Upbeat for Friday 5 February 2016
Alexander James Edwards
English tenor Alexander James Edwards is starring in Festival Opera's production of Puccini's La Boheme this month. He reveals how his family circumstances have impacted on his operatic career, and mean he can identify with some of the teenagers joining the chorus for this Napier season of the classic opera.
Eli Kent and Robin Kerr
Eli Kent (writer and lead actor) and Robin Kerr (director) are taking their play All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever on tour to London. The successful team from Auckland's Playground Collective discuss the challenges of touring offshore and why this play has done so well for them, winning five awards at the Auckland Theatre Awards after its season at Q Theatre in 2015, including the Judge's Award for Excellence across all areas of production.