Theatre

Long read: A shrinking culture capital

With the closure of Event Cinema on Courtney Place, Wellington has lost another 2000 seats for culture focused events. Lindsay Shelton of Wellington.scoop examines the contradiction between WREDA’s “culture capital” branding and the alarming loss of culture-focussed venues in the city. Wellington may claim to be the culture capital – as WREDA has branded us – but …

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Wellington City Council’s 40th Summer City starts on Monday

The Wellington City Council’s Summer City programme kicks-off its 40th year on New Year’s Eve, with more than 90 events over the next three months – and something for everyone.   For 40 years, Summer City has been entertaining locals and visitors with a huge variety of events and activities, and its history is equally …

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Listen to Bronwyn Turei on the Sweetman Podcast

Bronwyn Turei is one of the new mainstays at Circa Theatre, performing in comedy, drama, musicals, pantomimes and playing different genders, species, ethnicities – all part of the job of making it as an actor. She’s also been on screen, as the character Cody on the Go Girls television series, and has been in bands …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 21 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The 13th annual Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry …

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Scholarships for acting, costume, set and props awarded at Toi Whakaari

Toi Whakaari has announced the winners of this year’s Bill Guest and Ruku Ao award scholarships, with many generous donations allowing four awards to be made – the most ever – at last week’s graduation ceremony. Toi Whakaari First‐year Costume student and 2018 Bill Guest Award‐winner, Briony Finnigan, with the man who the award is …

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Armistice Centenary commemorated this weekend

At 11am on 11 November, Aotearoa New Zealand will mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. A range of commemorative events are taking place across Wellington. The Government will acknowledge the centenary with a number of events at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, with the National …

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St James fix-up tops $30m; delayed reopening affects NZ Festival

The cost to fix one of Wellington’s most important theatres is likely to be $16 million more than first thought, with required strengthening work keeping it closed until at least September 2020. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney @ljdooney [email protected] The extended closure of the Courtenay Place theatre – it was expected to reopen late next year –  …

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Drama School director exits stage left to get sporty

Christian Penny has resigned from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School after 16 years. Toi Whakaari director Christian Penny, speaking on the pae at the 2016 Pōwhiri for new students. Photo by Philip Merry. Penny’s new role for High Performance Sport NZ will see him working in 2019 with élite coaches from Olympic and professional …

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Your high five events for Thursday 8 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. To celebrate the stories, potential, and hope …

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Your top ten events for the weekend of 3 and 4 November

This weekly feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible this weekend for $20.00 or less (and ideally free). You may want to check previous high five posts for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. The Clyde Quay School Spring …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 30 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. After far too many full-moon weird-ass events in the real world, …

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Listen to Ross Jolly on the Sweetman Podcast

Ross Jolly is an actor and director. He’s been on TV, in film and has worked both in front of audiences and behind the scenes in live theatre and radio drama. He was a founding member of Circa Theatre and is still a member of its governing council. Photo by Stephen A’Court.  ©Stephen A’Court Ross …

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Your high six events for Tuesday 23 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. We took it easy over Labour Weekend, and hope you did …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 10 October

Cloud accounting, mental wellbeing, social marketing, flu pandemics, and healthy places. Xero, one of the most intriguing companies in NZ (see Duncan Greive’s excellent piece at The Spinoff) opens its offices every Wednesday morning, for a coffee and a chance to have your questions answered, one-on-one, for free. Learn tips and tricks to get the …

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Your high five events for Friday 5 October

Oddness, compassion, classic retro clothing, ceramics, McLeavey’s photos, and all-out DJ/VJ action. TGIF! Capital E present Odd One Out at Waikanae’s Southward Theatre today and tomorrow from 10.00am. The 45-minute show by Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood for 2 to 8 year olds features three curious characters living a busy life in a world where …

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Your high five events for Thursday 4 October

Making, Beyblading, two divas, three punk rockers ,and an open late. Want to be a Maker? Join the Junk and Disorderly Team from REACT at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf from 9:30am to 3:30pm for Maker Mayhem, collaborating on creative projects, including a large-scale, quirky, mixed-media creature from Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Using recycled, upcycled, willow, and …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 2 October

Lots of school holiday entertainment for children, and economics and music for adults. Nau mai haere mai te kite Moana Reo Māori. Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (84 Taranaki Street, Te Aro) are working with Matewa Productions and Disney Studios to present free screenings of Moana Reo Māori, the Te Reo translation of the Disney …

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Your high five events for Monday 1 October

