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14 Brilliant Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
14th Sep 2017

14 Brilliant Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

As spring slowly starts to show its face, we’re seeing flowers bloom and the weather getting (slowly but surely!) warmer. In light of this, it’s clear Auckland is turning up the heat, too—this weekend is allll about cabaret, baby! It’s the start of Auckland Live’s International Cabaret Season, meaning big voices, big laughs and of course, even bigger wigs.

If that’s not your jam, not to worry—this weekend is still packed with countdown-worthy events like Cirque du Soleil, the largest theatrical producer in the world, is back in town with a brand spanking new show. That’s not all, ‘cause there’s fashion, food and spoken poetry all ready and waiting for an insane weekend ahead!

All Weekend

Auckland Live International Cabaret Season

Dial up the glitz and the glamour as Auckland Live unleashes a suite of international and local cabaret provocateurs and cultural icons across the city during the International Cabaret Season. It’s gettin’ hot in Auckland City, as the Town Hall, Basement Theatre and Q Theatre get poised for non-stop scandal from the disco divas, glamour animals and red-hot rock opera stars. Fall head over heels and go a little bit wild during this steamy eighteen days of fun, as it kicks off this weekend—get in quick!

Where: Various locations, Auckland CBD
When: Thursday 14 September—Sunday 1 October
For more info, click here.

Boy Afraid

Kiwi boys are taught to be fearless, confident, strong and never, ever afraid. Men are rocks, and rocks never crack, right? Rocks do crack and men are afraid, but “man up” sometimes is the most common answer to masculinity in pain. This rhetoric isn’t helping anyone, and it’s time to change that. Let The Acting Collective take you on a journey into the inner monologuesof men and women dealing with the mask of masculinity, vulnerability, weakness and emotions, and its effect on their relationships, family and themselves for a truly eye-opening night in this emotionally rich performance.

Where: Albion Hotel, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 15 September—Sunday 17 September, 8:30pm—9:30pm
For more info, click here

Matilda the Musical

This multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl will be sure to blow you away. This story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand to change her own destiny, is a winner of over 70 international awards and is on a strictly limited season in Auckland, so get in quick!

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 8 September—Sunday 22 October
For more info, click here.

Cirque Du Soleil: Toruk—The First Flight

The circus legends are back and you’re not going to want to miss this one! Whether its your first Cirque experience or your fifth, see the stunning show in a new light. Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, Toruk will transport you to the world of Pandora as it comes to life. You will journey through a storytelling odyssey in a world of imagination, discovery and possibility. Cutting edge visuals, puppetry, stagecraft and an epic cinematic score will have you on the edge of your seats at this beautiful circus reimagined.

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 15 September—Sunday 24 September
For more info, click here.

Friday 15 September

A Streetcar Named Desire

This is the jewel in Silo Theatre’s 20th birthday crown! One of the most celebrated plays of the 20th Century, whether it's your first or fiftieth time, you best go see it! A contemporary take on Tennessee Williams’ devastating masterpiece, the violent portrayal of femininity, masculinity and sexuality still feels powerful in its exploration of desire and domestic brutality.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 8 September—Saturday 16 September
For more info, click here

Miss Frisky’s Karaoke Experience

Miss Frisky is back for another wild world premiere! Renowned as one of the biggest voices in the international cabaret scene, Miss Frisky has strut her stuff in front of audiences from London’s West End to the Sydney Opera House, and now she’s gracing us at the well-loved Basement Theatre. Hold onto your seats for an evenining of karaoke cabaret nonsense, vocal pyrotechnicals and riotous fun! As part of the International Cabaret Season from Auckland Live, a word to the wise is this is a karaoke show… Miss Frisky Style. You might choose the music but there’s no guarantee you’ll get to sing, there’s a cabaret diva in the house!

Where: The Basement, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 15 September—Saturday 16 September, 8pm
For more info, click here

MitoQ Fashion At The Park

An evening of glamour, mouth-watering food and harness racing in support of the Cancer Society. Wine and dine at the races for a luxurious night out, and see some of the latest collections from leading New Zealand designers, including Andrea Moore, I AM, Sabatini and Danielle Power-Silk. There are some phenomenal items up for auction with all proceeds going to the Cancer Society, and $20 of your ticket goes straight to this incredibly worthy cause! Your ticket also includes a three-course meal, glass of bubbles on arrival, and a goodie bag with treats from Elizabeth Arden, Whittakers, Tom and Luke and so many more!

