Reaching Out from the Inside

In partnership with the Department of Corrections, Voice Arts worked with young offenders to create and capture on film a collection of performances that reflect their hopes and aspirations; stories that explore what it takes for successful reintegration. This project provided young offenders with the opportunity to actively engage in a creative process that encourages and supports their development and offers them a public stage to perform not just who they are, but who they are seeking to become.

Supporting Strathmore

Another wonderful collaboration this time with the Eastern Suburbs Youth Trust, supporting the developing of youth in Strathmore. In this showcase they brought beautiful dance and song, we brought drama and playful storytelling.

In A Minute Storytelling at the Winter Festival

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.

DIY’s Annual Devised Theatre Project

diy-tom2It’s that time of year again and our tenant drama company begins work on their annual devised performance. The group has expanded to welcome a number of fresh new faces. The group will perform at WCC Christmas events in December.

Small Windows on Big Stories

SWBS launch4A wonderful launch of our Small Windows on Big Stories radio dramas and partner book. Hosted by the Mayor, our tenant authors shared their experience of the project and what it is like being a first time author on National Radio. A great day!

Great Time at Great Start

Taita Great startBringing 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.

Neighbours Day 2016

neighboursday copyThe 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

Theatre Experiments

DIY TOMThe DIY collective, a social housing tenant drama group, are embarking on their third creative project with Voice Arts Trust. The group will be delving into a range of theatre practices from mime to Shakespeare.  Photo courtesy of Tom Yu Kong.

Time In for Timebank Staff

TimebankThanks 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.

The Possibilities of Devised Theatre

IMG_7404IMG_7397Our 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.