Pick & Mix
Jun
30
to Sep 2

Pick & Mix

Auckland Live Pick & Mix is back for 2018, and we’re celebrating our 10th birthday! Join us for ten action-packed weekends of free, family-friendly weekend performances and workshops.

PICK & MIX FAQ

Our big birthday season features some of our favourite Pick & Mix artists including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Jandel J and the Funky Friends, National Youth Theatre Company and so many more.

There's also a very special weekend where the kids get to take over! That’s right, you can join the crew and help us put on a show doing important jobs like being an MC, ushering people to their seats, and shining a spotlight on the performers.

There's something for everyone at Pick & Mix, so why not come and party with us!

 

This year bookings for Auckland Live Pick & Mix are essential. Book your free tickets from Universe. Each person (including infants) attending Pick & Mix will need a ticket for entry due to limited venue capacity.

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Burn Her
Aug
2
to Aug 18

Burn Her

Presented by Q Theatre and Smoke Labours Productions as part of MATCHBOX 2018

How dirty do you have to get to look clean?

It's election night and a fledgling new party, led by the charismatic and idealistic Aria, has captured an unlikely seat in the new parliament.

As deals are made that pit the reality of government against the high rhetoric of the campaign, a crisis looms that could destroy the party’s future and Aria must decide what or who she is willing to sacrifice for her ambitions.

Burn Her is a new political drama by Sam Brooks, one of New Zealand's most exciting young contemporary playwrights. Already known for his searing wit and incisive commentary on modern New Zealand, Burn Her marks a major leap forward in the scope of Brooks' writing, out of the living room and into the cut and thrust of modern politics.

BURN HER​ plays Loft, Q Theatre

August 2nd -18th 2018
Tues-Sat, 7pm | Sun, 5pm

Book at qtheatre.co.nz or 09 309 9771

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Hir
Aug
2
to Aug 25

Hir

Isaac returns home from a three-year stint in Afghanistan to discover his suburban family engaged in a war of their own. His mother has liberated herself from patriarchal ideas like ‘cleaning’ and ‘cooking’, his sibling is transitioning and impatient to leave the world around hir, and in a neglected heap in the corner, their once dominating father is being force-fed oestrogen-laden smoothies.

Deliciously sly and exquisitely intelligent, Taylor Mac’s subversive comedy is an examination of private power and the messy implications of change.

A dysfunctional family drama for the 21st century.

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Mrs Krishnan's Party
Aug
8
to Oct 7

Mrs Krishnan's Party

From the Makers of Krishnan's Dairy & Guru of Chai.

Written by: Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis 
Directed by: Justin Lewis

Indians throw crazy parties. 
Heard of Diwali? A million lamps floating on a river and fireworks to wake the dead. Heard of Holi? An explosion of colour and joy and massive dry cleaning bills.

How about Onam? No? 
It’s the harvest festival, and this one could be the craziest of them all!

Mrs Krishnan’s boarder, overzealous wannabe DJ, James, has invited a few friends into the back room of the dairy (yes – Krishnan’s Dairy) as a special surprise to celebrate Onam and the return home of her son. But when around 100 strangers turn up (the audience) and settle in, Mrs K has no choice but to throw the party of her life!

Check out another side of Kalyani Nagarajan (The Pickle King) in Mrs. Krishnan’s Party and watch as she cleverly embodies the role of Zina Krishnan! Join us for an evening that’s sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!

Show duration: 75 minutes (no interval)

Join the Mrs Krishnan's Party Facebook event page to keep up to date with all the party preparations: https://goo.gl/594yYy

#ricericebaby

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Kororāreka: The ballad of Maggie of Flynn
Aug
24
to Sep 20

Kororāreka: The ballad of Maggie of Flynn

KORORĀREKA: THE BALLAD OF MAGGIE FLYNN

This is a story unique to us as New Zealanders, unravelling the legacy of the women in our past and stirring the ones too wild to be captured. It is a sea-shanty, a coarse and vulgar rhyme that will make you laugh and cry to smell the sea again after so long.

Set in the era of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Kororāreka (Russell) was a lawless outpost in a wild country.

Maggie Flynn leaves Ireland a convict and arrives in Kororāreka the captain of a whaling ship. When burying her husband on the shores of this land she is captured by a Māori chief and becomes his mōkai, a prestige slave more akin to a pet. An unthinkable intimacy burns between her and the chief until her fateful rescue where she loses all she has held dear. Her fortune continues to twist and turn as Maggie becomes a force facilitating the burgeoning trade between Māori and European settlers, the publican and madam of the notorious Duke of Marlborough Hotel. One day culture and history collide and her ultimate undoing is the very world she sought to escape.

