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Pride Season 2021

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Interview: Who is susceptible to cults?

DECULT is the first Cult Conference to be held in New Zealand and will consist of workshops and talks with experts on cults and...

Review: The Guru of Chai

It is 6am at Bangalore Train Station in the present day. A poor chai wallah comes on stage and tells the audience he is...

Interview: Cass Woodhouse on having a healthy life

Cassandra Woodhouse is a New Zealand actress and model known for her diverse roles in television, film, and theatre. Woodhouse is also a dedicated...

PRIDE EVENTS 2021

Interview: Who is susceptible to cults?

DECULT is the first Cult Conference to be held in New Zealand and will consist of workshops and talks with experts on cults and...

Review: The Guru of Chai

It is 6am at Bangalore Train Station in the present day. A poor chai wallah comes on stage and tells the audience he is...

Interview: Cass Woodhouse on having a healthy life

Cassandra Woodhouse is a New Zealand actress and model known for her diverse roles in television, film, and theatre. Woodhouse is also a dedicated...

Review: Le Comte Ory

Le Comte Ory is a comedic opera written by French composer Rossini in the early 1800s. Originally set in the 13th century, NZ Opera...

Interview: Shae Mountain talks about Ballroom Blitz and marriage

Shae Mountain is a talented kiwi-born star who wowed audiences when he teamed up with NZ comedian Laura Daniel on Dancing with the Stars...

Review: My Brilliant Divorce is charming and relatable

My Brilliant Divorce is a play by Geraldine Aron currently on at the Pumphouse Theatre in Auckland and starring the talented Jackie Clarke.  It’s a...

Interview: David Stuart talks about orgies

David Stuart is a Scottish stand-up comedian now resident in New Zealand. He was a 2022 Raw Comedy Quest finalist and has been voted...

Event: Nicola Cheeseman is Back – June / July 2024

Nicola Cheeseman is sick of trying to do it all.  Every generation has that one show – the show that challenges the way women are...

Interview: Robbie Nicol has late night ambitions

Robbie Nicol is a Kiwi comedian, writer, and satirist who gained prominence through his online video series titled "White Man Behind A Desk." In...

Movie Review: The Fall Guy

Colt Seavers, is a battered and past-his-prime stuntman who finds himself caught up in a murder mystery when the star of the film he’s...

Interview: Jackie Clarke can’t park a car!

Jackie Clarke is a talented New Zealand singer renowned for her powerful vocals, dynamic stage presence, and versatile musicality. Throughout her career, Clarke has...

Interview: Why is comedian Liv McKenzie a crybaby?

Liv McKenzie is a rising star in the New Zealand comedy scene who has been captivating audiences with her razor-sharp wit and effortless charm....

Review: Chris Isaak enthrals the generations in Auckland

As he confidently walked on to the stage at Auckland’s Kiri Te Kanawa theatre wearing a dark blue suit encrusted with colourful flowers and...

Theatre Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a theatrical production that explores the complexities of ageing, love, and self-discovery. Set in the vibrant backdrop of...

Theatre Review: Scattergun: After the Death of Rūaumoko

Scattergun: After the Death of Rūaumoko is an intriguing and stylish one-woman show conceived, written, and starring Ana Chaya Scotney.  Set over one day and...

Theatre Review: ‘The Effect’ is dazzling

The Effect by British writer Lucy Prebble is the latest public offering from Auckland Theatre Company and it is dazzling. The action centres around a...

Event: Chris Stapleton March 2025

Acclaimed musician Chris Stapleton has confirmed he will tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time next year with “Chris Stapleton’s All-American Roadshow...

Event: ScatterGun: After the Death of Rūaumoko

Silo Theatre is stoked to kick off their 2024 programme with the nocturnal ride that is ScatterGun: After the Death of Rūaumoko playing at Q Theatre,...

Event: Advait Kirtikar – New Show, Who Dis?

Finding yourself is hard, finding your someone is harder! 2024 Billy T Nominee, Advait Kirtikar, is bringing his New Show about mixed messages and missed...

Event: When the Cat’s Away – May 2024

A rare tour by New Zealand’s most cherished supergroup When The Cat’s Away -- the first in 34 years comes to Auckland in May 2024.  With...

Event: Robbie Nicol’s Late Night Pilot

New Zealand finally has a late-night TV talk show! Sure it's not on TV, but to be fair neither is Newshub. Robbie Nicol (aka White Man...

Event: Ballroom Blitz Tour – May/June 2024

Acclaimed Australian Choreographer and three-time Dancing with the Stars championAric Yegudkin directs the sensational new show Ballroom Blitz which embarks on a whirlwind national tour across 12 centres all...

