Wafting incense, an organic light show playing above a dimly
lit stage, traditional Beijing opera sound and movements and
tactile instrumental sounds stunned the full house at the
Glenroy Auditorium into silent reverence.
Selilia Pusiaki's Sei 'O Fafine opened last night, with the
first of two performances. It was an interesting work, based
on a rather simple storyline: a family of Tongan women over
the year following the death of their father and husband.
An unusual collaboration: Dunedin's Ake Ake Theatre Company
has teamed up with Belgrade's Hleb (Bread) Teatar to explore
some little-known aspects of World War 1 and the ways in
which it affected Serbians and New Zealanders.
Sara McDougall's play Moon at the Bottom of the Garden, had
the audience laughing with glee and recognition and weeping
at the pain of addiction through generations, solo-parenting
and family secrets creating divides.
British import "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the
Night-Time" mesmerized audiences on Broadway in its New York
opening with a dazzling display of technical wizardry and an
"extraordinary" debut performance by newcomer Alex Sharp.