Standing Room Only (RNZ)
The Suitcase Royale
A chat to two thirds of Aussie trio The Suitcase Royale, who describe their style as "junkyard theatre". After 12 years of international touring and success, they're finally bringing their musical show, The Ballad of Backbone Joe, to New Zealand.
Poet Louise Wallace
Louise Wallace, who's never lost for words, remembers how Alzheimer's affected her grandmother in her new collection, Enough.
Eyes of Madness
The reasons why people leave their homelands and migrate are considered in David Cole's novel Eyes of Madness.
Musician and audio visual artist Tim Gruchy
Tim Gruchy creates projections for big events, like art installations, music concerts and even opera. In fact he's the visual designer for Ainadamar, the New Zealand Festival's big opera for 2014. He explains why he loves new technology while never...
Summer Star Trek
Trekky heaven, as a whole new generation discover the delights of the original Star Trek series. Director of Summer Star Trek Shannon Friday talks about choosing an episode to put on stage, transgender casting and why the original series still rocks.
Art Beat and Art Box
Two projects have combined forces to bring artists back into the centre of Christchurch. Art Beat is a three month music, performance, exhibition and graffiti art initiative at Re:START in Cashel Mall, while ArtBox and its sister programme BeatBox...
The Dead Lands
Filmmaker Toa Fraser on his new Māori feature film The Dead Lands, and on directing the late Sir Peter O'Toole in Dean Spanley.
Theatrical producer Melanie Hamilton
What does it take to get a show up on stage? Freelance theatrical producer Melanie Hamilton has been in the business for a long time now. Her latest project is Ross McCormack's new dance work Age, commissioned for the New Zealand Arts Festival in...
Life & Customs
Cantabrian Bernadette Hall publishes her latest poetry collection, Life & Customs (VUP).
Give Us This Day: a memoir of family and exile
A memoir of a family of Polish migrants who came to New Zealand in 1944 scoops a major literary prize for Helena Wisniewska Brow winner of the 2013 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing.
Print maker Barry Cleavin
Barry Cleavin's sense of irony has been lost on some over the last five decades, but appreciated by many more. Melinda Johnston joins him in a conversation about his life's work, having just published a comprehensive book about him - Lateral...
Composer, sound designer and photographer Tim Prebble
Tim Prebble has spent the last two months holed up in Little Huia in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. He's the artist in residence at Barr Cottage, creating works from thousands of photos of the beach and hours of field recordings of native...
The Film Awards
Simon swaps opinions with reviewers Dan Slevin from Nine to Noon and to the Listener's Helene Wong.
Homegrown TV Drama
The big news has been the axing of a number of prime-time New Zealand TV series. So is this the end of TV drama, or just the end of that sort of TV drama? This week we speak to the CEO of New Zealand On Air, Jane Wrightson (right) and to the...
Lyricist and singer Martyn Jacques
The falsetto behind The British cult cabaret trio, The Tiger Lillies, which is bringing its macabre rendition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to New Zealand for the Arts Festival next year. We hear from lyricist and singer with a distinctive...
Janet Frame - The Mijo Tree
Pamela Gordon talks about the final posthumous publication from the estate of her aunt, Janet Frame - The Mijo Tree (published by Penguin).
Fergus Barrowman, the editor of the threatened literary journal Sport tells us what the future holds for it, now Creative New Zealand has cut its funding.
Samoan harpist Natalia Mann
Natalia Mann has returned home to New Zealand after living first in Australia then in Turkey….she started playing the harp when she was just four and says there is no music genre the harp can't tackle.
Fashion photographer David Bailey
David Bailey said he was in the business of 'selling dreams, not clothes'. How his designers felt about this approach to priorities is not recorded. That tension between competing art forms is on show in a new exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial...
Homemade TV drama gets the chop
All last year's homemade TV drama hits - Go Girls, Nothing Trivial and The Almighty Johnsons - are getting the chop. We find out what's going on - is it the end of an era, or just the usual TV turnover?
- Wellington, New Zealand