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.


A Pioneering Heart

20150523_155540‘Wainuiomata’s heart beats to a pioneering spirit and neighbourly resilience.’ We will be working with community to capture stories that speak to and celebrate that statement. This is another ‘In A Minute’ project creating a series of living stories crafted and performed by participants from across the Wainuiomata community.

DIY – Christmas Project

TivaevaeOur tenant theatre company – The DIY Theatre Collective – is embarking on their second devised theatre project, this time working towards a performance for City Housing’s Christmas celebrations in early December.  Their work will explore the question: What sustains us?

Kids Drama Club

rintolkidsIn partnership with City Housing we have begun a weekly drama club with kids from the Rintol Street Apartments. We will be working with this group to craft a devised piece of theatre for City Housing’s Matariki Celebrations.

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.

In A Minute

StonesThis community engagement performance project is designed to connect, celebrate and surprise your community. It brings together people from a range of diverse agencies and organisations that work with and for community. They are staff, volunteers, and clients.  They are guided and supported to create a collection of one-minute stories inspired by their own life and their work in the community. Engaging, surprising, and challenging audiences can expect the unexpected when they come to an In A Minute performance – it is intimate and thoroughly unique. We are delivering this project in Hutt with support from the Hutt City Council.

Stand Up Speak Up

CRC2This project is a series of workshops with community volunteers from City Housing.  The focus is on speaking publicly and presentation skills. For many volunteers speaking to groups of people is part of their role in the community, and it is a challenge for the best of us at the best of times. We will be building confidence, capacity and skills in this area, and preparing some participants to present at the annual Neighbours Day celebrations.

‘Who We Are!’ Performance Project

claire Neighbours dayThe first half of this year we will be working with our Tenant drama group to create a performance exploring the theme “Who Are We!” We will be using spoken word, drama and song to capture stories that explore blood lines, ancestors, those who have gone before.  The group will be performing for the wider community as part of Matariki celebrations.

Tenant Theatre Company

Tenant theatreWorking in partnership with the CAP Team at City Housing, we are creating a tenant theatre company – an open group for any city housing tenants with a burning desire for, or gentle curiosity about performance art. Having worked over the years with a number of city housing tenants on various projects, we know there’s a huge wealth of creative talent out there and we intend harnessing that talent on and off stage.  The Company will be perform twice a year – a fun family show for Christmas and a devised theatre production mid year.

Women in WW1 Theatre Project

photoWe are partnering with the British Council and the Goethe-Institut on a community based, devised theatre project exploring the role of women in WW1.  This project will begin in May and will involve a diverse group of 6-8 women who will be supported in the creation of a performance piece that will premiere on November 11th, Armistice Day, in the Grand Hall at Parliament.