May 24, 2022 Metro Arts
Wow, what a week! It’s such a hectic moment of everything ramping up (going to the theatre this eve, how blissful!) and Covid equally ramping up. A bit of a dropping like flies situation. What to make of it, though? I have no idea. Be safe. Keep masked.
So last week, I mentioned that many festivals were dropping their lineups soon, and right on cue Doc Edge Festival came through with their programme here. The festival is stacked, and scrolling through the programme is high key intimidating. Sometimes I wonder if the best strategy is just to turn up to a theatre and see what’s on at that time. Doc roulette. I am keen to see two films in particular though: Nelly & Nadine and Girl Gang. My kind of vibe.
Also, a few highlights from the flood of things coming into my inbox: The World of Wearable arts is back on this year, self-described as the “most spectacular theatrical stage production”. Tickets can be brought online here. Also, A Place To Stand: Contemporary Indian Art in Aotearoa, is presented by Kshetra, a collective of New Zealand Indian artists in the Te Taunga Community Hub at Auckland Museum on now. The show asks the question, “What is contemporary New Zealand Indian art?” Wharenui Harikoa (House of Joy) by Lissy Robinson-Cole and Rudi Robinson is popping up for a very short time at Objectspace from Thursday 26th only until Saturday 28th. The pop up includes a series of talks and events. I will be heading over early on Wednesday, so keep an eye on our Instagram for a little preview.
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I had big plans for a reckon, especially after my reckon about reckons last week (thank you to those who emailed me your own reckons on the situation, proof that there’s a problem and not many solutions). But last week, I caught a cold, eloped, and nursed a 24 hour hangover. And now I’m here writing Metro Arts again with nothing to say. I’m hoping that’s enough to get let off the hook. I would promise a good reckon next week, but who wants to set themselves up like that?
This week I recommend heading along to Werewolf by Joel Baxendale, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Karin McCracken, Oliver Devlin, & Ralph Upton. The show presented by Binge Culture opens TONIGHT at Auckland’s Basement Theatre. To convince you to head along we asked the Werewolf team a couple of questions.
What is the main question that Werewolf grapples with?
How fear of the unknown can bring out the best and worst of human behaviour, Werewolf explores how communities are built and torn apart under pressure.
Three reasons not to miss Werewolf?
It contains all the tropes of your favourite horrors, as the Basement Theatre is transformed into an immersive safehouse where you and your friends’ choices will determine your survival.
Comedy and horror will be blended into a theatrical and pathos rich smoothie which everyone can enjoy.
It features some of New Zealand’s most innovative theatre makers combining their powers to lead you into the dark and (if you play your cards right) back out again.
What can audiences expect?
As a Binge Culture production, Werewolf is truly unique in its form and content, including chilling sound design and gripping performances. Audiences can be the masters of their own destiny as they attempt to unravel the mysteries of a lycanthropic outbreak loose in the CBD. The tour so far has had audiences laughing, squealing, and generally having a riot of a time.
Werewolf is at Basement Theatre from 24 May to 28 May. Buy your tickets here.
Documentary Edge International Film Festival 2022
Virtual Festival: 1 Jun – 10 Jul
Auckland Festival: 15 – 19 & 24 June at The Capitol Cinema, 15 – 19 June at Silky Otter and 22 – 26 June at The Civic
seven methods of killing kylie jenner
Basement Theatre, Lowers Greys Ave
2 — 18 Jun
Featuring Ema Tavola, Leilani Kake, Raymond Sagapolutele. Curated by Nigel Borell.
4 June — 6 June
How to be a Bad Muslim and Other Essays by Mohamed Hassan
Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022
8 — 12 June
Featuring Dr Hinemoa Elder, Kiri Nathan, Lisa Reihana, Qiane Matu-Sipu and Stacey Morrison, and hosted by Miriama Kamo.
Scenes from a Yellow Peril
Auckland Theatre Company
ASB Waterfront Theatre
21 Jun – 3 July