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Biggest

The Biggest
(Court Theatre)
Written by Jamie McCaskill
Directed by Ross Gumbley
They’re out of their depth

It’s been a while since Walter, Pat and Mick have seen Stu. He’s been absent from the local working men’s club since Stu wrote off the new boat he spent his life savings on and landed himself in a wheelchair.

Reunited, the men seize the opportunity to enter the local fishing competition to win Stu a replacement boat. All they have to do is catch the biggest fish.

Easy, right?


Reviews:

Stuff
Backstage
Theatreview

Ideation

Ideation
Court Theatre

With only a whiteboard and their own dubious morals as a compass, the team of executives working on a project must decide whether they are saving the world, being tested by their superiors… or designing the blueprints for another holocaust.


This play was performed in the Forge theatre, the stage is a raised platform with table and chairs. The audience sit on three sides with the forth being a mirrored wall that is used as a writing board.

The play has a go at examining the current corporate culture. How is loyalty or leadership defined and what is the objective of a company. There is a lot of talking in circles by management/consultant types and it often skips basic questions in logic. But it’s often funny, puzzling and questions behaviors of people in ‘authority’.

The playwright,  Aaron Loeb is also video game executive. The director is Dan Bain.

I enjoyed it for the 90 minute running time, other opinions are available:

Stuff
Backstage
Theatreview
 

Armageddon 2018

Armageddon 2018 at Horncastle Arena June 2-4.

I was intending to go to just on Sunday show to see Garrett Wang (Star Trek Voyager) but ended up going on Sat & Sunday due to the wet weather.

Garrett Wang is a pro at this. His CV doesn’t list much after Voyager (1995-2001) so he must be making most of his money from the conference circuit. He related stories from his Trek time like an old pro (he is now 49).

 

After Garret was John Shea. I vaguely remember him from Lois & Clark (1993-1997). He was up the front of the stage telling his story and taking questions. I haven’t seen and actor give such an engaging performance since Tracy Scoggins was in Christchurch at least 10 years ago.

 

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.