Movie Review: Origin is stunning

This is a stunning film with an excellent cast that weaves the personal story of Isabel Wilkerson’s life into her journey of discovery as...

Interview: Explaining Te Radar’s Retrospectacle

Te Radar, born Andrew J. Lumsden, is a beloved New Zealand comedian, presenter, and writer, known for his sharp wit, observational humour, and insightful...

Interview: Comedian Jake Howie and the women in his life

Jake Howie is a charismatic and quick-witted comedian hailing from New Zealand. With his charming Kiwi accent and sharp observational humour, he has carved...

Dance Review: WHENUA

WHENUA is a wonderful show of dance theatre that is made up of two distinct pieces - Imprint, choreographed by Malia Johnston in collaboration...

Interview: Is Hauser, the rebel with a cello, shy?

Stjepan Hauser (known simply as Hauser) is a Croatian cellist known for his virtuosic performances and dynamic stage presence. His remarkable talent, innovative approach...

Movie Review: Late Night with the Devil

In this film set in the 1970s Jack Delroy is a late night talk show host whose show Night Owls is struggling in the...

Interview: Schalk Bezuidenhout is trying to keep up

Schalk Bezuidenhout is a prominent South African comedian celebrated for his quick wit, infectious energy, and distinct comedic style. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa,...

Theatre Review: The Phantom of the Opera (Rotorua)

It is not often I get the chance to see theatre outside of Auckland, so a trip south this weekend to see Rotorua Musical...

Interview: Jaiyah Saelua and the Rainbow Games

Jaiyah Saelua is a trailblazing soccer player from American Samoa, best known for being the first fa’afafine (transgender) athlete to compete in a FIFA...

Interview: Tom Sainsbury shares a secret

Tom Sainsbury, a prominent figure in New Zealand's comedy scene, is renowned for his eclectic blend of wit, satire, and character-driven humour. With a...

Movie Review: Godzilla x Kong

In this latest instalment of the twin beast franchise, Godzilla and Kong join forces against a sinister threat deep in Hollow Earth, and we...

Event: Whenua – April 2024

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) presents WHENUA, — a captivating double bill, showcasing unique creative voices from Aotearoa New Zealand. Direct from sold-out performances across...

Theatre Review: The Sun and the Wind

As the lights come up on the first scene of The Sun and the Wind, Rangi (Tangaroa Emile), an ageing Māori man, sits quietly...

Dance Review: I Don’t Wanna Dance Alone

I Don’t Wanna Dance Alone is a piece of dance theatre created by Cindy Yunha and on stage as part of the 2024 Auckland...

Dance Review: Yānum

Yānum is a prose and dance reinterpretation of the Aimperumkāppiyaṅkaḷ, a set of stories from the Tamil region of India. Known as the great...

Interview: Sara Wiseman talks about her latest play ‘The Effect’ and playing an ape on film

The Effect is a play by British Playwright Lucy Prebble which opens in Auckland on the 16th April 2024. Directed by Benjamin Kilby-Henson, it...

Interview: The Kiss of Death

The Kiss of Death is a novel by New Zealand writer Stephen Tester. Set in 1918 it is the story of a female lawyer...

Theatre Review: The Liar, the Thief, and the Coward

Set sometime this century, O Le Pepelo, Le Gaoi, Ma Le Pala’ai |The Liar, the Thief, and the Coward is the story of a...

Event: NZ International Comedy Festival 2024

Get ready to unleash the laughter, as the 31st NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo arrives this May for over three full weeks bursting...

Opinion: Is my phone out to get me?

Apparently, our ability to focus and pay attention has been declining since the start of the industrial revolution but now seems to be accelerating...

Interview: Cross Street Music Festival 2024

The Cross Street Music Festival is an annual musical feast that takes place in a narrow lane near Auckland’s famous Karangahape Road. To tell...

Movie Review: Dune Part Two

In this sequel to Dune, somewhat hero Paul Atreides seeks revenge on the enemies of his family who killed his father and devastated their...

Movie Review: The Convert

Set in 1830 this New Zealand film tells the story of a lay preacher called Thomas Munro who becomes entangled in a war between...

Movie Review: The Great Escaper

The film is based on a true story about Bernie Jordan a British World War 2 veteran who at the age of 90 sneaks...

Event: AIGA – March 2024

The big dreams and heart-felt reflections of award-winning disabled performing artist, Lusi Faiva take to the stage for the world premiere of AIGAat Te...

Event: Tofiga Live – April 2024

Tofiga Fepulea’i, has graced screens and stages across Aotearoa and beyond for more than two decades and this April will bring his brand new...

