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Standing Room Only for 03/19/2017

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    Standing Room Only for 03/19/2017

    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 Rebel Pink Young Choreographers

    Coming to parks, theatres and streets across Aotearoa are three works by emerging Kiwi choreographers. It's the latest Footnote Dance Company tour, aimed at giving up-and-comers a chance to have their work performed professionally. Eliza Sanders, Holly Newsome and Nancy Wijohn have created work for The Rebel Pink programme. Eliza's in Australia but Lynn Freeman spoke to Holly and Nancy during a break from rehearsals
    Mar 19, 2017 02:50 pm

    Novelist Bonnie Etherington remembers her childhood in West Papua

    There's been precious little fiction set in the Papua region, though Lloyd Jones' Mr Pip offered an insight into the islands' recent past. Short story and travel-writer Bonnie Etherington grew up in West Papua, and she's poured some of her memories into her first novel The Earth Cries Out. She tells Lynn Freeman that it follows the fortunes of a missionary family trying to escape the pain of a tragedy. But it also tells stories of moments in West Papua's history - from plane-crashes to the introduction of flora and fauna pests.
    Mar 19, 2017 02:38 pm

    Theatre in the heart of the Southern Lakes

    Premiering at the upcoming Festival of Colour in Wanaka is a play set in the heart of the Southern Lakes. No Science to Goodbye is by Wanaka writer Annabel Wilson and she describes it as a story about love, loss and risk. Lynn Freeman talks to Annabel, and co-director K J Smith, and discovers that Cory Chapman's music is an important part of the play.
    Mar 19, 2017 02:23 pm

    The Laugh Track - Kate McGill

    Actor Kate McGill is working on verbatim theatre piece 'Weave - Yarns with New Zealanders'. Kate's picks include Billy T James, Graham Norton, Awesome Alannah, Funny Girls, Flight of the Conchords - and Kate's Mum Ginette McDonald aka Lynn of Tawa.
    Mar 19, 2017 02:06 pm

    Playwright looks for Twelve Angry Kiwi Women Writers

    Visiting British playwright Sara Clifford is searching for Twelve Angry Kiwi Women Writers. She is coming to Wellington to take a workshop with writers in any genre who are angry about something and want to write about it. Sara has more than 30 plays to her own name, many of them created for specific sites outside of the usual theatres and halls. When not writing plays she works a lot with children and schools, in hospices and prisons. The workshop 12 Angry Women is part of the Women's Theatre Festival on March 26 at Wellington's Circa Theatre. Sara tells Lynn Freeman the 12 Angry Women workshop is based on something she's done in the UK.
    Mar 19, 2017 01:47 pm

    Loading Ultra-Short Documentaries

    New Zealand is well-known for making great documentaries - we like real-life stories it seems. But they do occasionally tend to ramble. That's not the case of our preeminent documentary initiative, the crowd-funded Loading Docs project. This year's ultra-short documentaries have to say what they've got to say in less time than a pop single - around three minutes. Simon Morris talks to two prospective film-makers, Ursula Williams - Now and Then - and Michael Weatherall - My Dog Ajax, and to the Project Manager, Nia Phipps. Loading Docs is funded by New Zealand On Air, with support from the NZ Film Commission and Te Mangai Paho.
    Mar 19, 2017 01:35 pm

    Auckland's Bid to be a UNESCO City of Music

    If you were choosing a New Zealand city to be a UNESCO City of Music, which would it be? Christchurch and Wellington have produced many great acts of the years. There's the city of Flying Nun, Dunedin, which is already a UNESCO City of Literature. But it's Auckland that, with the support of the City Council, is going to push to be this country's first UNESCO City of Music. Lynn Freeman talks to Anthony Healey from APRA and Mark Roach from Recorded Music NZ, who this week sought Council support - and got it.
    Mar 19, 2017 12:45 pm

    Instrument maker Alan Clayton

    It's a craft as old as music itself - making beautiful instruments. And in his shed in Wellington, instrument-maker and repairer Alan Clayton shapes and repairs custom-made wood instruments. He tells Lynn Freeman that, despite the invention of power tools, instrument-making really hasn't changed a lot over the centuries. Alan makes traditional stringed instruments - guitars, lutes, viols and right now he's working on what he believes is the first "violino" to be made in New Zealand.
    Mar 19, 2017 12:13 pm


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