It has been a very special journey working in partnership with Wellington East Girls College to support a diverse group of young women to explore the history and future of Parihaka. Voice Arts was privileged to host Maata Wharehoka from Parihaka in Wellington to spend time with the group, sharing with them her knowledge. We are now in the process of editing our final film documenting the experience and we will take that back to the Marae in the coming months.
We are delighted to be partnering with the fantastic organisation that is www.shiftnz.org to develop and deliver a wellbeing project specifically for and driven by teenage girls with refugee backgrounds. We are incorporating a lot of play along with significant conversations aimed at helping these young women develop and grow.
Our tenant drama group has begun a years focus on film. Following three successful devised performances the group was up for a new challenge, learning how to work in front and behind the camera. They’ll be supported to create their first short film which will premiere for the wider tenant community in December.
Our cast of community performers gave three beautiful performances to visitors to the Hutt Winter Festival. The event was free and open to families. Each audience member experienced a collection of minute stories told especially to them, one to one. Each story had a visual representation, a piece of art created especially for this event. It was a very special afternoon. Huge thanks to our performers and to the Hutt Winter Festival for their support of this fantastic project.
We are a champion! Read up about Voice Arts and our work with former refugees here at www.togetherwmn.nz. A fantastic new interactive documentary and website.
Thanks to the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust, Voice Arts has funding to develop a network of partnerships to create a youth focused theatre project with participants from Wellington and Taranaki. Last year we visited Parihaka to seed this project, and we will be heading back there to start its growth.
Months of creative and thoughtful exploration on the theme of peace; personal, local and global has led to the creation of new theatre work ‘Take From My Palms.’ Voice Arts has been working in partnership with Wellington East Girls’ College on this project to mark International Women’s Day. The production will premiere at Te Papa, at a free event, open to the public. Check out our Facebook event.
Congratulations to our tenant drama group, the DIY Collective, who premiered their third devised theatre work in front of a big crowd. This time they tackled comedy creating a pirate play. The audience provided an authentic laugh track and rousing applause, reward for a hard working cast who refused to let nerves get in the way of a great performance.
Following the success of our social housing radio drama project in partnership with Radio New Zealand, we are continuing to explore themes of diversity: celebrating and embracing difference with social housing tenants in a new film project supported by City Housing and the Office of Ethnic Communities.