Aotearoa update from Edinburgh!
22 Aug 2014
New Zealand artists continue to thrill at the largest arts showcase in the world. As the Edinburgh Fringe rounded out its first fortnight, Lemi Ponifasio/MAU’s dramatic I AM was staged at the Edinburgh Playhouse and Michael Houston performed at the Queen’s Hall for the Edinburgh International Festival.
Here are some of the highlights from the last week:
- In this exclusive video for the Guardian, New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun introduces Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin – his piano suite dedicated to friends who were killed in the first world war. Houstoun performs the 5th movement from the suite, a minuet, dedicated to Jean Dreyfus.
- Four stars for Lemi Ponisafio/MAU’s IAM a proliferation of striking, unforgettable images The Scotsman
- Strange Resting Places is placed in the ‘Outstanding Show’ category of the Fringe Review I haven’t laughed so much for a long time – or been delighted, surprised and moved in equal measure. Heart-warming and unmissable.
- Matt Trueman's article in the Financial Times tackles the sensitive topic of colonialism and features an interview with On the Upside Down of the World's playwright, Arthur Meek.
- Generation of Z continues its run of great reviews: move over pommies, the Kiwis are here to show us how its done What's On Stage. Four stars
- And another here: should definitely be on your to-do list! The Sunday Post. Four stars
- Four stars for Back of the Bus strong dance technique, a range of props and a sense of mischief The Scotsman
- And four stars for Fanfiction Comedy may be one of the most silly, nerdy and hilarious hours I have ever spent Three Weeks
- The Pianist gets 5 stars and a Total Theatre Award nomination It would be no exaggeration to declare Thomas Monckton nothing short of a genius. For a single performer in what is essentially a one man show he’s impressively versatile, enigmatic and thoroughly entertaining
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