cambodia – two…

Reflecting on Captain Cook's many mistakes

"We'd go places, we'd see something we like and name it after ourselves!"

Disruptors 4: The quiet persistence of theatre life in lockdown

In this special fourth episode of Disruptors, recorded in the depths of lockdown, four theatre practitioners reflect on what happens when the disruption in their work…

Disruptors 3: The problem with having a seat at the table

Episode three of Disruptors pairs up the incoming and outgoing producers-in-residence at Basement Theatre – Elyssia Wilson-Heti and Alice Kirker. If, like us, you’re still a…

Disruptors 2: Sarita Das and Alice Canton on the transformative power of art

Sarita Das sets out to make art to “feel less alone”, and “more connected to the giant existence that is being human”.  The Tāmaki Makaurau theatre…

Backstage on a giddy night at the Pride Gala

We handed Freya Finch, the director of OurGala, and Hugo Grrrl, drag king and effervescent MC of the night, a disposable camera each to take photos…

How this year’s Pride is different

In the past, Pride felt like a space mainly for white, gay men. People involved in Pride 2020 tell us how that's changing.

NZ's first bilingual Kiwi-Filipino play

Filipinos are like an invisible minority within Aotearoa. They're a minority within a minority, says James Roque, the director of the first bilingual Kiwi-Filipino play, PINAY.…

The incredible puppets that bring War Horse to life

The head, the heart and the hind. These are the three puppeteering roles required to bring Joey the horse to life in the theatre production of…

How 'What We Do in the Shadows' has taken over the world

The beloved Kiwi produced film What We Do in the Shadows has become a global cult classic and spawned multiple TV spinoffs. And now, Second Unit…

Brekfist: Culture

You say culture, we say... ballet? Fashion? Individualism? What exactly is culture anyway? Saraid and Johanna hit the streets to ask what culture means to you.

House of Drag

Aotearoa has gotten its very own reality drag show, and it's shaping up to be a stunner! Bunny, Vulga, and first ever reality TV drag king,…

Our true stories from South Auckland, curated for the stage

It's not just a story - it's a movement' - Meet the South Auckland high schoolers smashing stigmas by stepping onto the stage with the help…

Mr Burns

See the play testing the long reach of copyright laws - Mr Burns. The team at Silo Theatre are bringing you a post-apocalyptic world where The…

Medusa - 4th Wave Feminism

Snakes for hair and a stoney glare, meet the theatre makers using Medusa as muse to empower and revitalise feminism in Aotearoa.

Being a woman in performing arts

Hannah and Ellie May share their experiences with sexism in the world of performing arts 🎭

Can you learn to be funny?

It takes chops to get up in front of a crowd, especially when they're expecting you to make them laugh. Neil and the NZ Comedy School…

Aunty goes shopping

AUNTY is planning a family reunion which is a bloody task and a half. Watch to find out which is the "limousine of cask wine" and…

Should we teach 'Just say no' or YES YES YES?

The new play, Yes Yes Yes, aims to teach high school students around Aotearoa about consent through positivity.

Caluzzi Cabaret: how two drag queens saved a business

Meet Kita Mean and Anita Wigl'it, the two Auckland drag queens who are carrying on the legacy of Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret and injecting it with…

Combat School

The first rule of The New Zealand Stage Combat School limited is: well, it's all for show.

Earthquakes in London - the epic play tackling climate change

'Earthquakes in London' is a play that tackles climate change head on. The Actors' Program have started developing sustainable practices to help form the creative response…

A hoon deep inside the Civic Theatre

Tāmaki Makaurau's The Civic is one of the seven remaining atmospheric theatres in the world which basically means it's really beautiful and is decorated with much…

Meet Bunny Holiday, Wellington's drag It Girl

Bunny Holiday, shante you stay. We sat down with one of Wellington's drag superstars 🌟💅

Lago Girls

The Lago Girls are a group of women empowering each other and their community to live healthy, happy lives - and preserving their Pasifika culture along…

Pop Up Globe says sorry for using #MeToo as marketing strategy

"There's a line that we've crossed" 😬 The Pop-up Globe admits they got it wrong using #MeToo and #TimesUp as a marketing strategy.

In reaction to overwhelming…