Archived: Winter Season at the Basement

Winter 2017
1 June, 2017

Basement Theatre's winter programme has been revealed and it's packed with stellar shows challenging our perceptions of New Zealand, femininity, relationships and more. With hilarious comedies, gripping dramas, quirky musicals, and unique dance performances, there's something to suit all tastes.   

Here is our selection of must see shows.

Jingles - the Musical
6 - 17 June 2017, 8pm

Jingles - The Musical will thrill audiences with a reinterpretation of classic New Zealand ad melodies – telling a hilarious story of a small-town girl perched on the edge of stardom. The show features jingles from the best ads of the 80s and 90s, such as “You Can Tell a Wella Woman”, “Dancing the Columbine”, McDonalds’ “It’s Gonna be a Lovely Day”, and much more! 

Power Ballad
6 - 17 June 2017, 6.30pm

Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, deconstructing gendered linguistic histories and ripping apart language to find a new articulation of pleasure, anger and femaleness. 

If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming
8 - 10 and 15 - 17 June, 8.30​pm

If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution, I’m Not Coming is a rich contemporary performance collage of film scripts, pop songs, elaborate costumes, comedy, dance and live art, all stretched, teased, shattered and reassembled in order to challenge the treatment of women’s bodies in popular culture. 

Jekyll & Hyde
4 - 15 July, 8pm

Join the award-winning cast to hear the terrifying (yet still exceptionally sexy) tale of Jekyll & Hyde. Thrilling, charming, shockingly good comedy that will make you laugh until it hurts.

Poropiti
20 - 24 June​, various times

From critically acclaimed songwriter and performer Mara TK, and innovative theatre practitioner Tola Newbery comes a beautiful surrealist duet, a meditation on pre-European Aotearoa, the emergence of Māori prophetic movements and their fracture with modern day capitalist dystopia.

Thirsty
29 August – 2 September, 6.30pm

Thirsty's an Aukilani comedy that sneaks you into the cramped, sweaty clubs of Southside, exposes you in the WINZ queue, taps the fake love phonelines, and peers upon the privileged life of a jungle fevered Shoregirl.