Kororāreka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn is touring the North Island in August and September 2018.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS BELOW

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Peace train
Sep
1
8:00 PM20:00

Peace train

Join multiple award-winning musician Darren Coggan, as he honours one of the most inspiring and prolific singer songwriters of our time, Cat Stevens, in Peace Train: A tribute to Cat Stevens, touring to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in August and September 2018.

After performing in 2015 at the Auckland Town Hall Peace Train returns due to popular demand, taking audiences on a journey back in time, recreating the sights and sounds, seeking out the man in the music and illuminating the story behind the songs. Even Cat Steven’s own nephew has seen the show and given it the tick of approval.

“Coggan sounds amazingly like Stevens. He has the timbre, the inflections and the feel of Cat’s music. The combination of Coggan’s affable persona, the intriguing story and the amazing catalogue of songs adds up to a winner.” - The Daily Telegraph

Star of Peace Train, Darren Coggan, is a musician, singer and TV presenter who created this show in 2008, wanting audiences to experience some of Stevens’ biggest hits live, and to discover the stories behind the music.

Across Australia, including performances at the Sydney Opera House, Coggan has performed his acclaimed repertoire with remarkable authenticity. A self-proclaimed aficionado of Cat Stevens, Coggan has even met the man himself.

“Stevens’ timeless songs including Moonshadow, Wild World, Peace Train, Where Do the Children Play, Father & Son, Morning Has Broken and many more, continue to unite the world, bringing people together with his message of peace, tolerance and understanding.” - Darren Coggan

“Darren Coggan seamlessly weaves the Cat Stevens story in song and speech in what ends with a standing ovation.” - Sunday Herald Sun

“Coggan has found a quality of voice which is so close to the original that you would think it is Cat Stevens himself. The commitment from the writer is not just to the music, but to the message. The result is an exciting concert and a dramatic narrative with a worthwhile theme.” - Canberra Times

Get on board the Peace Train and ‘Remember The Days’ of Cat Stevens as Darren Coggan traces the path of this international enigma.

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Orientation
Sep
5
to Sep 15

Orientation

What do Jackie ChanSteven Yuen, and Raybon Kan have in common? 

They’re all on Mei’s list of eligible men to tap, gap, or tie down.

A hot mess of sexual stereotypes, no Asian man is left un-turned in Mei’s quest to root herself back to her roots. When a shock event leaves her questioning everything about love, Chinese-Pākehā Mei dives ferociously back into the dating game. A film star from Singapore, an Indian Taika Waititi and the Asian answer to Channing Tatum lift the sheets on how sex and race collide in little old New Zealand, where Asianess is both fetishised and feared.

An ensemble of the sexiest storytellers from the Asian diaspora play out your wildest dreams and cringiest tropes as Mei uncovers that love is simple but race is not.

ORIENTATION plays:

September 5th to 15th

Loft, Q Theatre

Times: 7.45pm

Prices $18- $30 *plus booking fees

www.qtheatre.co.nz

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Crying men
Sep
6
to Sep 8

Crying men

Exploring masculinity through a Pacific lens, CRYING MEN is a vital new work choreographed by NZ icon and Arts Laureate Neil Ieremia. This richly textured conversation from cultural phenomenon Black Grace premieres in Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the world, for a strictly limited season from September 6.

Through dance, CRYING MEN traces the journey of three generations of Pacific men, living in a new land and dealing with the impact of the loss of a matriarch who brought balance to the traditional expectations of masculinity with compassion, tolerance and strength.

Utilising gesture, elements of traditional Pacific storytelling, song and dance, the production sees Ieremia collaborate with acclaimed Pacific playwright Victor Rodger for the first time. Rodger has created an original narrative framework which underpins the work. Black Grace has commissioned new music from hip-hop legends Anonymouz aka Faiumu Matthew Salapu and Submariner aka Andy Morton; their work will drive percussively powerful movement from an impressive cast of dancers and singers.

Thanks to Creative New Zealand and Foundation North

Exhilarating and life-affirming.” Theatreview, Christchurch, 2017

"Black Grace dancers in their military-like precision are simply mesmerising, and they honor their traditions in impressive fashion." - Critical Dance, USA, 2017

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Dire Straits
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Dire Straits

Due to popular demand from New Zealand fans and following a hugely successful concert tour of UK & Europe the world’s greatest Dire Straits show returns to New Zealand in September 2018 to perform the incredible catalogue of hit songs.