Event: Come Together 2024

JON TOOGOOD, Devilskin’s JENNIE SKULANDER, JULIA DEANS & EJ BARNES are a few of the impressive artists in the line-up to perform across the three Come Together...

Event: Rainbow Theatre Weekend (Christchurch) – March 2024

It's time to get out the glitter, slap on a frock and come down to The Court Theatre for a weekend of all things...

Event: Murder on the Orient Express – March/April 2024 (Christchurch)

The Court Theatre is thrilled to announce the “killer cast” for its next blockbuster production, Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, opening in just...

Event: The Effect – April / May 2024

Straight off a highly acclaimed season at London’s National Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company is thrilled to present The Effect, written by BAFTA, Golden Globe...

Event: When the Cat’s Away – April /May 2024

Following the massive success of last year’s concert by New Zealand’s most cherished supergroup When The Cat’s Away, the gals are excited to announce a...

Dance Review: The Bloom

An exciting aspect of the cultural life of Aotearoa New Zealand is the burgeoning of dance and moving art practitioners as well as numerous...

Interview: 2024 Rainbow Parade in Auckland

The Rainbow Pride Parade is an annual event that brings the LGBTQ+ community out in force on Auckland’s Ponsonby Road during pride month. This...

Theatre review: Hyperspace

Hyperspace is Albert Belz’s latest play for Auckland Theatre Company. Set in 1990, the story is about a grumpy wahine called Natalie (Te Ao...

Event: James Taylor Live! – April/May 2024

GRAMMY Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, James Taylor announces his 2024 New Zealand tour, An Evening with James Taylor and His All-Star Band. As...

Event: Chris Isaak Live – April 2024

Platinum-selling and GRAMMY-nominated singer and actor Chris Isaak returns to Aotearoa New Zealand for the first time since 2006, performing “In Concert” in April this year,...

Event: The Sun and the Wind – March 2024

A Māori-kaupapa driven play dealing with mental illness and healing will make its Auckland debut in March.  The Sun and the Wind, written by current...

Event: The Butterfly Who Flew Into The Rave – Feb 2024

A SPECTACLE OF PURE ENDURANCE. NEW RAVE SHOW COMES TO UNDERGROUND THEATRE TO INDULGE IN THE PAIN. An endurance dance work to the synthesised sounds...

Event: NZ Opera presents ‘Mansfield Park’ – April 2024

Open the door on the hidden world of the Regency drawing room, as we dive into Jane Austen’s timeless tale of manners, marriage, and...

Event: Auckland Rainbow Parade – February 2024

Get ready to paint the town with pride as Auckland’s most vibrant event, the Auckland Rainbow Parade, returns to Ponsonby Road on Saturday, February...

Theatre Review: Pring It On

Pring It On is a new theatrical production in South Auckland Grammar, a fictional New Zealand high school where all anyone can talk about...

Movie Review: Force of Nature (The Dry 2)

Force of Nature is a follow up to the film The Dry but with a plot unconnected to that movie, it’s not exactly a...

Movie Review: Priscilla

The story follows the life of Elvis and Priscilla Presley from their first meeting in 1962 until their divorce in 1973. Based on the...

Movie Review: Iron Claw

Iron Claw is based on the true story of the Von Erich brothers who made a huge impact in the world of professional wrestling...

Interview: Rainbow Games ’24 to bring inclusion in sport

Rainbow Games ’24 is a LGBTQI+ and allies sporting event coming to Auckland in early April 2024. Starting with registrations and an opening ceremony...

Interview: How a paper delivery led to ‘HR the Muscial’

HR the Musical is new production opening at Auckland’s Q Theatre on the 1st of February 2024 that takes a somewhat comedic look at...

Interview: I am and I am is empowerment theatre

Mixit is an organisation that empowers refugee and migrant youth through theatre and performing arts. They have a new show coming up on the...

Event: I Am… &… I Am – Jan 2024

This summer twenty young refugee, migrant and local performers will work together across two intensive weeks, traversing themes of identity, community and belonging, to...

Event: Les Femmes on Tour – Feb/Mar 2024

Sirens Of The Silver Screen is a comedy cabaret drag extravaganza like no other, featuring live vocals from the stunning Les Femmes queens. With stars in...

Event: Auckland Live Summer in the Square – Feb 2024

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable summer, as Auckland Live Summer in the Square returns for 2024. Lounge in a deckchair, soak up the sun and...

Event: H.R. The musical – Feb 2024

A new comedy musical takes contemporary workplace culture to task. Artsense Productions announces the first public performances of its new show, H.R. The Musical...

Event: Pring It On – Jan 2024

The talented, young and ambitious dynamic creative duo - Leki Jackson-Bourke and Saale Ilaua launch their the newly formed arts company - Strictly Brown with all the noise of a...

