Author Archives: Basement

Mental health, art, and social change – Mockingbird

Our blogger Jonty had a chat to Lisa Brickell about her upcoming show Mockingbird, an exploration of an often-neglected topic in mental health through comedy, mask, music. What can we expect from the show? Mockingbird is an original play about … Continue reading

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No feathers, no sequins, no boas. SUITS

Our blogger Jonty had a chat to Jessie Cassin, who’s upcoming alt-cabaret Suits is on from the 27 Sep – 1 Oct as part of our collaboration with the Auckland Live International Cabaret Festival. What can we expect from the … Continue reading

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Being a disconnected, “quarter-caste” Māori

  Our blogger Jonty had a chat to Hayley Sproull on her upcoming show Vanilla Miraka, opening in the Theatre this Tuesday.  Were there any particular experiences that inspired the show? I came back from a trip to India to … Continue reading

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The barbarian is back

Our blogger Jonty had a chat to Jo Randerson, whose show Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong returns to Basement for four nights only, beginning this Wednesday through Saturday in the Theatre. What was the original inspiration behind the show? The original … Continue reading

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Logging on to get off

Our blogger Jonty had a chat to Legacy Project founder Bruce Brown on his new show Hook Up Boys, opening in the Studio on the 20th of September. Were there any particular experiences that inspired the show? Loads. With any … Continue reading

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Album Party Two – The Better Best Sequel

  Our blogger Jonty chatted to TYLA and DENI$, aka Frith Horan and Kate McGill, about the sequel to last year’s pop extravaganza, Better Best Album Party Anyone Has Been Two, on in the Studio this week.  What inspired the show? … Continue reading

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On starting over. CLOSE CITY

Our blogger Jonty chatted with Egle Simkeviciute Kulvelis on her Auckland directorial debut of Close City, coming up Basement next week. What are the central questions, themes, or conflicts that lies at the heart of the work for you? “Close … Continue reading

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Jess Robinson on why she’s doing Turkish

Our blogger Jonty chatted to Jess Robinson about her new show Smoky Quartz Does Turkish coming up next week in the Studio. What can we expect form the show?   A mad, fun, multi-character, musical roller coaster ride.   What inspired … Continue reading

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Thomus

Our blogger Jonty spoke to actor and playwright Ash Jones about his debut work Thomus, a David Lynchean psycho-thriller written entirely in iambic pentameter. At what point in the development process did you decide to use iambic pentameter? This show came … Continue reading

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Not just another modern reimagining: HIPPOLYTUS VEILED

    Our blogger Jonty had a conversation with writer Nathan Joe about his new work Hippolytus Veiled, a modern re-imagining of the famous Euripides play opening August 16th.   When did you first come across Euripides’ play, and what made … Continue reading

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