The Dire Straits Experience features original band member Chris White on Saxophone, supported by 6 world-class musicians who have performed in the bands of artists such as Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and David Gilmour – they are the best of the best!

It has been more than 40 years since the opening line of Sultans Of Swing was first heard being broadcast around the world. In the process, it introduced us to a majestic guitar player and songwriter in Mark Knopfler, and to what has become a musical universe unto itself: the music of Dire Straits.

Over 20 years have passed since Dire Straits disbanded, leaving a catalogue of some of the finest compositions and musical performances that the heyday of rock ever produced.

If anything, their reputation has only grown with time. Record sales of more than one hundred and twenty million albums continue to increase as new young fans discover the music and join the band’s massive worldwide following.

“I have been truly amazed and, frankly, humbled by the response we have had from the fans on hearing these songs again. Dire Straits have the most amazingly loyal fan base. It has been so great to reconnect with people I last saw in 1992 and see them still getting so much from this music.

Also, it is fantastic to make new friends among the many young people who are now discovering Mark and Dire Straits. So many people still want to experience this live.” – Chris White.

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Air Play
Oct
13
to Oct 14

Air Play

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of epic proportions – a show that brings to life the air that we breathe. Gasp and giggle as balloons dance in the wind, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk goes flying above your head. 

Astonishing adults and children alike, Air Play merges circus and theatre with sculptural artistry to create a world of joyous wonder and beauty. 

Direct from New York, and the creative team from Cirque du Soleil, Air Play is an international hit playing to thousands of spectators across the world.

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Count Basie Orchestra
Jul
30
7:30 PM19:30

Count Basie Orchestra

THE LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA

A TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG

 

Directed by Scotty Barnhart

Featuring special guest vocalist Carmen Bradford

 

The living embodiment of swing, one of the most elegant and irresistible sounds that ever shook the western world, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra have announced they will tour Australia and New Zealand in July/August 2018.

 

Directed by veteran trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, the 18-piece Count Basie Orchestra features a peerless array of instrumentalists with combined credentials that have topped the upper echelons of the international jazz world for decades.

 

From Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan to Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra has provided the supremely distinctive sound and swing behind some of the greatest singers of the modern age.

 

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Sightings
Jul
18
10:00 PM22:00

Sightings

Sightings

Sightings is funny, deep, dark and delightful.

Smart and sassy characters are tracking connections, hunting possibilities, and navigating their future.

For anyone who has a sister, mother, grandmother or daughter this contemporary and gutsy piece of theatre will take you on a strangely familiar journey.

How do you measure a life?

The characters in this play are figuring out how to carve their own existence, whilst unwittingly offering clues for others as they travel their path.

Ka Mua, Ka Muri

Walking Backwards into the Future

Navigating our future, holding the past in our sight.

Tipping into the unknown.

We gaze ahead.  We survey the landscape.

We carry in our bones those before us.

Prepare to be lost and found.  Your compass, tape measure, binoculars and shark tooth are provided.  

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The Changeling
Jun
29
to Aug 2

The Changeling

SOMETIMES THE ONE YOU LOVE... 

ISN'T THE ONE YOU WANT

 

Beatrice hires a hitman to murder her fiance, only to become trapped in a vortex of lust and deceit. Every virtue pales beside her sins.

Few Jacobean tragedies match The Changeling for sheer audacity. In it, energy takes the form of sexual desire as the two protagonists, Beatrice and De Flores, plunge into the sick heart of compulsion.

Michael Hurst brings his trademark intensity to this remarkable piece. Filled with strikingly modern psychological insights, and concerned as it is with the darker side of human nature, this play remains a vivid and potent reminder of the dangers of self-delusion. 

In a ferociously intimate production, featuring Anthea Freya Hill as Beatrice and Mel Odedra as the loathsome De Flores, Hurst and his cast will dive headlong into the claustrophobic world of obsessive sexuality. 

PLAY DUMB. PLAY DIRTY. PLAY FALSE.

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Arj Barker - Organic
May
17
to May 19

Arj Barker - Organic

Arj Barker returns to the NZ International Comedy Festival, with his hysterical chemical compound of a show, ORGANIC playing 17 May 2018 at The Opera House in Wellington, and 18 & 19 May 2018 at SKYCITY Theatre in Auckland.

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Documentary Edge International Film Festival 2018
May
9
to Jun 4

Documentary Edge International Film Festival 2018

The power and presence that belongs to the genre that is the documentary film returns to NZ for the 13th Documentary Edge International Film Festival(Doc Edge). The festival, which programmes over 50 stunning films and attracts a bevy of international film makers to our shores, launches at Wellington’s Roxy Cinema from 9th - 20th May before heading to Auckland’s Q Theatre from 23rd May– 4th June

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Lumina
May
4
to May 23

Lumina

Following sold out seasons and standing ovations in New Zealand, the Holland Dance Festival, and Germany, The New Zealand Dance Company proudly presents one of its most sought after and celebrated programmes Lumina.

