Today in New Zealand International Arts Festival history: Gilberto Gil (2004), Battalion (2006) & Apollo 13 (2010)
Three shows today - well, actually, four really! From 2004 we've got both Gilberto Gil at the Events Centre, and a late-night set at the Festival Club (but I'm not sure who the band was that night, I was flying past on my way to the car ten years ago!).
Jumping to 2006, a couple of images from Jim Moriarty's production of Battalion, with my friend Maaka Pohatu and a cast of young actors - though I guess they're not as young now, thinking about it...we'll see more of Maaka in a couple of weeks, though. (Lovely guy - some people might recognise him from Rob Sarkies' film Two Little Boys, too!)
Apollo 13: Mission Control (to give its full title) was a great show, that really took over Downstage in a way that not many do. An audience volunteer was taken each night to be in the space capsule while the rest staffed the operations desks at mission control; meanwhile in one of the dressing rooms was a TV studio, where 'Walter Cronkite' gave regular updates throughout the night.
It's continued to tour since then (in fact, it started a year or two earlier at Bats Theatre across the road, which is where I first saw it), including playing the US - amazing to think a bunch of Kiwis could take a show about NASA back to the country it came from, and I'm pretty sure some original astronauts came to see it, too!