Where: Alexandra Park Raceway, Epsom
When: Friday 15 September, 5:30pm—10:30pm
For more info, click here

Romeo and Juliet

Think you’ve seen every take of this classic tradegy ever? Think again. Dig out your blackest eyeliner, straighten that fringe and witness tha Bard’s most famous tragedy set to a pop-punk playlist. Who knows—it might even hit you with a pang of nostalgia from that-phase-that-shall-not-be-named? Equipped with all of the teenage angst you could imagine, Romeo and Juliet go on a rampage of teenage rebellion we’re all too familiar with… riiight until their story is cut short to a tragic end. Broken Quill Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet like we never knew we needed!

Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna
When: Friday 15 September—Saturday 16 September
For more info, click here


We’re all too familiar with that Aunt that everyone has… this is it. On steriods. Winner of Best Comedy at the Auckland Fringe 2017, this laugh-out-loud, tears down your face comedy is back and way, way more outrageous than ever. Johanna Cosgrove returns to The Basement with this award-winning solo performance of the family reunion you never knew you wanted or needed. A homage to the Aunties we love, and love to hate, this will speak to you and if it doesn’t—maybe you’re that Aunty? #justsayin’

Where: The Basement, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 15 September—Saturday 16 September, 6:30pm—7:30pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 16 September

Tasting Words

Collaboration between food and words like you’ve never seen it! A spoken word, poetry and food walk along Great North Road hosts six poets sharing their poetry, and restaurants sharing their food. Let the street speak to your belly and hear words that stir the mind. Indulge in iconic Mr Zhous dumplings while attending to Renee Liang’s new poem, warm your mouth with a laksa from Noodle House as Vanessa Crofskey tells you a little story with a big heart, and listen to Mustaq Missouri share his wisdom over falafel at Paashas.

Where: Great North Road, New Lynn
When: Saturday 16 September, 2pm—4pm
For more info, click here

Don’t Give Up Your Right To Vote: Pre-Election Celebration

An important time in New Zealand’s future is coming up, and one week out of the big day, The Refreshment Room are here to celebrate! The lively rock ‘n’ rolling five-piece dance band The Rob Roy Band are playing their hearts out, and free finger food will be provided to keep you fuelled! This is an all-ages, free ticketed event, so make sure you register and get ready to par-tay as we head into a very important week!

Where: The Refreshment Room, Titirangi
When: Saturday 16 September, 8pm—11pm
For more info, click here.

Play On

Dine on a sumptuous feast of music and poetry, in this musical reimaginig of Shakespeare’s great soliloquies. Celebrate the timelessness of The Bard set to contemporary music—it won’t be anything like you studied in high school, that’s for sure! As part of Auckland Live’s International Cabaret Season, this show promises to delight and awaken your senses. If you can’t make Saturdays, not to worry—there’s an easy Sunday afternoon matinee for your viewing pleasure.

Where: Auckland Town Hall, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 16 September—Sunday 17 September
For more info, click here.

Sunday 17 September

Dinner And A Show With Boh Runga

This is one unmissable dinner like no other! Get cosy in Ostro’s new dining room and spend your Sunday with amazing food and equally amazing live music. Enjoy an exclusive three-course menu created by Executive Chef Josh Emmett and Ostro Chef Daniel Na, accompanied with Puhoi Valley Cheese, Mt Difficulty wines and the inimitable voice of Boh Runga for a Sunday dinner like no other.

Where: Ostro, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 17 September, 6:30pm—10pm
For more info, click here


Berlin’s glamour animal Sven Ratzke takes ahold of the stage as Starman, in this wild ride through the chaotic clubs of Berlin, the rooftop of the Chelsea Hotel, a limousine ride with Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor’s mansion for an adventure to remember. The iconic and endlessly loved music of legend David Bowie is reimagined in this raucous yet beautifully intimate reinterpretation and homage to Bowie’s greatest hits including Starman, Rebel Rebel, Life on Mars and Space Oddity.

Where: Auckland Town Hall, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 17 September, 7:30pm
For more info, click here.

Image Credit: TORUK - The First Flight

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