Having taken the world by storm with sell out seasons and five-star reviews, Trick of the Light Theatre returns to our shores for a 12-centre national tour of The Road That Wasn’t There. Championing puppetry, shadow play and live music this deliciously dark fairy-tale will unleash its magical charms on curious adults and kids (8 and up) from 13 April - 22 May.
Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy returns to New Zealand with a brand new show in 2019!
Don’t miss this chance to see this internationally-renowned and critically-acclaimed comic, who sells out tours all over the world with his unique brand of observational storytelling.
This May, the 2019 NZ International Comedy Festival with their mates at Best Foods Mayo will fill Auckland and Wellington venues with a smorgasbord of local and international leading and rising talent, this is one Comedy Fest season not to be missed. Kicking it all off is the Best Foods Comedy Gala hosted by Rhys Nicholson in Auckland and Justine Smith in Wellington.
You can get all the info you need and tickets at comedyfestival.co.nz
Kiwi singer-songwriter Lisa Crawley makes her musical theatre debut in the internationally acclaimed new Broadway musical ONCE which will capture the spirit of a gloriously gritty Irish pub from June 27 at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. This exhilarating almost-love story is the only show on Broadway to have music that won the Academy Award®, Grammy Award®, Olivier Award and Tony Award® - making it one of the most celebrated modern musicals in the world.
Set in modern-day Dublin, this is the story of a Dublin busker who gave up on his music – and his love – and the Czech musician who inspires him to dream again. In the space of a week their lives will change forever, as they take a gamble on this thing called life. It’s an “invisible” love story about change and identity, jumping across borders and barriers.
Dragfest is busting at the seams, and due to popular demand will be supersized up to the Logan Campbell Centre. The 90-minute spectacular will bring six of the most beloved queens in drag to Auckland for one night only, Tuesday 2nd July. The stage will explode with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winners Monét X Change and Trinity The Tuck, and with Auckland’s best queens Tess Tickle, Buckwheat, Kita Mean and Chanel De Vinci will open the show.
See these fabulous queens serve sickening glamazonian realness:
ALYSSA EDWARDS, JASMINE MASTERS, LATRICE ROYALE, MANILA LUZON, MONET X CHANGE, TRINITY THE TUCK
Blackbird Ensemble, New Zealand's most inventive and theatrical chamber orchestra, presents an awe-inspiring homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk.
In 'All is Full of Love', Blackbird Ensemble serves up an audio feast of Björk’s finest songs across the decades, reimagining her much-loved classics from Debut through to Medulla and Utopia.
Ashley Brown (cello) welcomes back Andrew Beer (violin) and Stephen De Pledge (piano) for a ripper of a programme with elements of New York nightlife, the wild west, jazzy blues, plus a liberal dose of spice from south o’ the border. It’s classical music, but it’s wearing boots to the party so dress casual, bring a compadre, and enjoy the ride.
Eddie Izzard is about to take on the universe again with his new world comedy tour ‘Wunderbar’.
Five years after his last comedy tour Force Majeure made comedy history having played 45 countries including all 50 US States and in four languages, making it the most extensive comedy show ever, Eddie is back to his roots with an all-new rather personal show which expands on his own very unique, totally surreal view of life, love, history and his ‘theory of the universe’.
An unmissable line-up of international and local performers will hit the streets over Auckland Anniversary Weekend with energetic displays of breakdancing, music, hula-hoops, fire stunts, acrobatics and more! The Auckland International Buskers Festival 2019 returns to Auckland’s CBD and Waterfront for another year, with four full days of crowd-pleasing delights from January 25 – 28, 2019.
Ten extraordinary performers will come from far and wide with thrilling performances to entertain the Auckland crowds. The full line-up is still to come for a weekend full of impressive talent – save the date and your Christmas cash, and check back from Friday 21 December 2018 for the complete schedule.
Don’t miss the latest interactive installation, 1000 Doors, straight from the masterminds behind House of Mirrors as they take you through a series of doors, screens, portals and gateways that will make you experience a world like no other. Every entrance begins at the same door, but no two visitors will leave the same as they entered. Beware, things may get a little bit spooky!
Summer is settling in so head to your favourite inner-city hang out where we will have on offer live performances, cool drinks and a space to ‘lax back and enjoy the sunshine.
Our music man Matthew Crawley (Golden Dawn, Flying Out) has once again handpicked a delectable programme of live acts and DJs, happening every Thursday to Sunday, which pretty much guarantees awesome tunes.
Plus, every Friday evening don your tinsel scarf and warm up those vocal chords as a selection of Tāmaki Makaurau’s wonderful choirs belt out to Christmas shoppers in the square.
And don’t forget to grab a selfie in front of the 12-metre tall Christmas tree!
Keep an eye out for January’s programme to be announced very soon, which includes performances by NZ Opera and the Royal New Zealand Navy Band.
Auckland Live would like to acknowledge the support of AUCKLAND UNESCO CITY OF MUSIC
Mt Eden Village channels the silly season on Saturday 1st December with the annual Christmas Tree Decorating Fiesta as part of Christmas in the Village.
The Tree Decorating Fiesta offers a great chance for families to do something inventive together in an outdoor environment. With Christmas tunes pumping and families coming together to create, it’s the perfect way to slide on into the festive season
Once the tree is complete, kids can show their design to one of the Christmas helpers in exchange for an early Christmas treat and can take the tree home.
