Dealing with racism on a daily basis
In the bar at the Basement Theatre, there’s a corner that looks like nana’s lounge room: comfy chairs, a coffee table with a doily and dried flowers and old-fashioned art. READ MORE

Dual Identities in White/Other
Auckland-based actor Alice Canton is coming face-to-face with her Chinese and Pakeha identity in a solo show called White/ Other at The Basement Theatre by exploring that both sides of her bi-cultural identity at times feel alien and uncomfortable. READ MORE

White and Other. Otherwise unmatched pairs, colliding with resultant purging. What would it look like in a culture that didn’t have such a yawning divide between the two? READ MORE

Interview: Alice Canton
We talked to theatre-maker Alice Canton about what drives her to make work and her experiences as both a biracial person and a biracial theatre-maker, and how this informs the world of White/Other. READ MORE

More than Skin Deep
When asked whether she’d rather have fried chicken or fried rice Alice Canton replies, “Definitely fried chicken, but deep fried squid at yum cha takes it every time.” READ MORE

Contemporary Auckland play tackles everyday racism
An Auckland actor is hoping to combat institutionalised racism through her one-woman show. READ MORE

Interview: WHITE/OTHER
How would you describe the show in one sentence? A contemplative surreal show that softens a relentlessly inquisitive and analytic discourse around identity. READ MORE

Preview: White/Other
Next Tuesday marks the premiere of Alice Canton’s latest social commentary, White/Other, at Auckland’s The Basement Theatre. I sat down with Canton to discuss the content and context of her one-women show. READ MORE

We Need To Talk About Racial Identity
Following the success of her 2015 play Orangutan, actor-playwright Alice Canton is bringing Auckland more social commentary to ponder over. READ MORE


Smart Theatrics
As the audience enters, a blonde woman drums along to an instrumental loop from Bowie’s China Girl. READ MORE

Immense Promise
Let’s start at the end. There is a reason for this, in fact many reasons, but mostly because, as Jean-Luc Godard once said, “A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” READ MORE

White Noise
“I feel most coloured when I am thrown against a sharp white background” — Zora Neale Hurston READ MORE

Alice Canton is one of New Zealand’s strongest emerging artists, a graduate of Toi Whakaari, who has always been politically active in her work but who has, in her words, ‘inadvertently side-stepped making something about the Asian-New Zealand Experience.’  READ MORE

It is a sad and not very well-known fact that racism towards the Chinese is deeply entrenched in our national history. READ MORE