ONstage: Hotel Europa – opening the broken spaces of colliding cultures, memory, aspirations

ONstage: Hotel Europa – opening the broken spaces of colliding cultures, memory, aspirations

ANNABEL WILSON reviews the final show of  Hotel Europa at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. On the eve of the Brexit vote, third year Toi Whakaari actors performed the last show of their season of Goran Stefanovski‘s Hotel Europa. Directed by Anna Marbrook working in collaboration with designer Kasia Pol, the graduand students explored questions of home, power, ego, nationalism, the […]

opiniON: The fine art of ghosting

opiniON: The fine art of ghosting

ANNABEL WILSON investigates the social etiquette of ‘ghosting’: leaving an event without telling anyone. My friend is an expert at ghosting. We’ll be at a gig or a party, then all of a sudden she’s not there. She’s masterfully vanished, without causing offence or a scene – just split, unnoticed, with aplomb. Some might reckon this is rude, but I’ve […]

ON a plate: “We’re leaving the building” – Memories and milestones as café celebrates 28th birthday

ON a plate: “We’re leaving the building” – Memories and milestones as café celebrates 28th birthday

This June marks the 28th year of Wellington institution the Ministry of Food, one of the founders of the café culture that revolutionised Wellington’s image locally and internationally. For owners Brenda Jessup and Tony Lynch, the birthday heralds the end of an era as they prepare to move out of their premises next to the Beehive in search of a […]

Five reasons to love… kin2kin: the family-friendly social networking app

Five reasons to love… kin2kin: the family-friendly social networking app

Brainchild of Wanaka dad and businessman Hamish Mcgregor, kin2kin offers a simple, new way for families to connect online. ANNABEL WILSON explores the benefits of using the app that’s shaking up today’s social networking space. 1. kin2kin is child’s play As an introduction to the wonderful world of apps, kin2kin is a great place for rookies of all ages to start exploring. Inviting […]

ON Tap: Big and brown: Good George’s APA

ON Tap: Big and brown: Good George’s APA

SCOTT ANDERSON delivers his weekly banter ON craft beer. After last week’s piece about Behemoth’s Hopped Up On Pils and its Rip Lid cans, I received some feedback on Facebook from a Wellington brewer. Their comment was that some of the positive qualities I’d ascribed to canned beer were either incorrect or negligible; and that the canning of beer was more about marketing […]

Five reasONs to love… Public Service Announcements – NZ’s only longstanding political satire

Five reasONs to love… Public Service Announcements – NZ’s only longstanding political satire

SARAH MCMULLAN caught No Fefe Collective’s latest version of PSA at Bats theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival and shares five reasONs why you should too. 1. Because you’re not getting enough political satire in your diet. Look around you. Where are you getting your NZ political satire from? The occasional cartoon? The odd Hosking lashback? Why are we relying […]

ONstage: That escalated quickly – Red Bastard review

ONstage: That escalated quickly – Red Bastard review

ANNABEL WILSON steps out of her comfort zone and into the dangerous territory that is commanded by New York’s comedy-monster the Red Bastard, here as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival. Lots of comedians ask audience members what they do; what their job is. Some comedians ask audience members if they’re happy in their job. I’ve never seen a […]