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Plays, lectures & other outings

Royal Wedding

 

Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Date: 19 May 2018 (Midday)
Venue: St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Groom: Prince Harry (b 15 Sept 1984 – 33)
Bride Meghan Markle (b 4 Aug 1981 – 36)

On the morning of the wedding, Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, conferred upon him the titles of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

On her marriage, Markle became known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiated at the wedding using the standard Anglican church service for Holy Matrimony published in Common Worship, the liturgical text of the Church of England.

Next Room

In the Next Room
by Sarah Ruhl

A Court Theatre production

The play is set in a prosperous spa town outside of New York City at  the dawn of the age of electricity and after the Civil War.

A doctor finds that a vibrating device, applied to parts of the body  can relieve  women of  “hysteria.”

The play deals with themes of Victorian ignorance of  motherhood, breastfeeding, and jealousy.

The play was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards.


This has lots of laughs, mainly due the the rather intimate nature of what happens in the doctor’s ‘surgery’. The doctor appears as a legitimate scientific proponent. However anyone looking at him from the 20th century would see him as a charlatan and quack.

There are interesting references to Thomas Edison and his electrocution of an elephant.

Jonathan Martin plays Dr Givings, with Amy Straker as his wife Catherine. Hannah Wheeler is the doctor’s patient and Matt Hudson is her husband.  Eilish Moran id Annie, the doctor’s assistant. Bianca Seinafo is Elizabeth, a wet nurse and Fergus Inder is Leo Irving, another of Dr Givings patients.

Press Review

Backstage Review

Thetreview

Easy Cash

Easy Money
(Court Theatre)

Featuring Roy Snow and Luanne Gordon
If you listen closely, you might hear the neighbours whispering through Auckland’s high-end apartment complex, The Cutlass. They’re whispering about the glamorous new Australian couple, Trudi and Stephen, who have moved in down the hall. Rumour has it they’ve moved to New Zealand for a new business opportunity: selling the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Trudi and Stephen are whispering too. They know Sir Robert Kingswood, long-time resident of The Cutlass, is worth millions. Not to mention Catherine who lives upstairs — since her husband died her bank account has been looking very healthy indeed. They’ve noticed poor young Trevor doesn’t have much money, and they’ve also noticed he’s a gullible fool.

With double-crosses, dirty tricks and all the dodgy dealings you can throw at a JAFA, Roger Hall’s rejuvenation of The Alchemist is a laugh-a-minute satire of how fools and their money are soon parted.

Stuff Review

What’s Up Review

Theatreview Review

 

Chicago

Court Theatre (2017 Musical)

An explosion of scandal, celebrity and murder runs riot throughout the streets of 1920s Chicago.

A camera flashes and Roxie Hart looks straight into the lens with a hint of a smile playing on her lips.

On the front of the newspaper, and having gained notoriety by shooting her good-for-nothin’ lover, her dreams of superstardom on the stage are one step closer to becoming reality.

Slip through the bars of the Cook County Jail as Roxie joins Velma Kelly and the Six Merry Murderesses. Witness as they spiral down into the seedy underworld along the gritty road to fame, assisted by their manipulative and smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, who will keep them from death row while making them stars.

Theatreview

 

eBikes

From the Bike Expo at the Air Force Museum, 43 Harvard Ave Wigram.

Here is my list of companies in Christchurch selling ebikes

Action Bicycle Club
8 Walker St

Avantiplus
Colombo/St Asaph St

Bike Barn
245 Moorhouse
6 Chappie Place
199 Marshland Rd

Electric Bike Co
The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd

Evolution Cycles
Tower Junction, 7c Mandeville St

Goat Cycles
93 Barrington St

Hub Cycles
Shop 6, Tower Junction, Whiteleigh Ave

iCycle Electric
85 Clarence St

Push Bikes
501 Papanui Rd

 

Venus Fur

Venus in Fur
(Court Theatre)

By David Ives
Directed by Lara Macgregor
Featuring Daniel Watterson & Jessie Lawrence

Playwright Thomas Novachek is frustrated. He’s been auditioning women all day long for his stage version of a scandalous erotic novel set in the 1800s. He’s eager to jump on the current trend of all things kinky but every woman who has walked through the door is simply not talented enough. Then Vanda arrives.

This mysterious siren who shares the same name as the lead character not only knows the text by heart but also has an uncanny understanding of who she is attempting to portray. Her masterful audition quickly escalates into a provocative and dangerous game of cat and mouse – but who will end up being eaten?

As this theatrical Pandora’s Box is opened, nothing is as it seems and the lines between acting and reality will be forever blurred.
(Text from Court Theatre)

TheatreView Review

Press Review

Video from the Broadway Production

 

New PM

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician and the Prime Minister-Elect of New Zealand. She has been  the Leader of the Labour Party since 1 August 2017.

First elected to parliament as a list MP at the 2008 general election and has been the MP for Mount Albert since 8 March 2017.

She is the youngest ever leader of the Labour party, but she isn’t New Zealand’s youngest Prime Minister. That title goes to Edward Stafford who became Premier in 1856 and was about 18 days younger than Ms Ardern.

Hudson & Halls

Actors: Todd Emerson, Chris Parker and Anya Tate-Manning

The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news…

Be transported to an ’80s television studio for big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns and very questionable cooking in this immersive work co-created by theatrical daredevil Kip Chapman (director of That Bloody Woman).

Theatre Review

Nobody Songs

Songs for Nobodies
Court Theatre

By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Ross Gumbley
Musical Direction by Richard Marrett
Featuring Ali Harper

Share in five life-changing encounters between legendary divas and the everyday women whose lives they touched, interspersed with the songs that made Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday and Maria Callas icons of our age.


Structurally, this “play’ has problems. It’s just five disconnected episodes of encounters with great singers. The characters being portrayed are not the singers, but associates, acquaintances and passers-by. Then the actress breaks into song of the singer, not being played but encountered. When you break it down, this doesn’t make any sense.

What does make sense is a vehicle for a very talented actresses and singer. And Ali Harper certainly fills the role. She has been performing in Christchurch for decades and can handle the wide range of accents and styles. From Country and Jazz to Opera.

It’s an outstanding performance, but a play certainly NOT.

Vanya

For years, Vanya and his niece Sonya have laboured on their family’s country estate in relative harmony. But when Sonya’s father returns from the big city with a glamorous new bride, unfulfilled desires and fierce family loyalties collide to destroy the status quo.

This bittersweet exploration of love, hope and longing is heart-breakingly human, achingly poignant and laced with irony.

Annie Baker’s revitalization of this theatrical classic brings the play into the 21st century while retaining the timelessness of Chekhov’s wit, insight and emotional depth.


Usually the Court Theatre will copy reviews onto it’s web page. This show didn’t have any and the one I found at Stuff.com was only luke warm. I hadn’t heard of this Chekhov play, and it’s not surprising. It was originally set in Russia around 1889 (pre-revolution) but the new production uses music from the 1970’s. So it’s confusing are to when it’s supposed to occur. The story is rather inconsequential and like a soap opera. Family members meet, fallout, resolve and leave.

The most notable thing was some of the actors.  Esther Stephens was in ‘That Bloody Woman’ and plays Ngaire Monroe on Westside.  Sophie Hambleton (who I thought looked familiar) plays Carol O’Driscol on Westside. This TV3 production has a third season and will broadcast sometime this year, so something positive was learned from the night.