New Zealand theatre reviews, performace reviews and performing arts directory

Follow Theatreview
Follow Theatreview on Twitter


Created and Performed by Justin Haiu and Tama Jarman
Direction by Jarod Rawiri
presented by White Face Crew

[1 hour]

at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 28 Feb 2013 to 3 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Glen Pickering;


White Face Crew presents
Created and Performed by Justin Haiu and Tama Jarman
Direction by Jarod Rawiri

Hot on the heels of winning the Creative NZ Emerging Pacific Artist Award, Justin Haiu teams up with theatre compatriots Tama Jarman (The Arrival, Operation Overdue) and Jarod Rawiri (I, George Nepia, Harry) to wow Auckland audiences from 28 February – 3 March with their hot, hilarious and happening new White Face Crew  show La Vie Dans Une Marionette at the Basement Theatre.

Packed full of gags and hilarious moments La Vie Dans Une Marionette draws you into the epic world of a lonely pianist and the puppet he befriends. But unlike other puppets this one has a life of his own. And if the pianist can bring his puppet to life with live music, how far will he go to control life - and death?

The White Face Crew brings together the best elements of physical theatre, clowning, and contemporary and hip-hop dance styles. Chuck in improvisation, spontaneity and good old fashioned fun, and the White Face Crew create a dynamic production with charm and chic. And as the title suggests, it's a little bit French!

La Vie Dans Une Marionette won the Wild card Award at Short & Sweet Theatre 2010, and the White Face Crew continued their winning streak with the Supreme Award at Short & Sweet Dance 2012 for Double Derelicts. La Vie Dans Une Marionette comes back to life in 2013 as a full-length work for the Basement Theatre's Fringe Festival Programme.

The White Face Crew is Justin Haiu, Jarod Rawiri, and Tama Jarman. Justin Haiu shot to fame as runner-up on NZ's ‘So you think you can dance' in 2006, and has performed with NZ Dance Company, Black Grace and Red Leap Theatre. Jarod Rawiri is a 2011 Chapman Tripp award winning actor (I, George Nepia), a 2011 AFTA award nominee (Waitangi – What Really Happened), and performed in theatre productions The Arrival, Tu, and Flintlock Musket. Tama Jarman is an actor, writer and dancer and has worked with Red Leap Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company's Young & Hungry, and the Ugly Shakespeare Company.

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to
LA VIE DANS UNE MARIONETTE plays 28th February – 3rd March, 8:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: Adult $20, Child $10, Concession $15 Group $15
Bookings: iTicket - or ph (09) 361 1000