Movie Review: The Holdovers

Paul Giamatti stars as an uptight and highly unpopular school teacher who has to babysit a bunch of misfit students over Christmas in 1970....

Opinion: Make your New Year resolutions last

I often get a renewed sense of energy in January and will start to think of all the things I’d like to get done...

Movie Review: Wonka

In this sort of prequel to the 1971 and 2005 films, we meet a young and idealistic Willy Wonka as a budding chocolatier whose...

Interview: NZ Opera’s Brad Cohen previews the 2024 season

New Zealand Opera has announced its 2024 season and it consists of three very different operatic performances - Mansfield Park, Le comte Ory, and...

Event: XYZZY is a mind trip – December 2023

It is customary when the visiting the planetarium at Auckland's Stardome Observatory to watch an entertaining show about the night's sky delivered by a...

Interview: Shakespeare in the Park 2024

Shoreside Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park is now in it’s 28th year, and in January 2024 the theatre company is producing two of the...

Opinon: Wellington’s Mayor just did something brave

This week Wellington's Mayor Tory Whanau bravely acknowledged she has a problem with alcohol. If you live in New Zealand you probably know the details...

Movie Review: Godzilla Minus One

In this latest edition to the Godzilla franchise, the mythical beast is given extraordinary powers by the detonation of an American nuclear test at...

Theatre Review: The Clay Cart

The Clay Cart is a new work by Prayas Theatre written by a man called Sudrāka over a thousand years ago in India and...

Theatre Review: Heartbreak Hotel

If you’ve ever suffered through the grief ridden pangs of a breakup, and I’m guessing most of us have, then Heartbreak Hotel currently running...

Event: Shakespeare in the Park – Jan/Feb 2024

After surviving floods, storms and a plague worthy of a Shakespeare play, Auckland Shakespeare in the Park returns for the 28th year with two of the...

Event: Coldplay in Auckland – November 2024

Following the spectacular sellout success of this weekend’s Perth Optus Stadium shows - part of the November 2023 Asia leg of Coldplay’s record-breaking Music...

Movie Review: Next Goal Wins

This film fictionalises the story of the aftermath of American Samoa’s disastrous debut in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and how a sacked American...

Movie Review: Hunger Games – Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

This is a prequel to the earlier Hunger Games films that sets up the rise of Coriolanus Snow who eventually becomes the leader of...

Interview: Simon Leary spills the beans about ‘Heartbreak Hotel’

Heartbreak Hotel is a play written by kiwi writers Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken. It’s a comedy drama about the grief and drama we've...

Movie Review: Saltburn is a flawed masterpiece

In this British movie, a socially awkward man called Oliver meets a charismatic and charming guy called Felix at Oxford University. The become friends...

Event: Hyperspace – Feb 2024

Auckland Theatre Company and Te Pou Theatre bring the bangin’ vibes of the nineties to the stage with the world premiere of Albert Belz’s...

Event: Tom Jones at Harvest Moon April 2024

TOM JONES - the Welsh music legend whose iconic career has spanned more than six decades is bringing his powerful and soulful voice to headline...

Interview: Actor Sally Stockwell just wants to talk

Sally Stockwell is a kiwi actor who has been in a range of screen dramas. This month she launches a theatrical show called We’ve...

Dance Review: Love/Love/Love/Love/Love

Love is a complex thing isn’t it?  We’ve all experienced it in its myriad of forms and its uncertain, hurtful, and of course, joyful moments....

Event: Blossoms of My Blood – Jan/Feb 2024

Aleksander Floyd’s extraordinary new portraits are unreal in the true sense of the word. Not one of the figures in his arrestingly beautiful images...

Event: Matilda the Musical – Sep/Oct 2024

Inspired by the beloved book by the twisted genius Roald Dahl and featuring original songs by Tim Minchin, MATILDA THE MUSICAL  will be staged at the...

Review: Dr Drama Makes a Musical

I am a huge fan of musical theatre and so is the star of Dr Drama Makes a Musical, a 75 minute homage to...

Event: Heartbreak Hotel – Nov/Dec 2023

Director/performer power pair and winners of the 2022 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award, Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken (of Body Double, Jane Doe and Yes Yes Yes collaborations) are back for another theatre...

Event: Queens of the Stone Age – Feb/Mar 2024

Queens of the Stone Age officially announce ‘The End Is Nero’ Summer 2024 New Zealand tour, the band’s first appearance in Australasia since 2018. The official announcement...

Interview: Auckland Theatre Company’s 2024 Season

Auckland Theatre Company has just wrapped up it’s very successful 30th season and have announced their line up of work for 2024. There are...