Monday, December 05, 2016

Standing Room Only for 12/04/2016

Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.Full programme details are available on the Standing Room Only webpage

A Striking Truth

The 1986  pulp and paper mill strike in Kawerau were so bitter and divisive, they cast a shadow even now over the town. That's what author and former psychologist Helen McNeill discovered when she started to research for her debut novel A Striking Truth. Sir James Fletcher opened the Tasman Pulp and Paper Mill in the early 1950s and it became the region's biggest employer. Helen says the mill used to be like one big family, until Hugh Fletcher took over and changed the culture of the factory.
Dec 04, 2016 02:45 pm

We The Ones

The time of the Queen's visit to New Zealand for the 150th Treaty of Waitangi signing celebrations, is the setting for a new novel, We The Ones. Julie Helean has created an activist group where members are fervent, but deeply divided on how to achieve their plans to disrupt the visit.
Dec 04, 2016 02:30 pm

The Laugh Track – Frith Horan

Auckland hit The Best Possible Album Party That Anybody Has Ever Been Two will play at Wellington BATS’ Theatre, bringing the sound of actors Kate McGill and Frith Horan’s formerly sensational pop duo to the capital.
Dec 04, 2016 02:06 pm

Screen Gems - Lost Stars

Among many other things, 2016 has turned out to be the year where we lost an unusually high number of our musical and showbiz heroes - from music legends like Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen, to boxing great Muhammad Ali, it was the year of realising that our heroes are not going to last forever. In Screen Gems, Irene Gardiner remembers some of her favourites from the year's in memoriam roll-call, with some interesting screen moments from their lives.
Dec 04, 2016 01:50 pm

The End of Fashion

The rise of fast fashion, the move towards zero waste garments, and the abandonment of catwalks by designers who instead market their work online, are just some of the seismic shifts happening in the fashion world. So does this add up to the End of Fashion? A conference debating just this is about to happen. Lynn Freeman spoke to Professor Vicki Karaminas from Massey University, and Claire Regnault, Senior Curator of New Zealand History & Culture at Te Papa.
Dec 04, 2016 01:40 pm

Saving The Meteor

A $368,000 government grant has guaranteed the future of Hamilton's Meteor Theatre. The One Victoria Trust through its 'Save The Meteor' fundraising campaign had already raised a million dollars towards the earthquake strengthening it needs, for the Trust to be gifted the building by its owner, the city council. Work on seismic strengthening and other improvements is about to start on the small venue, that's in big demand since the closure of Hamilton's Founders Theatre.
Dec 04, 2016 12:50 pm

Songwriting in seventh form

The next generation of songwriters have got encouraging news. From 2017 songwriting will be accepted as a Level 3 NCEA subject. Play It Strange CEO, Mike Chunn, has been part of the campaign to bring in the new NCEA qualification and he's delighted - but would like to see Level 1 and 2 standards come in before too long.
Dec 04, 2016 12:35 pm
 A vast silence - Warren Maxwell in Antarctic Musician Warren Maxwell's trip to Antarctica has changed him and deepened his appreciation of the power of silence.
Dec 04, 2016 12:15 pm

At The Movies for 1 Thursday 2016

On At the Movies this week: Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as spies fighting Nazis in Allied, Terence Davies adapts a Scottish classic in Sunset Song and Michael Keaton changes the face of food service in The Founder.
Nov 30, 2016 07:30 pm


Older stories

Ann Shelton: Dark Matter
Katherine Mansfield's poetic side
Catwalk to Cover
The Laugh Track – The Classic
New Kaikoura Museum opens post-quake
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions

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