All of the $10 donation received goes toward supporting community initiatives in Mt Eden.
Celebrate the start of the festive season with the 85th Farmers Santa Parade.
There will be grand floats, stunning costumes, your favourite characters and, of course, Santa!
The fun continues after the parade at Santa's Party in Aotea Square with rides, giveaways, stage entertainment and more.
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love is an unlikely concept album: a gritty political history told through dazzling disco-pop, charting the meteoric rise and fall of Imelda Marcos.
As summer nears, a staggering line-up of the fiercest and most fabulous divas will be bringing this pulsing, irresistible album to life — inviting you to climb into the smoky depths of Q Theatre for an unmissable concert of unchecked desire, art pop and disco balls.
Atamira Dance Company presents "Pango"
Dance, light and live music come together to create an extraordinary, raw, human performance. Six male dancers ignite the stage, bringing movement, energy and life to explore Te Kore – the state of unlimited potential for being.
The fascinating blend of live electric guitar by former Straitjacket FitsFront-Man Shayne Carter and traditional Māori instruments by master player James Webster, creates a dramatic mix of soundscapes and movement. Reverberations of ancient karakia and takutaku chant, evoke the presence of atua Māori.
This highly acclaimed, multi-sensory performance, by visionary choreographer Moss Patterson, enthralled audiences when it premiered in China and Taiwan and promises to do the same for audiences across Aotearoa.
Take up this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the collaborative creativity of some of New Zealand’s most innovative and passionate dance and music artists.
Taking place in the largest Pacific city in the world, The Guerrilla Collection explores the future of Auckland city through a uniquely Pacific lens. A 3-day festival of 30-minute movement pieces, The Guerrilla Collection unites Pacific artists from across multiple disciplines to create fresh, engaging and excellent Pacific art in collaboration with Black Grace dance artists.
Including works from artists such as playwright Victor Rodger, theatre-maker Anapela Polataivao and poet Courtney Sina-Meredith, movement forms the backbone of the festival, with each piece exploring a particular area of our society and what this might look like in 30 years. Unlike anything else, The Guerrilla Collection provides unparalleled levels of access with the festival being free for all.
What will Auckland look like in 30 years? What will it sound like, what will it feel like, what will it taste and smell like?
Indulge in the awe-inspiring beauty of Aotearoa’s magnificent landscapes when Kylie Rusk opens her solo exhibition of paintings and limited edition lithograph prints. At The Grey Place gallery in Grey Lynn, from 30 October to 10 November 2018. Inspired by the stirring natural beauty of Aotearoa’s magnificent landscapes, Rusk’s paintings and lithographs are an expansive and emotionally expressive illustration of her strong connection with the land.
Halloween in the Village returns for an 11th year to Mt. Eden Village on Saturday 27th October 2018, featuring a powerful and talented bunch of witches and wizards from all around to send kids and adults alike into a spooky frenzy with fun activities on The Village Green.
Dress up and take part in the fun, as your favourite Halloween creature – a ghoul, a witch, a bat, a zombie, a vampire or even a little black cat!
With entertainment created by some of Auckland’s leading actors and theatre makers, this is a family Halloween event not to be missed.
FEAR FACTOR – taste the food (if you dare) prepared by Mazui Majo the fiendish food witch.
SPOOKY FUTURE – have your fortune told by the hysterical and the uncanningly accurate Freakella the Fortune Witch.
CRAFTY MADNESS – make your very own creepy Halloween craft to take home with Crewellini the Craft Witch.
CAST A SPELL – help the naughty Egor cast witchy spells with the strangest and most unbelievable of ingredients.
LOOK & LISTEN – groove and move to the spooky mixes with music and have a zombie make-over by the transformation witches.
SKETCHY SELFIES – get your photo taken in a photobooth coffin.
Weather: Witches and wizards will perform in even the worst weather, however if a hurricane approaches, the event will be cancelled.
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.
Award-winning choreographer Moss Patterson (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Atamira, Black Grace, Footnote, Touch Compass Dance Company) wrangles the talent of over fifty of New Zealand’s top performers to create ONE: The Earth Rises, a compelling narrative told through rhythms of traditional kapa haka, Polynesian dance and the Chinese martial arts practice of tai chi.
A sacred taonga is unearthed within a Chinese market in the Manukau area. The Manaia, instilled with magical powers, goes on a journey of discovery across time zones and landscapes, tracing the incredible history of the Manukau region. Featuring performers from Patterson's newly formed company TOHU Dance Theatre with the Auckland Chinese Philharmonic Choir, UNITEC Performing Arts School, James Cook High School and Te Kura o Nga Tapuwae, ONE: The Earth Rises narrates a whakapapa of the Manukau region with untold stories inspired by local Maori traditions and the development of Chinese market gardens in the area.
Patterson has fused traditional and contemporary dance forms with striking live visual projections from sand artist Marcus Winter (The Sand Man) and electronic choral soundscapes from Paddy Free (Pitch Black) to bring intensity and beauty to this diverse new dance experience.
ONE: The Earth Rises is a production of the Vodafone Events Centre and TOHU Dance Theatre. It is supported through the Auckland Diversity Project Fund of Creative New Zealand and Foundation North
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.
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.
“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
What do Jackie Chan, Steven 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.
September 5th to 15th
Loft, Q Theatre
Prices $18- $30 *plus booking fees
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.