Auckland Pride Review Project: Round-up #1

The first round-up of Tāmaki Makaurau’s 2023 Pride Festival - featuring coverage from local darlings Bad Apple, Theatre Scenes, Rat World Magazine.

Auckland Pride Review Project assemble! This project is a badass collaboration between The Pantograph Punch, Rat World, Bad Apple and Theatre Scenes – to bring you the phonkiest, phattest, sexiest writing in response to the spread of offerings for Tāmkai Makaurau’s 2023 Pride Festival. With diverse events across the city for the whole month of February - check out the full programme here!

Each week, we’ll round up the exquisite reviews/responses/whakaaro generated by the team of art writers! Remember to click on through to read the full response on each publication’s home-site. Also, join in on the conversation on social media! Without any more dilly dallying - here’s the first one!

She’s Crowning: Rebirth

She’s Crowning: Rebirth

Q Theatre: Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th

Have you ever wondered what goes on with the British royal family behind closed doors? What passion lies latent between Charles and his therapist? What do those D-list royals get up to when no one’s watching? And do they all love horses just a bit too much? Then get ready for the fast-paced, high-octane farce that is She’s Crowning: Rebirth.

“Wigs, costumes, phalluses, horses…What better way to kick off Auckland Pride 2023?”

Read Erin O’Flaherty’s review in full on Theatre Scenes.

“She’s Crowning: Rebirth is a riotous skit-fest of royal proportions that genuinely had me guffawing like a pompous old prick”

Read Alex de Vries' review in full on Rat World.

"It’s a rare partnership of deeply aligned sensibilities, compatible essences, and well-honed skill sets spread just right across a Venn diagram to make the overall product stronger."

Read Tate Fountain's in full on Bad Apple.


Ellen Melville Centre: 12pm Saturday 4th, 5pm Saturday 11th

Erin O’Flaherty attends the strange experiment in Freyberg Place, where participants select an emotion from a menu of six and sits opposite the performer, Hamish Annan.

“Access encourages us to remember the important things in life and challenges us to be authentically emotional no matter what space we are in.”

Read Erin O’Flaherty’s review in full on Theatre Scenes.

Lychee Baybee

Fashion Observations at Lychee Baybee

Phoenix Caberet: Friday 3rd

Angela Kong captures the unique, daring fashion from party-goers at iconic concept party LYCHEE BAYBEE, run by All My Friends - who hold an attentive focus on up-and-coming Queer, Asian and BIPOC creatives. Juicy fresh lychee-flavoured goodness to celebrate Lunar New Year and LGBTQI+ Pride in style!

“So happy to see people at Lychee Baybee combining their unique aesthetics with parts of their culture. I wish I had seen more of this growing up so I could’ve decorated myself without shame…”

Read Angela Kong’s response in full on Rat World.

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