Standing Room Only (RNZ)
Rising From the Ashes: Lttl Phnx
Lucy Beeler A.K.A Lttl Phnx makes sweet, electro, synth-pop from a tiny bedroom in a Mount Victoria flat in Wellington. Sitting on her bed she pulls out a midi keyboard and confesses that all of her recordings are produced in her compact room: "...
Death and Forgiveness
Jindra Tichá moved to New Zealand from the Czech Republic, and she's incorporated both countries in her novel, Death and Forgiveness. In it, Anna and her husband flee the turmoil in Czechoslovakia in 1968 to make a new home in New Zealand. This is...
Artist Candice Breitz makes video art encouraging us to ask ourselves some hard questions, particularly how we're influenced by popular culture. She's filmed Michael Jackson fans re-performing his Thriller tracks in their own way, she's explored the...
Painting conservators not only restore paintings to their initial splendour. There's often a huge amount of detective work involved as well. That's certainly the case at Te Papa, where conservator Linda Waters has been working on a painting by...
Adam Play Awards
Two of the big winners of this year's Adam Play Awards.
Texan radio drama revivalists
Roving producer Shaun D Wilson is in Texas at South by Southwest and has discovered a group of radio drama revivalists. They want to bring back an artform that diminished after America's Golden Age of Radio in the early to mid-twentieth century due to...
Author Karen Breen
Auckland novelist Karen Breen has released her debut novel Sleep Sister which addresses how a death impacts family dynamics. We meet sisters Gilly and Marina who have very different personalities and a difficult mother. When they end up with a...
Hiraani Himona is a New Zealander who has most recently been deputy director of the South London Gallery and she started at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts at the beginning of March. Justin Gregory went to meet her and discovered she has a surprising...
Letters From The Front
Michael Williams is a Waikato-based composer who has been working on writing Letters From The Front, which is his first symphony. He matches letters from the First World War with musical movements and it will debut in April to coincide with ANZAC Day...
Elric Hooper is a recognisable face in Christchurch Theatre both on and off stage. He spent his early years with Dame Ngaio Marsh, the influential woman for whom the theatre at The University of Canterbury was named after. The theatre was damaged...
Hank Marvin and Gypsy Jazz
Hank Marvin was arguably the first true British guitar hero. He was famous for his band The Shadows and his distinctive guitar playing. He's in New Zealand with his band Gypsy Jazz at the Christchurch Jazz Festival. [topic] arts, music
Farewelling Terry Pratchett
Fantasy writer and satirist Terry Pratchett created The Discworld, a place where millions of readers have lingered with his many wonderfully flawed characters. Few writers have 70 books to their name. Death came for Sir Terry on Friday. Simon Morris...
Kiwi Eleanor Bishop bases her new show on a notorious rape that was revealed to the victim via tweets. Eleanor is studying directing in America on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama in Pittsburgh. For...
Author interview - Tanya Moir
Tanya Moir talks about her 12-year-old protagonist Winstone, who escapes his dire home and school life to seek sanctuary in the wilderness of Central Otago. The Legend of Winstone Blackhat is published by Vintage. [topic] arts
Clowning about with Thomas Monckton
Thomas Monckton likes to make people laugh. With an untamed mop of wild, red hair he embodies characters of the slightly crazed, and eccentric. Notwithstanding his current, touring solo show in which he plays a concert pianist whose dishevelled mane...
Thomas Monckton likes to make people laugh
Last year, The Pianist won the 2014 Total Theatre Award for Best Circus Show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is a production that has seen Thomas Monckton travel between New Zealand and Europe, collaborating alongside Finnish Company, Circo...
Francis Gallop is a designer and occasional writer and director based in Edinburgh - though right now, he's working with design students at Toi Whakaari NZ Drama school on a film-based project. He's a champion of new writing and site specific...
The War Play
Phil Braithwaite the great nephew of executed then pardoned First World War soldier Jack Braithwaite, turns his story into a stage play - The War Play at the Fortune Theatre. [topic] arts
Recycling silver jewellery
Jeweller and environmentalist Fran Carter plans to turn people's unfashionable unwanted sterling silver jewellery into contemporary works of art. To donate, email Fran or pop into Toi Poneke, 61 Able Smith St in Wellington. [topic] arts
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