Set within a world of designer suits and ruthless deals, Silo Theatre’s season of the ferocious satire Boys Will Be Boys sees an all-female cast clawing their way to the top of the cut-throat finance industry from 08 – 24 September at Q Theatre.
Astrid is at the peak of her career as a currency trader, raking it in with the best of them. To stay on top, she’s had to tough it out with the men that dominate her industry. In Astrid’s mind, you have to take it like a man or you’ll be swallowed up. When a hungry new female intern comes along, Astrid attempts to mould her in her own image. Instead, she creates something far worse than the men she’s had to overcome — a woman who can beat her at her own game.
Commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company (premiering in 2015) and inspired by a conversation with former STC Artistic Director Cate Blanchett, Boys Will Be Boys is the latest script from Australian writer Melissa Bubnic, a Patrick White Playwrights Award winner in 2010 and a writer for the UK TV series Shameless.
This explosive new work can be described as The Wolf of Wall Street meets hit TV series UnReal with a healthy bump of cabaret and razor-sharp wit. Messing with a traditional cabaret style, Musical Director Leon Radojkovic (BREL, Live Live Cinema) will weave the sound design around bashed up reworkings of songs by 1950s and ‘60s icons Etta James, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee.
Boys Will Be Boys presents us with a deplorably entertaining view of the power struggles at the top, full of in-your-face dialogue and detestable behaviour. What does it mean for a woman to perform in this hyper-masculine world? And how do we judge those who succeed?
Silo Theatre’s Artistic Director Sophie Roberts (director of 2015’s The Book of Everything and The Events) will direct the five-strong cast of women in both male and female roles, further highlighting the double standards and inequality of our most “civilised” financial institutions.
Jennifer Ludlam (Shortland Street, The Blue Rose) dons the patriarchal role of Arthur, whose manipulative power play sees him presiding over the rest of the pack. Amanda Billing (The Book of Everything, Lysistrata, Shortland Street) takes on the polarising role of Astrid – a woman who is unapologetically smashing her fist through the glass ceiling. Whilst newcomer Vanessa Kumar, who recently toured New Zealand with Indian Ink Theatre Company’s The Elephant Thief, steps in as the fresh-faced, ambitious newcomer Priya. Completing the cast is Jodie Rimmer (Filthy Rich, In My Father’s Den) who makes her long awaited return to the Silo stage as the intelligent, sexy and headstrong Isabelle, and Luci Hare (Auckward Love, Lysistrata) in her Silo debut as trust fund baby, Harrison – Priya’s overly privileged rival.
In a global first, documentary maker, author and actor Ross Kemp will reveal the truth about how the extreme world works live on stage, delivering remarkable insights into the 73 documentaries that he has made with his team across the world in the last 15 years.
Bringing together some of the city’s most impressive minds, the Puāwai Festival returns to Auckland from Monday 27 November to Saturday 2 December to champion honest and authentic representation of HIV in Aotearoa. The week full of events is timed to honour World AIDS Day on December 1.
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!