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THE BASEMENT TAPES SEASON 4: AUCKLAND

Monday, March 26th, 2018

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It’s always a pleasure putting on this show, and it’s even better getting to go on tour with the co-creators!! The Auckland season starts tonight at Basement Theatre. Attend at will!

★★★★1/2 – Melbourne Age
★★★★1/2 – Sydney Morning Herald

“Totally engaging. A must-see production” – Ewen Coleman, Stuff.co.nz

“Eerie, thrilling and totally engrossing” – Theatreview

“Winner of Director of the Year (Jane Yonge) and nominated for both Production of the Year and Outstanding Performer of the Year (Stella Reid) at the 2017 Wellington Theatre Awards, The Basement Tapes makes its way to Basement Theatre following two sell-out seasons in Wellington and a critically acclaimed stint at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Following her Grandmother’s death, a girl faces the overwhelming task of clearing out the basement. She discovers a series of tapes with recordings made by her Grandmother. However, as the girl hears these tapes for the first time, things start to unravel as waves of secrets and memories are confessed. But is the Grandmother a reliable narrator? Is the girl any more trustworthy?

Inspired by podcasts and Canadian theatre-maker Robert Lepage’s comment that radio is the most visual medium, this part audio work, part live performance brings the past into the present through mixed media. As the granddaughter hears these tapes for the first time, both audience and performer fight not to drown among the waves of secrets and memories in the basement.”

Winner: Outstanding Performance – Stella Reid (NZ Fringe Festival 2017)
Winner: Director of the Year – Jane Yonge (Wellington Theatre Awards 2017)
Winner: Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award (NZ Fringe Festival 2017)

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SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #4

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

THE CONVOY… BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS YET

THE CONVOY are playing a festival at this amazing spot in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne this weekend!

We got a chance to check the place out a few weeks ago – here’s some pics & further info:

Birdsland is a 75 hectare bushland reserve supporting native birds and plants. It’s also home to the Southern Dandenong Community Nursery and some community buildings & gardens.


The festival, HILLSCENELIVE, is “dedicated to supporting artists who take juicy risks, ask big questions, and make bold statements with their work”. Across the weekend it will feature an epic variety of sound, art, dialogue & workshops based around the theme ‘Because we don’t know what it is yet’… check the full schedule on their website.

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SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #3

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

THE MAKE IT UP CLUB

This week I went to the long-running improvised sound night, the Make It Up Club, at Bar Open. It’s been running every Tuesday for almost 20 years!!! Saw a couple bands with great names – INTRINSIC LIGHT, and SACRED ORDER OF MAGNITUDE – the latter pictured here:

Sacred Order of Magnitude

SHOW TONIGHT! I.RYOKO, THE CONVOY & DOWSER

There’ll be tourist photos galore in the next week or so but today I’ve been preparing for the fast-approaching show, at The Toff in Town TONIGHT! (Thursday) > Tickets here!!! < Please tell all your sound-loving Melbourne pals : )

THE CONVOY

THE CONVOY got a review of their album, ‘Heh’, on Echoes and Dust this week that said of their music: “It’s such a gorgeous embrace of all living things happening around us. With soundscapes that drone into infinity and elements that engage you. I can’t stress this enough, this is the music everyone needs in their lives.” (-Anthony Cooley)

It’s good advice. I certainly felt better after being treated to some deeeeeep sonics from these two! Here’s Matt & Erin troubleshooting a squeely tape machine a couple nights ago:

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SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #2

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Gonna be posting mostly photos here, beginning with the obligatory plane shots departing NZ:

Marlborough Sounds, NZ

From here it’s all Melbourne. Every night before the show we’d have to hang in the alleyway outside the venue waiting for the other show to finish. One night I struck up a conversation outside with the venue manager who thought I was a homeless guy and asked if I was sleeping rough! Fair call.

This is Stella ‘the grand-daughter’ and Joe ‘the pizza guy’ listening to Arj Barker‘s set from the cheap seats outside the Lithuanian Club:

Jason ‘the lighting designer’ and Joe on their 21st Century anti-boredom inputs

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SONNY CRICKLE’S 2017 MELBOURNE BLOG #1

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Posted by Thomas Lambert

Two weeks in Australia has flown by in what feels like no time at all and the Melbourne Fringe season of The Basement Tapes is now complete!

Stella Reid in The Basement Tapes
Stella Reid in The Basement Tapes, Arts House Warehouse

We had a great response from audiences here, receiving a nomination for best performance at the festival, moving numerous people to tears and scaring many more!

As one reviewer put it, “the story really burrows its way into your mind and then begins to play tricks on you in a truly terrifying theatrical experience.“ Another called it “an intriguing – at times, frightening – piece of theatre that’s expertly delivered.”

A huge thankyou to everyone who has supported this project – and to Stella Reid, Jason Longstaff, Jane Yonge and Joe Wright for being the coolest colleagues and travel buddies!

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Stella’s preshow warmup

I’m lucky to be hanging back for another couple weeks to play some shows (as I.Ryoko) and immerse myself in the incredible space that is Magnet.

More to follow!

A LAST-MINUTE PLEA TO APATHETIC VOTERS…

Friday, March 18th, 2016

WHY WE SHOULD KEEP OUR SHITTY FLAG FOR NOW

by Patchy Drizzle

Basically the choice we have been left with is whether or not to remove a symbol of our colonial ties and replace it with the logo of a sports team. It’s a decision that inspires in me nothing but indifference and boredom. But that’s no reason not to vote in the referendum!


The pro-change campaign ad raises some valid points, such as “the flag should reflect the vibrancy and interesting nature of the people that we are” (Gary McCormick) and “I don’t want my three grandchildren to grow up under a colonial symbol” (Dame Jenny Shipley). I agree we should change it, but not yet, not like this.

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