Standing Room Only for Sunday 21 February 2016
12.42 Composer John Psathas - No Man's Land
In his monumental, multi-cultural, symphony with pictures, No Man's Land, John Psathas asks us to consider the First World War in a new light. He's brought together around 150 musicians from conflict zones, past and present, to perform on old battlegrounds and bunkers. No Man's Land premieres at the New Zealand Festival next month before going on tour. Lynn Freeman talks to John after watching the 75-minute-long video that forms the backdrop to the work, played by a live band of Kiwi, Greek and Polish musicians.
1.10 At The Movies with Simon Morris
This week, comicbook antihero Deadpool, real-life rescue The Finest Hours and, 15 years later, the sequel to high-fashion spoof Zoolander. Also a roundup of this week's Bafta Awards.
1.34 Virtuoso Strings
Every Tuesday night, Porirua children from low-decile schools get together in a school hall to play classical music on borrowed instruments. The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust works with local schools, as well as other organisations that provide food and other invaluable contributions needed to keep the orchestra going. But it survives thanks to the drive of music teachers Liz Sneyd and Craig Utting. Lynn Freeman was invited to the orchestra's rehearsal.
2.04 The Laugh Track - Lana Schwarcz
Australian comedienne Lana Schwarcz talks about her show Lovely Lady Lumps, and plays comedy favourotes Tig Notaro, Denise Scott, Tig Notaro, Louisa Omielan and Steven Wright
2.26 Photographer Ilan Wittenberg
Israeli-born Ilan Wittenberg abandoned a family tradition of industrial engineering to become an award-winning photographer. He makes a living out of family portraiture from his converted 6-car garage on the North Shore. But 15 years after arriving in New Zealand his dream is really taking off. Lynn Freeman talks to Ilan about his new exhibition of portraits taken within the old city walls of his old home: Faces of Jerusalem: An Interfaith Journey. And a rather different project is gaining ground. Listen up if you're a man ready to expose your bare chest to his camera's lens!
2.39 UK Performer Jonny Donohue - Every Brilliant Thing
Every Brilliant Thing is a UK theatre production that's been described as "the funniest show you’ll ever see about depression". Solo actor and former stand-up comic Jonny Donohoe talks to Sonia Sly about why he’s more than happy to deal with sensitive subject matter and the art of engaging with an audience.
2.49 English Writer Antony Penrose - The Boy Who Bit Picasso
As a child, Antony Penrose hung out with the famous artist Pablo Picasso - he was a friend of young Tony's parents, artist and writer Roland Penrose and photographer Lee Miller. Many years later, Antony Penrose writes books for children. In The Boy Who Bit Picasso, he gives us a rather different perspective on the legend. His latest book is called Miro's Magic Animals. Spanish artist Joan Miró was a very different character to Picasso but just as endearing to the young Tony. Antony Penrose is heading to New Zealand for a series of talks around the country, and Lynn Freeman spoke to him in Australia, first about some of the drawings Picasso drew for him.
Anthony Penrose dates
Monday 22nd February 2016 Havelock North 'Lee Miller and Picasso'
Wednesday 24th February Auckland 'Picasso through Miller and Penrose'
Thursday 25th February Hamilton 'Lee Miller and Picasso'
Monday 29th February Wellington 'Lee Miller and Picasso'
Wednesday 2nd March Nelson 'Lee Miller and Picasso'
Thursday 3rd March Blenheim 'Lee Miller and Picasso'
Monday 7th March Christchurch 'Picasso through Miller and Penrose'
Wednesday 9th March Dunedin 'Lee Miller and Picasso'
3.05 Drama At 3 - The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial
Part One of the LA Theatreworks production, starring Ed Asner.