Sunday, April 23, 2017

Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only for 04/23/2017

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


The Art of Puppets and Puppeteering

Creating a demonic hand puppet is one of the more unusual commissions for Auckland puppeteer Jon Coddington. It's taken a few goes to perfect Tyrone for the premiere of a play called Hand to God about a possessed hand puppet and the impact it has on the Christian ministry at a Texan church. Jon talk to Lynn Freeman about training the cast in the art of puppeteering which is not for the feint hearted. Hand To God will be on at Circa Theatre from 22 April - 20 May.
Apr 23, 2017 02:49 pm

Quintessential Lauris Edmond

As a tribute to her mother, respected writer Lauris Edmond, her daughter Frances has co-edited a new anthology of favourite poetry and prose. She and Sue Fitchett approached family, friends and other writers for suggestions of writing they felt was quintessential Lauris. Night burns with a white fire is available through Steele Roberts Publishers. Frances - who's a writer, actress, director and Lauris' literary executor - joins Lynn Freeman in the studio after the Wellington launch of Night burns with a white fire.
Apr 23, 2017 02:35 pm

Light, Sound and Sculpture at the LUX Te Ao Marama PRECINCT

Paint, marble, fabric, wood, film... all are fundamental artists' materials. What we don't often think about is the role that light plays in art - not only through illumination. Maori artists have harnessed light in all kinds of ways in work created for Wellington's LUX Light Festival this year. Lynn Freeman talks to Robert Jahnke and Hemi Macgregor. Hemi is working with musician Mara TK on an audio visual work, and Bob's presenting neon lit crosses originally created for an outdoor exhibition on Waiheke Island.
Apr 23, 2017 02:24 pm

The Historic Pumphouse Theatre Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

After surviving near demolition back in the 1970s, the North Shore's Pumphouse Theatre is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The building's changed a lot - there's heating and dressing rooms for the cast and comfortable seats for the audience. The brick building dates back to 1905 and was originally a water pumping station for the North Shore's early settlers. In 1983 it was listed as a Category II Historic Building. Returning to the stage are a couple who performed in the first Pumphouse Theatre production. Lynn Freeman chats with Max and Sue Golding who have both taken many bows on that stage over the decades.
Apr 23, 2017 01:48 pm

Bringing Te Reo Maori to the Stage

It's still a rare thing to have the chance to see an English play translated into Maori. The Merchant of Venice was turned into a te reo film and another Shakespeare play Troilus and Cressida was peformed in Maori here and in the UK. Now New Zealand writer Gary Henderson's play, Mo and Jess Kill Susie about a hostage drama, set in the near future, has been translated into te reo by Te Pou an Auckland Maori theatre company. Lynn Freeman takes some time with Ani-Piki Tuari and Krystal-lee Brown and finds out about translating into Te Reo and staging a production of this kind.
Apr 23, 2017 01:30 pm

New Cello Concerto from Gareth Farr

Three great-great-uncles of composer Gareth Farr were killed in the First World War and are buried in France and Belgium. His family's loss, and the deaths of all the men and women killed during the war to end all wars, are woven into Gareth's new Cello Concerto. Chemin des Dames will have its premiere with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra next month, and in September it will be performed in France. Lynn Freeman asks Gareth about this new work and about the personal story behind it.
Apr 23, 2017 12:40 pm

Papers Past: Divorce

Emerson Vandey is captivated by old newspapers. He's in charge of the National Library's Papers Past online collection, and every so often he brings in a few attention grabbing headlines for Standing Room Only. This time it's the reporting of divorces that's caught his eye.
Apr 23, 2017 12:25 pm

New Documentary for ANZAC Day

Beyond the Battalion airs on Maori Television on ANZAC day and tells that story of forgotten kiwi filmmaker Michael Havas who documented members of the 28th Maori Battalion's 1977 pilgrimage to the battlefields of World War Two and how Michael came to be the one to film it. Lynn Freeman speaks to the director of this new documentary Julian Arahanga - better known as an actor playing Nig Heke in Once Were Warriors - about his part in breathing new life into Michael Havas' story.
Apr 23, 2017 12:15 pm


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