Today is International Tenants Day, World Habitat Day, and the International Day of Older Persons. And the first week of school holidays. Kids love theatre that’s interactive. And that’s what The Improvisors will be doing at Improv for Kids 2018 this week – taking kids into the magic of their own imagination, with opportunities to …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 29 and 30 September

There’s lots of free fun for children and families this weekend, to kick off a fortnight of school holidays. If you’ve traversed Taranaki Wharf this week, you’ll have noticed the imposing masts of the Rainbow Warrior, which arrived here on Monday as part of the Making Oil History tour to celebrate New Zealand’s recent ban …

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Captain Cook sighted in Wellington

A famous explorer who’s been dead for 240 years was resurrected yesterday, leading a walking tour down Taranaki Street and across the waterfront. Story and photos by Mark Cubey Next year marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival in New Zealand of Captain James Cook on HMS Endeavour. To commemorate the anniversary, Tom Clarke and …

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Your high five events for Monday 24 September

A spring walk, spring book sales, sharp spring script readings, well-sprung design and architecture, and the problems of organ donation are on the events agenda today. You can bag beautiful bargains at SALE at Mine today at The Dowse Shop, Dowse Art Museum from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Their spring clean sale sees 25% off the …

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Your high five (mainly Suffrage) events for Wednesday 19 September

On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, which means today marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Suffrage 125 events have been happening all this month and continue to the weekend. There are myriad gallery exhibitions, film screenings at Ngā Taonga, tours and exhibitions at Parliament, many of which …

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Your high five events for Monday 17 September

As advised on the App last week, the 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships finish today at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre and the 2018 Ford National Hockey League continues at the National Hockey Stadium, Mt Albert Road, Newtown, until Sunday. Plus it’s Conservation Week. But wait, there’s more… Wellington City Council is working …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rāapa 12 Mahuru

What’s up with Wednesday events? Type design, NZ’s first theatre, true stories told live, some extraordinary sheilas, and supervolcanoes. Join type designer Kris Sowersby and current designer-in-residence Johnson Witehira for a free lunchtime Open Studio and informal discussion at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 147 Cuba Street, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. As long-time collaborators, the pair will …

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Au kaupapa e rima mo te Rātu 11 Mahuru

Tuesday of Māori Language Week offers you an Australian agitprop mashup, a book about the strange and difficult English language, interaction with bees, and talks about our first Māori radio station, and aviation forecasting. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori always serves to remind us how Australia makes New Zealand look good in almost every …

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Your high five events for the weekend of 8 and 9 September

Anyone for tennis, Te Kooti, a theatrical conversation, Black Panthers and Boomerang Bags? This weekend is Love Tennis Weekend, with 12 tennis clubs across central Wellington opening their doors on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00pm for a fun, free event for people of all ages. The event is for anyone, young or old, …

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Your high five events for Thursday 6 September

Another bus meeting, portraits explained,  wonderful solo show, arty feminism open late, and psychedelic free jazz. If you haven’t yet checked out Toi Art on the 4th and 5th floors of Te Papa, you really should. Extra incentive today, from 10:30am to 11:30am, is the Friends of Te Papa guided talk, Pictures of People, with …

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Your high five events for Tuesday 4 September

Help push for accessibility law, get a former PM to sign her book,  hear about peace and cluster bombs, find out about safe food and enjoy a show about staunch women. Access Matters will present their Stories Booklet to the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, outdoors on Parliament lawn by the Seddon Statue …

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Your high five events for Monday 3 September

It’s New Zealand Theatre Month, plus the regular Monday writers and film society events. And another online bus meeting. Māori Theatre: Ka Mua Ka Muri is an exhibition of Māori theatre photographs and ephemera spanning the 1960s to the 2000, originally compiled for the 2015 National Māori Theatre Hui. The selection features many of New …

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Whole lotto cloning going on

It’s pure serendipity that two of our posts today feature photos with one actor appearing twice. In today’s High Five, it’s Anton Tennet from the film Mega Time Squad, whose time-travel antics lead to self-duplication. In The Lazarus Lottery by new Christchurch playwright James van Dyk, the actor is Ivana Palezevic (above), who plays Eve. …

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Theatre poster contest dominated by Wellington productions

Half of the finalists in a poster competition being run as part of NZ Theatre Month in September are for Wellington productions. NZ Theatre Month is a national promotion encouraging the presentation of theatre nationwide, and to raise public awareness of and appreciation for local theatre production. The NZ Theatre Month Poster Competition, sponsored by …

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