Review – The Mourning After

Review: The Mourning After
Where: Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD

This is a heart-warming story of a young boy who returns to his family’s home town in Sri Lanka many years after the devastating Tsunami to fulfil his father’s last wishes. This passionate piece of theatre is brought to us by the honest writing of Ahi Karunaharan and the directing of Padma Akula as a part of the Prayas Theatre.

Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the expatriate Shekar (Shaan Kesha) is met by his father’s extended family, a loving Uncle Somu (Mustaq Missouri) and a naïve boy named Raju (Ravi Gurunathan) who suffers from a touch of ADD and PTSD, and his loving leathery lizard friend the Kabaragoya (Anjula Prakash) who was convincingly played by a human. As Shekar’s journey of self-discovery to find closure, he finds himself stuck in the middle of a long familial dispute that his father left behind to come to New Zealand.

There were many bright shining moments in this play, but the overall praise has to go to the whole cast and the director. I could go on and on about the convincingly emotive performances of each person but everyone stood out on their own accord. In particular I have to praise Gurunathan for his portrayal of Raju – perfectly capturing the naivety of someone filled with unprovoked optimism from trusting his culture, heritage, and family. He brought constant laughter to the audience, and still managed to charismatically and passionately explore themes of love, loss, and vulnerability.

The wonderful use of set and space is also something to give credit to. However there were a couple of sound issues where the backing track sometimes masked the dialogue into mumbles. Despite this, the magic of the story is upheld by an outstanding cast, direction and writing – and this is definitely a piece of gem that you do not want to miss out on. This showcased a lot of the up and coming young talents and sure will be keeping an eye out for other productions from the Prayas Theatre.

The Mourning After plays from 30th June to 3rd July starting at 8pm at the Basement Theatre, you can buy tickets through HERE starting from $20.

iHeart Radio announces free music gigs at Kings Arms for Feb

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IHEARTRADIO NZ PRESENTS – FREE IN FEB: Eight Kiwi bands over four nights at The Kings Arms, Auckland


iHeartRadio New Zealand is getting amongst the New Zealand music scene, together with 2degrees and Radio Hauraki. ‘Free in Feb’ celebrates the best in New Zealand indie rock’n’roll.

IHEARTGIGSiHeartRadio NZ will host four insane nights of free Kiwi rock music in February at Auckland’s home of rock’n’roll – The Kings Arms. There won’t be any tickets on sale so music fans will need to head to to register for free tickets.

The first show will kick off with legendary rock band Cairo Knife Fight – a must see live act of power and excitement, who are pushing the limits of what two musicians can do on one stage. Kitsch will join them on stage to play material from their latest album Plastic Lives, alongside all their pop-punk classics we know and love.

Four-piece rock band Clap Clap Riot will bring an energetic performance to the stage on the second night, performing hits from their second album Nobody/Everybody in 2014. They will be joined by indie charmers Cut Off Your Hands, who are flying singer Nick over from Melbourne for your listening pleasure.

Song writer, producer and artist Alexander Wildwood will bring an eclectic sound to the stage on the third night with his indie/rock/folk music. The warm, distorted sound of She’s So Rad will also grace The Kings Arms following the release of their latest single Cool It and in anticipation of the rest of the album Tango set for release in 2015.

The last night plays host to psychedelic, power pop quartet Dictaphone Blues who will be performing their indie guitar hit Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave amongst others. Kiwi rock favourites Goodshirt will be drawing the series to a close with all your favourite songs as well as their latest creation ‘Sierra Leone’ – a cover of the 1983 kiwi pop classic.

iHeartRadio NZ presents Four Free shows with Eight Kiwi Bands at The Kings Arms, Auckland

Wednesday 4th February: Kitsch and Cairo Knife Fight
Wednesday 11th February: Clap Clap Riot and Cut Off Your Hands
Wednesday 18th February: Alexander Wildwood and She’s So Rad
Wednesday 25th February: Dictaphone Blues and Goodshirt

Doors Open 7.00pm with all your favourite Hauraki DJ’s playing before and after the bands.

Register at
for your chance to win tickets!

PODCAST: Chris Parker and Thomas Sainsbury talk about the Christmas special at Auckland’s Basement Theatre


Grab a cocktail, slop on ya SPF50, slap on ya boat shoes and take a Christmas Cruise with the A-list of Auckland society…

It’s the party of the year! But when the yacht’s billionaire skipper is harpooned by an anonymous assailant, things quickly turn from a who’s who to a whodunit. With a boat full of fame-hungry guests, and red herrings around every corner, it’s all starting to smell rather fishy – and we’re not talking about the seafood buffet. How far will Sally go for a return season of The Ridges? Is there more to Kiri Te Kanawa’s feud with Hayley Westenra? Are cracks beginning to show in Jason Gunn and Thingee’s “relationship”?

Help our hapless heroes, Chris and Tom as they try to unravel the biggest New Zealand scandal since the death of Dr Sarah Potts.


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Starring Chris Parker and Tom Sainsbury and a huge revolving cast of stars from the stage and screen (and our hearts).

Written by: Chris Parker and Thomas Sainsbury.

Directed by Rachel House.

Our HUGE guest celebrity cast includes:

Amanda Billing – Michael Hurst – Siobhan Marshall – Jennifer Ward-Lealand – Jesse Griffin – Oliver Driver – Nic Sampson – Antonia Prebble – Guy Montgomery – Rose Matafeo – Kimberley Crossman – Kate Elliott – Eli Matthewson – Barnie Duncan – Michelle Blundell – Leon Wadham – Chelsea McEwan Miller – Jordan Mooney – Zinnie Selwyn – Ravi Gurunathan – Mike Edward – Ryan Richards – Joseph Moore – Cameron Rhodes – Saraid Cameron – Bryony Skillington – Bree Peters – Sam Snedden – Jess Holly Bates – Shavaughn Ruakere – Hamish Parkinson – Calum Gittins – Renee Lyons – Eddy Dever – Barnaby Frederic – Rhys Mathewson – Donna Brookbanks – Hans Fa’avae – Olivia Tennet – Amanda Tito – Kate Simmonds – Nicola Kawana – Fasitua Amosa – Miriama McDowell – Laura Daniel – Harry McNaughton – Lana Garland – Jonny Brugh – Luanne Gordon. And more!

Podcast: Max Currie talks about his new film ‘Everything We Loved’

Everything We Loved – Trailer from 4K Film on Vimeo.

A shy magician coaxes his broken wife back to life with his greatest, and most dangerous, illusion – a little boy.

In the latest Dan News Podcast, Dan talks to Max Currie about his new film ‘Everything We Loved’

The first film to be released in theatres, online and on-board long haul flights at the same time.

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Lorde to Kyle Sandilands: “Is there something wrong with lesbians?” (Audio)


Lorde was a guest on Kyle’s radio show in Australia. When asked if she would be bringing her “new bestie” Taylor Swift to Australia things got a little interesting.

You go Lorde!

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VIDEO: Who was Josh chasing before he was after Roimata?

Check out Chris Tempest before he made the move to Ferndale in this cute short film by kiwi film maker, Christopher Banks.

Earnest, London-born Tony has flown 10,000 miles to visit his ex-boyfriend in rural New Zealand. He had no way of knowing this trip would change his life forever…

Follow Tony’s journey in TEDDY, the critically-acclaimed story of two men and a bear, which has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Now, the award-winning TEDDY is yours to own on DVD!

Visit to order your copy today!