Day 5

Above: Collage of Robyn Paterson performing The South Afreakins on Wednesday. Photo: Tim Whittaker

Along with Rosheen's Hook review of Ann-Droid, Jenny Wake wrote about it for Theatreview: “That was magic,” says a small boy in the audience as the performers take a bow. “It really WAS magic!” he adds...

Anna Soutar saw Still Life with Chickens at the MTG:  "Although the hen is a puppet and the old man never emerges from the hedge, this play is a two-hander, Mama and Mo’a the chicken. Together they talk about old times, family scandals, unresolved bitternesses, and the everyday life of the washing and the garden. Mama calls over the fence to her palangi neighbours, keeping up pretences and hiding her tears."

Gemma Carroll was also there. Here's her Theatreview: "The unlikely friendship between the two is so sweet, we feel tears of joy by the end and, for some, a little lump in the throat, as the circle of life brings hope into the small backyard world of Mama’s garden."

And Jess writes about what could have been and what actually unfolded with the Shuffle Demons.

You were lucky Havelock, we could’ve been trouble.

"There’s real celebration in this music. Originals take serious contemporary concerns and jazz them up, literally. Public transport, mindless mass consumption, the beauty and diversity of our planet, are all swept up in a cacophonous carnival. All three sax players are deft and dynamic, and a joy to watch individually or as a duelling triumvirate."


And we have a Hawke's Bay slam poet: Theo d'Arbois du Jarboinville. Congratulations, Theo! A diverse, exuberant, lively audience; a range of clever poets, from 18 to 80 years of age (Go, Marie!); philosophy, politics, Havelock North and love (thanks Penny Ashton). Hugely entertaining, heaps of fun - one of our favourite festival events so far.


Fabulous review from Rosheen FitzGerald on this afternoon's performance of Ann-Droid.

"The wonders of Katalin Lengyel’s smart costume, lit up in all its glory, too, are captivating to behold. But the dance nerd in me can’t help but marvel at the spectrum of movement exhibited by Lengyel, the progression from jerky automaton on skates to twirling, flowing, fully-fleshed out human girl. By watching her take possession of her corporeal form, there is hope that she will inspire the girls in the audience, already on that journey, to grab the opportunity to be themselves with both hands and run with it."

It's all go at the Spiegeltent, with the Poetry Slam about to start in less than 4 minutes. So great to see the space filling with folk of all ages, from groovy young people, kids, parents, funky booksellers, bar owners and sagacious older poets.


Happy Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day! There's a heap of stuff on as part of the festival today, so where will you be? Readers & Writers kicks off its programme with two writing workshops in the Hastings City Art Gallery. We open the Spiegeltent to the curious for an hour, 11am-12 noon.

Ann-droid is on at the Blyth at 1pm - this is a jaw-dropping marvel of a show that's travelled all the way from Hungary to enthrall us. There are still tickets, do come. Here's a review from when it performed recently at the Nelson festival.

outstanding use of animation and technology... this is a performance that crosses boundaries. It is accessible to young and old and has no language barriers. (Theatreview)

Later you can travel, via music, to Spain, with Cuentos de Espana at 7pm (also in the Blyth). Ian wrote about yesterday's concert on The Hook: "The large crowd buzzes with delight as it exits, uplifted by the heartfelt passion for Spain that was shared this afternoon."

Check out Waiohiki Arts Village - one of our best-kept secrets, this creative arts community has so much to partake in over the following four days. Just turn up, any time, you'll be very welcome. This evening there's the Pryoclassic Fire & Clay Night - fire sculpture, kapa haka, peer into the raku kilns, firing clay creations at 1000 degrees! Book your hangi online (Facebook @waiohikiartsvillage).

If you haven't mosied into any of our art galleries recently, now's a good time. There are great exhibitions on in all of them, primed for this weekend. Arts Inc. Heretaunga has Wellesley Binding's In the Study - really worth seeing, says Gill.

Clever, witty and thought provoking, Binding’s visual stories create allurement that pulls you into his work.

Still Life with Chickens has arrived from Auckland to warm our hearts and tickle our fancies - this beguiling, very funny play, replete with chicken, will be on at MTG, Napier, 7.30pm. Tickets still available.

There's the Poetry Slam in the Spiegeltent at 6pm (just $18 for over 2 hours of fun with this intense word battle, where the audience gets to judge the winner and crown a regional champ).

We'll be pumped already before the Shuffle Demons (superheros of the jazz world) take us higher with their madcap, joyous chaos. Now this will be a way to get you started on your big weekend...



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