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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