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Streetcar Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire
(Court Theatre Production)

Jaded Southern belle Blanche DuBois arrives in a sultry New Orleans, desperate for a place to stay.

Her little sister Stella takes her in, but tensions soon flare as Stella’s husband Stanley keeps a brooding eye on his new sister-in-law.

Dark, depressing, brooding and ultimately a tragedy. The critics love it…

The Press Review




Windy Willows

at the Court Theatre
One toad. A whole lot of trouble!

Written by Kenneth Grahame
Adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett
Music and additional lyrics by Jeremy Sams

Directed by Ross Gumbley
Musical Direction by Richard Marrett

The set was impressive, costumes quirky and inventive. Effects and moving props surprising and inventive. And the acting/singing up to the usual standards of the Court Theatre.

The only problem was the script. It just wasn’t that memorable or inventive. It’s essentially the same story that has been told in various media: Toady crashes cars, gets into trouble an the rats take over Toad Hall. Toady rallies his mates to take it back and preserve the essential British Class system.

Other views may be available:

Stuff Review

Theatre Scenes





One of the best-known works of art in the world

On this day in 1922, Howard Carter (not of Mars) and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.

Howard Carter
George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon


Benedict Cumberbatch & Thomas Edison

In 1877 Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

Edison in 1922

Win 1.0

On this day in 1985, Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

Microsoft had worked with Apple Computer to develop applications for Apple’s January 1984 original Macintosh.

It runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation. It provides an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software.

Despite positive responses to its early presentations and support from a number of hardware and software makers, Windows 1.0 was received poorly by critics.

Critics felt Windows 1.0 did not meet their expectations. In particular, they felt that Windows 1.0 put too much emphasis on mouse input at a time when mouse use was not yet widespread; not providing enough resources for new users; and for performance issues, especially on systems with lower computer hardware specifications.

Windows 1.0 was declared obsolete and Microsoft stopped providing support and updates for the system on December 31, 2001.

Clermont Council

In 1095, at the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II calls for a Crusade to the Holy Land.

The Council of Clermont was a mixed synod of ecclesiastics and laymen of the Catholic Church, called by Pope Urban II and held from 18 to 28 November 1095 at ClermontAuvergne, at the time part of the Duchy of Aquitaine.

Pope Urban II

Pope Urban’s speech on November 27 included the call to arms that would result in the First Crusade, and eventually the capture of Jerusalem and the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. In this, Urban reacted to the request by Byzantine emperor Alexius I Comnenus who had sent envoys to the Council of Piacenza requesting military assistance against the Seljuk Turks

Several accounts of the speech survive, the one by Fulcher of Chartres, who was present at the council, is generally accepted as the most reliable.

Fresh Boat

Fresh off the Boat

Charles isn’t just arriving into New Zealand – he’s arriving into another life. But the reality of Christchurch ain’t the fantasy he was promised.

The fish factory he works at stinks, his nieces have no understanding of their Samoan culture or language and there’s some Palagi hanging around his sister…

Alternately hilarious and sobering, this milestone Pasifika play tells a culturally challenging yet universally Kiwi story about family, culture shock and what we owe each other.


Stuff Review



In 1707 Four British naval vessels run aground on the Isles of Sicily because of faulty navigation. In response, the first Longitude Act is enacted in 1714.

177 years later in 1884  The Royal Observatory in Britain is adopted as the prime meridian of longitude.