Social Housing Radio Drama Project

P1010133_cropIn 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.


Connection in the Cook Islands

DSC_0060FullSizeRender-2Our 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. 

Spring Uprising

11225745_873253916116046_8991650876082334576_oOn the opening night of the Spring Uprising Voice Arts Trust led an ‘In A Minute’ workshop. A wonderful way to connect the participants of a week long festival focused on social engagement and community participatory arts. We were involved in several other workshops and presentations. A huge thanks to Barbarian Productions for making this festival happen.

Matariki Project Success

IMG_6276Both our adult and childrens drama groups performed at City Housing’s Matariki Celebrations. The children performed a devised work inspired by the children’s book The Brothers and Sisters of Matariki, while the adult group – The DIY Collective – performed a devised work celebrating ancestors and stories of the past.

In A Minute – Invite!

PosterinaminuteA5Voice Arts Trust invites you to attend one of two public performances of ‘In A Minute.’ This event allows you to get face to face with the people who work with and for the Hutt community.  Join participants from seven different Hutt community organisations who have crafted a selection of engaging, surprising, and challenging one minute stories inspired by their own life and work. Expect the unexpected at this intimate and thoroughly unique performance. This project has been supported by the Hutt City Council  We hope to see you there: Saturday May 23rd, Performances at 4pm and 4.45pm, The Dowse James Coe 2, Numbers are limited so please book your space by calling The Dowse on 5706500

Cook Islands: Inclusive Education

dd002_cropVoice Arts Trust has been invited to travel to the Cook Islands to deliver a devised theatre project with young people at risk of exclusion in the educational environment. This project will happen in September over an intensive nine day period.  We will also be running a number of professional development workshops for those working within inclusive education.

Applause and Accolades for ‘He Aha Te Utu’

ww1twoThe cast of ‘He Aha Te Utu – The True Cost’ performed for the first time in front of a packed audience at Parliament. The response was overwhelming, the audience deeply moved by this powerful, unique devised theatre work.  A compact 23 minutes, this performance piece explores the role of women in WW1. We thank our partners on this project – the British Council and the Goethe-Institut. We have additional support from the Wellington City Council to tour this performance. If you are interested in booking this show for your work or community group, please email: