Standing Room Only for Sunday 23 April 2017
12:15 New Documentary for ANZAC Day.
Beyond the Battalion airs on Maori Television on ANZAC day and tells that story of forgotten kiwi filmmaker Michael Havas who documented members of the 28th Maori Battalion's 1977 pilgrimage to the battlefields of World War Two and how Michael came to be the one to film it. Lynn Freeman speaks to the director of this new documentary Julian Arahanga - better known as an actor playing Nig Heke in Once Were Warriors - about his part in breathing new life into Michael Havas' story.
12:30 Papers Past: Divorce
Emerson Vandey is captivated by old newspapers. He's in charge of the National Library's Papers Past online collection, and every so often he brings in a few attention grabbing headlines for Standing Room Only. This time it's the reporting of divorces that's caught his eye.
Find out more about Emerson's work on the Papers Past website
12:45 New Cello Concerto from Gareth Farr
Three great-great-uncles of composer Gareth Farr were killed in the First World War and are buried in France and Belgium. His family's loss, and the deaths of all the men and women killed during the war to end all wars, are woven into Gareth's new Cello Concerto. Chemin des Dames will have its premiere with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra next month, and in September it will be performed in France. Lynn Freeman asks Gareth about this new work and about the personal story behind it.
1:10 At The Movies
1:33 Bringing Te Reo Maori to the Stage
It's still a rare thing to have the chance to see an English play translated into Maori. The Merchant of Venice was turned into a te reo film and another Shakespeare play Troilus and Cressida was peformed in Maori here and in the UK. Now New Zealand writer Gary Henderson's play, Mo and Jess Kill Susie about a hostage drama, set in the near future, has been translated into te reo by Te Pou an Auckland Maori theatre company.
Lynn Freeman takes some time with Ani-Piki Tuari and Krystal-lee Brown and finds out about translating into Te Reo and staging a production of this kind.
1:50 The Historic Pumphouse Theatre Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
After surviving near demolition back in the 1970s, the North Shore's Pumphouse Theatre is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The building's changed a lot - there's heating and dressing rooms for the cast and comfortable seats for the audience. The brick building dates back to 1905 and was originally a water pumping station for the North Shore's early settlers. In 1983 it was listed as a Category II Historic Building.
Returning to the stage are a couple who performed in the first Pumphouse Theatre production. Lynn Freeman chats with Max and Sue Golding who have both taken many bows on that stage over the decades.
2:06 The Laugh Track - Scott Blanks
Scott Blanks joins Lynn Freeman with his pick of the upcoming New Zealand International Comedy Festival.
There's more information on all of Scott's picks and much more on the New Zealand International Comedy Festival Website.
2:25 Light, Sound and Sculpture at the LUX Te Ao Mārama PRECINCT.
Paint, marble, fabric, wood, film....all are fundamental artists' materials. What we don't often think about is the role that light plays in art - not only through illumination. Māori artists have harnessed light in all kinds of ways in work created for Wellington's LUX Light Festival this year.
Lynn Freeman talks to Robert Jahnke and Hemi Macgregor. Hemi is working with musician Mara TK on an audio visual work, and Bob's presenting neon lit crosses originally created for an outdoor exhibition on Waiheke Island.
2:40 Quintessential Lauris Edmond
As a tribute to her mother, respected writer Lauris Edmond, her daughter Frances has co-edited a new anthology of favourite poetry and prose. She and Sue Fitchett approached family, friends and other writers for suggestions of writing they felt was quintessential Lauris. Night burns with a white fire is available through Steele Roberts Publishers.
Frances - who's a writer, actress, director and Lauris' literary executor - joins Lynn Freeman in the studio after the Wellington launch of Night burns with a white fire.
2:49 The Art of Puppets and Puppeteering.
Creating a demonic hand puppet is one of the more unusual commissions for Auckland puppeteer Jon Coddington.
It's taken a few goes to perfect Tyrone for the premiere of a play called Hand to God about a possessed hand puppet and the impact it has on the Christian ministry at a Texan church.
Jon talk to Lynn Freeman about training the cast in the art of puppeteering.....which is not for the feint hearted.
Hand To God will be on at Circa Theatre from 22 April - 20 May.
3:06 Drama at 3 - Faith (Part 2)
The final half of a two-part contemporary NZ Drama. Tom McCrory’s Faith examines the blurred boundaries of relationships and the nature of what we believe.
Music played in this show
Artist: Sly &The Family Stone
Song: Family Affair
Album: Sly and The family Stone Anthology
Played at: 12:12
Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Song: Family Man
Composer: Buckingham, Dashunt
Album: Tango In The Night
Played at: 12:57
Artist: The Undertones
Song: Family Entertainment
Album: Positive Touch / The Sin Of Pride
Played at: 1:10
Artist: Dolly Parton
Album: Eagle When She Flies
Played at: 1:45
Artist: The Stranglers
Song: Let Me Introduce you to the Family
Album: The Old Testament
Played at: 1:58
Artist: Belle & Sebastian
Song: Family Tree
Composer: Belle & Sebastian
Album: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
Played at: 2:04
Artist: Jill Scott
Song: Family Reunion
Composer: Scott, Haggins, Barias, George Kerr
Album: Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2
Label: Hidden Beach
Played at: 2:33
Song: Family Portrait
Album: Greatest Hits So Far
Played at: 2:55
Artist: Sister Sledge
Song: We Are Family
Composer: Nile Rodgers
Album: We Are Family
Played at: 3:55