Monday, June 23, 2008
HANSEL AND GRETEL
NBR New Zealand Opera opens its New Zealand touring production of Hansel & Gretel in Kerikeri on June 29 and then is touring nationally until August 13. For itinerary details go to the opera company's website here.
In the NZ Listener this week, June 28-July 4, there is a most interesting three page interview with Hansel & Gretel's director, the talented and ubiqitous Michael Hurst, (where does he find the time & the energy for all that he does?!), by Guy Somerset. And some truly stunning photos of Hurst byJane Ussher.
Worth buying the Listener for this story alone but for booklovers there is also a two page piece on Montana fiction finalist Alice Tawhai (Luminous) , for whom Keri Hulme's the bone people was an early source of inspiration, along with full length reviews of four New Zealand titles, and of course the cultural curmudgeon Hamish Keith, while on The Black Page Joanna Black ruminates about media freedom under the heading "Publish and be damned".