Life of Galileo ~a theatre review

Director Colin McColl reminds us in his excellent programme notes that The Life of Galileo is “the Brecht play for people who don’t like Brecht.” I like Brecht and I like this play.I also like this production.I like most of it very much.  One of the most prolific theatre journeymen of the 20th century, it’s probably fair to […]

Blindness ~ a theatre review

Waituhi o Tāmaki  Auckland Writers Festival, in partnership with Auckland Live, presents the Donmar Warehouse production of BLINDNESS. A socially – distanced sound installation and immersive theatre experience direct from the UK. Voiced by Juliet Stevenson. 32 Performances: Tuesday 11 May – Sunday 16 May. Reviewed by Lexie Matheson Leaving the Concert Chamber of the Auckland […]

A Feminist Perspective: The 5th Wave

I was asked to write a piece for ‘Express’ newspaper for International Women’s Day on what feminism and the 5th Wave mean to me as a transgender woman. This is what I wrote: Talia Bettcher, in a moment of profound superficiality writes, in ‘Feminist Perspectives on Trans Issues’, that ‘the relationship between feminism and transgender […]

Too Much Monkey Business or Luke STFU

Yes, Luke, if you’re a blind, outdoor pétanque player and you want to know specifically whether you and your group can play your sport on the headland above Mairangi Bay on Mother’s Day even if it rains you might not find an exact answer to your question in the recommendations – but you will find […]

‘Ka Haka: Empowering Māori performance’

‘Ka Haka: Empowering Māori performance’ You can take the girl out of the theatre but not theatre out of the girl. ‘Ka Haka: Empowering Performance’ brought together academics and artists worldwide to explore the whakapapa stored within Māori performance, both traditional and avant-garde. I’m totally committed to a bicultural society, one enriched by ti tiriti […]

Down and Dirty with the Treaty

Down and Dirty with the Treaty Piki Diamond, AUT University Piki Diamond’s workshop Down and Dirty with the Treaty has had more impact on me as an educator than anything I’ve engaged with in the past 10 years, so much so that I have attended the session four times. It worked for me because of […]

‘Disobedient Thinking’

‘Disobedient Thinking’ Welby Ings, Auckland Town Hall Welby Ings ‘remains an outspoken critic of dehumanised and fragmented systems of learning.’ Me too. I had already connected with Ings as both artist and colleague when I experienced ‘Disobedient Thinking’. I felt him to be someone with whom I had a deep and intimate synergy. Both school […]

Mental Management Workshop: ‘Mind Your Head’

Mental Management Workshop: ‘Mind Your Head’ AUT University, August 2018 I presented ‘Mind Your Head: Improving sports performance through self-knowledge’, a discourse anchored in the notion that all sporting disciplines should be individualized, standards-based and values-driven at the AUT-hosted Mental Management Seminar ‘Mind Your Head’. Other presenters were: • Madonna Harris, Summer and Winter Olympics […]