Six must-see plays, and more great Auckland events

by India Hendrikse / 10 August, 2017

Colours from China

Mossgreen-Webb’s, Thu 17 Aug–Sat 9 Sep

Beijing curator and art critic Liao Wen has combined some of the best contemporary Chinese art in this colourful exhibition. Wen sees this combination of sculpture, painting, drawing and installation as a reflection of China’s contemporary culture; it’s a selection of works that transcends language barriers. 23–25 Falcon St, Parnell

Blonde Poison

Herald Theatre, Tue 22 Aug–Sat 2 Sep

Gail Louw’s spine-tingling piece is a must-see. Based on the true story of a Jewish woman (played by Elizabeth Hawthorne, above) living illegally in war-torn Berlin, it addresses the horrors of Nazi Germany while examining what it is to be haunted by your past. 50 Mayoral Dr, central city

Non Flower Elements

Basement Theatre, Tue 22–Sat 26 Aug

New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world; Ash Jones and Arlo Gibson address feelings of inadequacy through dance, music and open conversation. Basement Theatre, Tue 22–Sat 26 Aug

Other [chinese]

Q Theatre, Wed 6–Sat 16 Sep

Writer and director Alice Canton wonders what it means to be Chinese in Auckland today. Over the past year, Canton has spent time workshopping with people from various Chinese communities to create Other [chinese]. More than 100 performers take to the stage each night, challenging misrepresentation through their own truths. 305 Queen St, central city

Bryson Tiller

Logan Campbell Centre, Fri 22 Sep

You know you’re doing alright when you make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and R&B/hip-hop singer and rapper Bryson Tiller made it this year. You might also know him from DJ Khaled’s recent chart-topping single ‘Wild Thoughts’ featuring Rihanna and Tiller. “Wild, wild, wild”... ya know? 217 Greenlane West Rd, Greenlane

Fa’aafa

Basement Theatre, Tue 15–Sat 19 Aug

A performance piece juxtaposed with digital projections, Fa’aafa, created by Pati Solomona Tyrell, is a Samoan fagogo (fable) about the oral traditions, adornment, movement and sound associated with fa’afafine. Lower Greys Ave, central city

The South Afreakins

Basement Theatre, Tue 15–Sat 19 Aug

Jump in on this, as it sold out at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Writer and performer Robyn Paterson tells a gripping story of immigrating from South Africa to New Zealand.

NZSO presents: Karen Gomyo

Auckland Town Hall, Fri 18–Sat 19 Aug

One of the world’s most sought after violinists, Canadian Karen Gomyo will perform two shows with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra: Mahler and Berg, and Beethoven and Bruch.   Auckland Town Hall,
Fri 18–Sat 19 Aug

Nell Gwynn

ASB Waterfront Theatre, Tue 15–Wed 30 Aug

Nell Gwynn sets the scene in 1660 London, where the Puritans have done their stifling dash and theatre is the place to be once again. Orange seller Nell Gwynn gets cast as a leading lady and captures the heart of King Charles II, eventually becoming the embodiment of Restoration England. 138 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

ASB Theatre, Mon 14 Aug

Gaming nerds, come out of your dens, because The Legend of Zelda is about to unfold. A video presentation is set to 30 years’ worth of music from the game, which will be performed by a full orchestra and choir.
50 Mayoral Dr, central city

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