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Salonica
Feb
15
to Mar 2

Salonica

Salonica plays in Wellington (15th-17th February, Circa Two), Auckland (22nd – 24th February, Q Theatre) as part of Auckland Fringe Festival, and Hamilton (1st/2nd March, Playhouse Theatre).

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Auckland Pride 2018
Feb
4
to Feb 18

Auckland Pride 2018

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Human rights and LGBTIQ+ people are under attack all over the world. In 2018, the Auckland Pride Festival and Parade will make space and march for peace, love and unity.

Let’s turn our celebration and visibility into a beacon of hope. Show the planet that we are many voices who sing in unity. Protest peacefully about the things that matter to us.

The 2018 Auckland Pride Festival will run for two weeks and three weekends, from Friday 2 February until Sunday 18 February, right across the Auckland region, with an incredible range of events that reflect the unique mix of cultures, sexualities and gender identities in New Zealand’s most super-diverse city.

He pōkēkē uenuku i tu ai!  Against a dark cloud, a rainbow stands out brightly!

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Puāwai Festival
Nov
27
to Dec 2

Puāwai Festival

Bringing together some of the city’s most impressive minds, the Puāwai Festival returns to Auckland from Monday 27 November to Saturday 2 December to champion honest and authentic representation of HIV in Aotearoa.  The week full of events is timed to honour World AIDS Day on December 1.

Whakapapa – Panel event hosted by Steven Oates
Tuesday 28 November, 7pm
Basement Theatre
Koha entry

Voices – Workshops
Wednesday 29 November – Friday 1 December
Garnet Station
Wednesday: Sexy Voices with Louise Bochier, 11-2pm, koha
Thursday: Finding Your Voice with Caitlin Smith, 11-2pm, koha
Friday: Using Your Voice with Caitlin Smith, 11-2pm, koha
Saturday: Spoken Word Workshop with Renee Liang, 1-5pm; Presentation: 6:30-7:30
Koha entry
 

Wahine Toa – Performance presented by b.Terongopai.t Presents and Positive Women
Wednesday 29 November – Friday 1 December, 7:30pm
Garnet Station
Tickets: $18 concession, $25 full
To purchase tickets, please contact Garnet Station.
W:  http://garnetstation.com/
P:   027 4493 953
E:  tinytheatrenz@gmail.com

Gay Sex Drugs – Panel event and bar night presented by Body Positive
Wednesday 29 November, 7.30pm
Tin Room
Koha entry

The Upside Down Gala – Charity Fundraiser
Thursday 30 November
Civic Theatre Wintergarden
Tickets: $25 – $85
To purchase tickets, please contact Auckland Live
W:  https://www.aucklandlive.co.nz/show/puawai-festival-the-upside-down

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Body Double
Nov
9
to Nov 25

Body Double

This 2017 STAB commission by co-creators Eleanor Bishop and Julia Croft debuts at BATS Theatre Wellington 9-25th November and will blend live projection, erotic literature, science, and the language of Hollywood film to revolutionise the way women see themselves in the digital age.

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The Vultures
Oct
14
to Oct 21

The Vultures

The Vultures takes Auckland and Hamilton by storm, at Playhouse Theatre on 14th October and Q Theatre from 18th to 21st October, with a story of full of razor-sharp barbs, inspired by conversations of privilege, clean water and iwi Māori navigating through a post settlement world.

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Artweek Auckland
Oct
7
to Oct 15

Artweek Auckland

An artistic explosion will engulf Auckland from October 7- 15 with Artweek Auckland; a 10-day festival showcasing and celebrating the visual arts and artists of New Zealand. Ten Auckland precincts (Central City, Newmarket, Ponsonby, Arch Hill, Parnell, K’ Road, Devonport, East, West and South) come alive with a vibrant and dynamic programme providing a unique chance to explore Auckland’s amazingly diverse art world, set in public to private spaces, pop ups, streets and everything in-between.

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TEMPO DANCE FESTIVAL 2017
Oct
4
to Oct 15

TEMPO DANCE FESTIVAL 2017

New Zealand’s only professional dance festival returns to Auckland for its 14th year of envelope-pushing artistry, with a season of shows that truly has something for everyone in the centre of Auckland at Q Theatre from 4th to 15th October.

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