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Yianni Agisilaou – Pockets of Equality Banshee Labyrinth Edinburgh Fringe Festival

 

 

Here’s more from Dedee at Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

Yianni Agisilaou’s Pockets of Equality is a show full of witty well observed stories, highlighting the double standards that challenge our idea of so-called equality.
Those pesky old fashioned gender roles just won’t go away will they? Turns out, even if some of us have moved on, some things remain ingrained in our society. Continue reading

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Lists for the End of the World – Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Here’s Dedee with more from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

Lists For the End of the World is a show composed entirely of crowd-sourced lists, from all kinds of people in all kinds of places – including the audience as they queue up to take their seats. To date, over 200 people have contributed their lists to the show, with that number growing every week. Continue reading

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Otto & Astrid: Eurosmash! (Die Roten Punkte) August 6, 2017 Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Dedee is overseas, checking out this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She’ll be checking in with The 13th Floor to let us in on what’s happening. Here is her first report…

This show was recommended by a friend, and when I saw their picture, and the words ‘Berlin’s best comedy rock duo’, I knew I had to see it. They didn’t disappoint. They were so good I even bought a t-shirt. Continue reading

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The Mooncake and the Kumara – Loft, Q Theatre 28 June 2017

 

The Mooncake and the Kumara is a uniquely New Zealand story, set nearly ninety years ago in a market garden, where two families, one Maori and the other Chinese, become part of a romance that uproots their lives over generations. Continue reading

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Reb Fountain – Hopeful & Hopeless (Southbound)

 

As its title suggests, Hopeful/Hopeless is something of a tribute to those we’ve lost and those that remain.  ‘Death’ is a common but never mournful theme running through these five beautifully crafted songs.  This is also a fitting tribute to one of this country’s most innovative and supportive musicians, Sam Prebble. Continue reading

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Million Dollar Quartet – Civic Theatre June 9, 2017

 

Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony-nominated musical based on an impromptu jam session at Sun Studios in 1956 between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, opened its seven-day run at Auckland’s Civic Theatre last night. Continue reading

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Evan Dando- Baby I’m Bored: Reissue (Fire)

I largely tuned out of Evan Dando’s musical world as The Lemonheads career wound down and brought diminishing returns as the years passed by. As a result,  I completely missed this album first time round when it was first released in 2003.  I am excited to report that fourteen years on it sounds fresh, focused and fluid. Especially in a musical landscape cluttered with loops and beat drops. It sounds to my ears a bit of a lost classic. Continue reading

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Lovely Creatures – The Best Of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Mute/BMG)

If he wasn’t already legend enough, Lovely Creatures: The Best Of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds cements Nick Cave place in rock and roll history as the most exciting and most creative artist of the past thirty years. Continue reading

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Olive Copperbottom: A New Musical by Charles Dickens and Penny Ashton – Basement Studio April 18, 2017

 

The 13th Floor’s Dedee W checks out some theatre…

Last night was the debut performance of ‘Olive Copperbottom: A New Musical by Charles Dickens and Penny Ashton’, and I felt lucky to have witnessed it.

It was a sparkling and lively performance from talented performer Penny Ashton, with another of her brilliant one woman shows. It’s quite a feat to be on stage playing an array of characters – male, female, young and old, with a wide range of voices and accents, singing songs, dancing, or serenading us with a ukulele – for over an hour without a break. But being a seasoned pro, she makes it look easy.  Continue reading

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Lindi Ortega – Til The Goin’ Gets Gone (Shadowbox)

Lindi Ortega’s new EP Til the Goin’ Gets Gone features 3 originals and 1 cover- all of which will break your heart. Striking a beautiful balance between finding her own new voice and capitalizing on her classic country sound, this EP situates Ortega as an artist finding her place in her own musical world. Continue reading

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WOMAD 2017: Day 3 – Photos & Review

Here are The 13th Floor’s Tim Gruar with words and Michael Flynn with pictures to let you know how Day 3 of WOMAD 2017 went down…

Final day.  Sunday started a little later after a good sleep in.  It was a bit blustery overnight and there were initial concerns of high winds for the campsite but it all blew out by about 2AM and the calmness took over.  One of the great things about staying in the WOMAD tent city is the wonderful friends you meet.  My neighbours were from Waiheke Island and, on the other side, from Golden Bay.  I enjoyed a coffee with the Northern folk while enjoying a jam session from a group of musicians who’d set up an impromptu band.  Playing bongos, flute, guitars, a beatbox and ukes, this group, who’s all just met today, played some folk, country and Latin music to put us all in a good vibe.  It went well with the weather – cloudless and already 20 degrees by 10AM. Continue reading

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WOMAD 2017 – Day 1: Photos & Review

13th Floor ace photographer Michael Flynn is in New Plymouth and already he’s coming up with some stunning images from Day 1 of this year’s WOMAD Festival. Additionally, Tim Gruar is on the ground and reporting back with his reviews from each night. Here is Tim’s report from Day 1 followed by Michael’s photos.  Continue reading

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Mexrrissey – Spiegeltent March 16, 2017 Auckland Arts Festival

Mexrrissey, for those who aren’t familiar, play their own Mexican versions of songs by Morrissey and The Smiths. They hail from Mexico, and sing in Spanish. If you’re in any doubt as to how this might work, take a listen to their version of ‘Suedehead’ and you’ll get the idea. These aren’t just covers, they’ve been re-imagined and recreated into something that shows what true fans of Moz they really are. Continue reading

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Performance Salon – Basement Theatre February 28, 2017

Tuesday evening marked the opening night for the second week of The Basement Theatre’s Performance Salon. It showcased works by a number of young, up-and-coming performers working across various disciplines. The concept behind the Performance Salon seemed to be to create a testing ground for young creatives to evolve their works, while utilizing the energy, participation and observation of an audience to feed their development process. Continue reading

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The Nannas And The Poppas – Q Theatre February 21, 2017

The history of the Fringe Festival can be traced back to Edinburgh 1947, when eight theatre companies gatecrashed  the city’s inaugural International Culture Festival.

Since its naissance, the Fringe Festival ethos of expression, inclusion, and experimentation has made it a hotbed for amateur and professional creatives alike. Despite the “Fringe” tag, the festival has launched several notable careers including Monty Python, Stephen Fry, and the Mighty Boosh. Continue reading

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