Art and Stage

How good is the Everest movie?

Jason Clarke plays Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall in the movie Everest.

REVIEW: Based on the tragic 1996 disaster on Mt Everest this is epic cinema - entertaining and emotionally enervating.

Beach zone faces in arty quizz

Paul Johns comes face to face with his portrait, painted by Ina Ludick

New Brighton faces form the basis of a beachy quiz

Yin and Yang of musical theatre dancers

The musical comedy Spamalot is about to hit the stage at The Isaac Theatre Royal, featuring Ella Wilson and Warwick Shillito.

Two performers at different ends of their respective careers will hit the stage of this season’s production of Spamalot.

The Rubens jump through Hoops

Australian band The Rubens will support Imagine Dragons on their New Zealand tour in September.

The Rubens have released an album of timeless rock songs. They play here supporting Imagine Dragons next week.

Tim Finn's cloud shadows

Tim Finn presents his show White Cloud as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Tim Finn talks about his Irish mum, chasing white clouds and belonging, here.

Loons performers together again

Loons members Sophie Ewert, left, Skye Broberg, and Tom Trevella are reuniting for a Christchurch Arts Festival show.

 A new show created for the Christchurch Arts Festival is reuniting a local theatre company scattered to the world by the Canterbury earthquakes.

Pretty Ricky 'like Madonna'

Pretty Ricky performing in Christchurch on Saturday night.

Pretty Ricky promoter defends "on-stage sex show" saying it is no different to Madonna behaviour on stage.

Musical voyages with Ritmata

Simon Thacker chases a primal feeling when making music. "It's like a drug,'' the Scottish guitar virtuoso says. He is in New Zealand to perform Ritmata as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival

When Simon Thacker plays music, he is searching for something primal.

Shihad frontman Jon Toogood - new dad's solo tour

Shihad frontman Jon Toogood hits the road on a solo tour in October.

Shihad frontman Jon Toogood has been up all night but not because he's been partying.

Simply Red - holding back the years and touring again

Simply Red are touring New Zealand in February 2016.

Simply Red has announced a New Zealand tour in February.

Christchurch Spamalot a ‘world first’

The Wizard (Ian Brackenbury Channell) is the self-described "official Wizard of New Zealand". His role as historian in the Showbiz Christchurch production of Spamalot marks a world first.

Eric Idle, the original Monty Python member, and writer and of Spamalot, confirms that the inclusion of an ''actual wizard'' in the cast was a world first for Spamalot.

Footnote put best foot forward

Footnote celebrates its 30th anniversary with a wide ranging retrospective show.

Footnote celebrate 30th anniversary with wonderful retrospective show.

Kids wow at Cultural Festival

Oceana Olson doesn't let her crutches hinder her performance at the Christchurch Cultural Festival

Thousands of Canterbury school children gather to twirl poi, stamp feet and sing songs at a region-wide cultural festival.

Neil Finn announces solo shows

Neil Finn will sing songs from his extensive back catalogue on his upcoming solo shows.

Neil Finn has announced intimate solo shows with strings in Wellington and Christchurch.

Master potters and their ways with clay

Rick Rudd, Teapot 2 (Yellow).

Steve Fullmer, John Parker and Rick Rudd are senior New Zealand potters and between the three of them, have been exhibiting their work for more than 120 years to critical respect and acclaim.

Life in a Python-esque city

Are with living in Monty Python's paradise?

The Christchurch City Council designer who dreamt up the idea of siting four 8 metre high ‘‘navigation’’ structures around the CBD is obviously a fellow fan of Monty Python.

Review: MAMIL

MAMIL, starring Mark Hadlow, opened at the Court Theatre on Sunday night.

Mark Hadlow's funny one-man show is a fantastic showcase for the Christchurch actor's impressive skills.

Colourful labyrinth for central Christchurch

Arboaria will pop up in Cathedral Square as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

An inflatable artwork called Arboria will pop up near the former Post Office building in the southwestern corner of Cathedral Square as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Review: That Bloody Woman

Kate Sheppard rock opera That Bloody Woman had its world premiere in Christchurch on Friday night.

That Bloody Woman is a rock musical bursting with wit, charm, verve and righteous energy.

Art takes back the streets video

Performers at the opening of the arts festival in Christchurch on Friday night.

The Christchurch Arts Festival took back the streets for an official opening full of fire, singing, kapa haka and eels.

Eels take over bus interchange video

School girls react to performance artist Alex Rigg, of Eel Mother, who performed in the bus interchange on Friday morning as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Christchurch's new bus interchange filled with movement, sound and mischief as part of art festival.

Victor Rodger working on 'Christchurch Almighty' musical

Black Faggot, a play by Victor Rodger is on at the Christchurch Arts Festival on September 1 and 2.

Victor Rodger is bringing his play Black Faggot home to Christchurch and is working on a musical titled Christchurch Almighty.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream a ‘triumph’

Kohei Iwamoto dances in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream

It was an inspired move by former director, Ethan Stiefel, to invite outstanding young British choreographer, Liam Scartlett, to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Review: The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre opened at the Christchurch Arts Festival on Thursday night.

The Daisy Theatre is an act of magic. The cast is comprised of inanimate objects, but they come alive.

Singing suffragettes salute Sheppard

The cast of rock musical That Bloody Woman rehearse ahead of the world premiere on Friday night. Phoebe Hurst, left, Kyle Chuen, Ester Stephens, Geoffrey Dolan, Amy Straker and Cameron Douglas star in the show about suffragette Kate Sheppard.

A rock musical opening in Christchurch explores the life of Christchurch suffragette Kate Sheppard.

Arts festival brings city to life

The Christchurch Arts Festivals begins on Thursday night.

The opening weekend of the Christchurch Arts Festival brings marionettes, singing suffragettes and a dance party to the city.

Brian Jonestown Massacre tour

Brian Jonestown Massacre, led by Anton Newcombe, formed in San Francisco in 1990.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre have announced three New Zealand dates in November.

Redemption songs

Singing a new song, with The White Guitar, Scribe.

Scribe and his family boldly shine light on darkness and tell their family story in The White Guitar.

Children hit a Christchurch stage in song gallery

Miriam Geddes, 7, from Cashmere Primary School, with musician Nathan King.

 The Wigram Airforce Base was alive with the sound of music from hundreds of young Canterbury singers.

Bob's not your uncle

Lisa Walker, Anna’s Best Friend is Russian Bob’s Mother, Photograph courtesy of The National.

Self-expression informs the work of one of New Zealand's most influential contemporary jewellers, Lisa Walker.

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