Author Archives: Basement

Kate McGill on Weave – Yarns with New Zealanders, real life experiences

What gave you the original idea for Weave? I’ve always been interested in this idea of identity – collective and individual. Dad is a social historian and has written many, many books. There was one, in particular, that he wrote … Continue reading

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Eliza Sanders on Castles: the absurd, ambiguous and resonant

How would you describe the show in a sentence? Nonsense revealing truth. Dance, song, absurdist text and colourful costumes – a woman lets you into her subconscious as she experiences an amusing, bemusing journey. What inspired the show? So many … Continue reading

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Prue Clark Interrogates the Freedoms and Pitfalls of Online Discourse

- What inspired the show? Facebook. Emma was fed up with her news feed where people spouted opinions seemingly incessantly, usually in bite-sized overly-simplified ways. Tim Etchells’ (UK’s Forced Entertainment) Sight is the Sense was also an important inspiration. Emma … Continue reading

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Getting Electrified with Tanu from FAFSWAG

What can we expect from the show? Something electric. Something physical. Something visceral. In a c*nt kinda way. But very much something specific to the context of queer / trans bodies here in New Zealand and using the veichle of … Continue reading

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Fringey Goodness at The Basement and Beyond!

Jonty caught up with possibly the busiest person in theatre land atm, the wonderful Lydia Zanetti, Director of the Fringe Festival. What can we expect from the Fringe Festival this year? What can’t you expect! There’s a massive variety of … Continue reading

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Hitting Blissful Moments with Musical STDs

Jonty caught up with Thomas Sainsbury… What inspired the show? Jason and I wanted to do a musical together so we sat down and brainstormed a whole lot of ideas, hoping to strike on one that interested us both. We … Continue reading

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Chloe Klein on Mea Tau. Sweat, Stamina, Humour and Emotion

What can we expect from the show? You can definitely expect a lot of sweat and ‘oooooooh that was close’ moments. We are offering stamina, humour and emotion through a contemporary dance performance that is accessible for anyone and everyone! … Continue reading

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Petrouchka Re-imagined, Alice Canton Talk About Little Sister

When did you first come across Petrouchka? What attracted you to retell the story? In 1993 I watched the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s version of Petrouchka at the Theatre Royal in Christchurch (I was seven years old). Douglas Wright performing … Continue reading

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A Blow Up Sex Doll and Fake Blood – Sophie Roberts on Silo Theatre’s Latest Offering

What can we expect from the show? It’s still early days in rehearsal so I haven’t seen a run of the show yet but sometimes I spy on them through a little window into the room they are working in … Continue reading

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Bron Batton on First Dates, French Kissing, and Portuguese Bowels……

What can we expect from the show? Awkwardness, fun, wine, cheese, more awkwardness and hopefully some romantic magic. The show is a bit like any first date really- anything could happen!   Are you expecting dating in New Zealand to … Continue reading

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