: There's an all-star cast and crew behind Silo Theatre's latest provocative production, which takes audiences behind the walls of a New Zealand prison to meet the men who reside there and Miss Lucy who's determined to harness the power of Shakespeare and turn around the lives of those who are looking to improve their parole chances, kill some time or just kill. But when you disturb the natural order of things, you're in for a shock.
's Jarod Rawiri and Carrie Green play a collection of characters in this dark comedy written by Miriama McDowell, Rob Mokaraka and Jason Te Kare.
Cellfish, Rangatira at Q Theatre, until Sunday, June 24
ASB Waterfront Theatre
: From Russia with love? Chekhov's final masterpiece has been shifted from turn-of-the-19th century-Russia to Hawke's Bay in the 1970s to highlight the ways in which reactions to social change and upheaval really don't change from place to place and time to time. It's a tragi-comedy told by sad clowns, self-made men and strong-willed women.
The Cherry Orchard, ASB Waterfront Theatre, until Tuesday, June 26
: It's cold; it's raining. Working up the energy to get off the couch and leave the house can be tough but there's a winter welter of theatre, film, dance and music on this weekend starting tonight with a flick especially for art lovers. It's billed as "an exciting and unsettling cinematic journey through the life, work and torments" of Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio with "light and shadow, contrasts and contradictions, genius and intemperance". What's more it's filmed in Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples and Malta which are hot and sunny at the moment.
Art Lovers' Film Night: Caravaggio — The Soul and the Blood, Rialto Cinema, Tonight 6-7.45pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
: You'll find a Disco Inferno at the Aotea Centre tonight when the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is joined by singers Annie Crummer, Laughton Kora and Esther Stephens in one of the most feel-good orchestral performances of the year. Capturing the spirit of New York's legendary mirror-balled Studio 54, it's back to the era of boob tubes, hot pants and platform shoes to get on down to music by the likes of The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Jacksons and Earth, Wind & Fire.
APO Does Disco, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Tonight from 8pm
Mangere Arts Centre
: Now in its third year, the Pacific Dance Festival gets bigger and busier every year. That in itself shows the depth and breadth of fresh and diverse work being made by Pacific choreographers. Tonight, it's
, where hip hop, contemporary dance and theatre meld together to consider the single moments that can have a profound impact on our lives. On Friday and Saturday, Otara artist Aloali'i Tapu performs his dance-theatre work
— a coming-of-age story dedicated to Pacific youth.
Pacific Dance Festival, Mangere Arts Centre — Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, until June 23