Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

April 7, 2016

Groundlings and More

Filed under: City,Drama — paul @ 8:43 am
Peter (Paul Willis) and Musicians

Peter (Paul Willis) and Musicians

Last night we saw Romeo and Juliet at the Popup Globe. Our son Christoph had shouted us prime seats (they still were quite hard though…), giving us excellent view of the proceedings. Spare a thought for the “groundlings” – standing room only in the pit – the attraction being the even closer proximity to the action, even getting roped into the story, not to mention the price ($15, or $10 on the night).

A bloodbath – but a great experience.

Groundlings - Taking a Weight off their Feet at Interval

Groundlings – Taking a Weight off their Feet at Interval

Exuberance - Giving and Receiving Applause

Exuberance – Giving and Receiving Applause

The Cast

The Cast

August 30, 2015

Tosca

Filed under: Drama,Music,People — paul @ 9:29 am
Steve Crowcroft and Friends

Steve Crowcroft and Friends

We had a guided tour of the New Zealand Opera yesterday, presently rehearsing Tosca for Auckland performances September 17-27 (Wellington October 10-17). We got to watch some of the chorus rehearsal (no pictures), and got shown the stores and workshop, guided by Technical Manager Steve Crowcroft, ending in the wardrobe room where we got a comprehensive rundown of the many strands that weave together to get a production.

Do not Forget

Do not Forget

Patterns

Patterns

Any Questions?

Any Questions?

November 27, 2014

My Name Is … PILITOME

Filed under: Drama,Henderson — paul @ 7:08 am
My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

Yesterday afternoon I went to a performance at the Corban Estate Arts Centre: “My Name Is … PILITOME”, a play by Niuean writer/director/actor Vela Manusaute. The story of a New Zealand born young man of Niuean parents who visits Niue to connect with his roots. Plenty of opportunities for cultural misunderstandings (as well as understanding) and lots of laughs. There were more laughs for those members of the audience who understand Niuean – but there is enough English woven into the dialogue that one gets the drift of the story. Great timing and coordination, fine singing, strong choreography. I loved it.

Links:
The Southside Arts Festival (URBANESIA)
Kila Kokonut Krew

My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME

My Name Is ...   PILITOME

My Name Is … PILITOME