Bringing together community organisations and agencies from across Taita, Voice Arts Trust facilitated a workshop to enable networking, sharing and learning. Hosted by Taita Great Start, with food provided by the Koha Kitchen, we played and laughed and got down to some serious connecting. It was a great success with 15 different groups participating. Thanks to Hutt City Council for supporting this workshop.
We are working in partnership with Ryman Healthcare to create a short documentary style film with staff exploring, from their perspectives, the intimate relationship between caregiver and patient. A relationship dictated by necessity, complicated by cultural, ethnic and religious difference, but so often deeply compassionate.
The sun shone on Neighbours Day and in the courtyard of Central Park we facilitated group games and a series of conversations with tenants all about what’s happening in their neighbourhoods. A great day and thanks to the CAP team for all their efforts to organise such a great event. If you would like Voice Arts Trust to facilitate at your event, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to funding support from the Hutt City Council, Voice Arts Trust had the opportunity to work with staff from Timebank. Staff from offices across the wider Wellington region came together in Petone for a rare opportunity to connect and learn from each other. “I love your processes, this has been one of the best workshops I have been too.” Workshop participant.
Our Director, Nicola Pauling, was the Artist in Residence at Big Little Theatre’s summer theatre school. She spent a week down in South Canterbury introducing 50 young drama students to the possibilities of Devised Theatre. “Nicola helped encourage our young performers to believe in themselves and to know that their stories are as worthy as any they see printed or performed. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with her.” Jackie Heffernan, Director, Big Little Theatre.
Our social housing Tenant Drama group – The DIY Collective – took to the stage to showcase another thoughtfully constructed devised theatre work. ‘Behind the Scenes’ explored what goes on before, during and after a DIY rehearsal. The performance was a rich mix of script, improv, poetry and song and it was lapped up by a full audience of fellow tenants from across Wellington.
Last year we successfully toured our devised theatre production ‘He Aha Te Utu’ a play that explored the role of women in WW1. Now go behind the scenes with this short documentary. Hear from the women involved in the project and the creative directors. Click here to watch. Many thanks to Duncan Brown at Vertical Studios for your generous support!
In another unique three way partnership, Voice Arts Trust is collaborating with Community Acton Programmes at City Housing and Radio New Zealand on a project that will explore the challenges and rewards of resettlement in a multi-cultural high-density social housing environment in Aotearoa New Zealand. We thank the Office of Ethnic Affairs for their support of this project.
Our Director, Nicola Pauling has just returned from the Cook Islands where she led an inclusive drama project at the Creative Centre and workshops with teachers, principals and teachers aides exploring how drama can be used as a tool for engagement with students of all abilities. “Nicola’s visit was transformative. Her apt timing, pace and intuitive ability to match delivery to participant needs was beautiful to witness. Her passion for authentic connection created deep meetings with diverse participants experiencing significant barriers to accessing learning.” Sarah McCawe, Inclusive Education Advisor MoE.