Standing Room Only for Sunday 22 October 2017
Father and daughter Peter and Cait O'Connor set up the Teaspoon of Light theatre company in Christchurch after the earthquakes, working with young children in the most quake-affected schools. Lynn Freeman speaks with Peter and Cait ahead of a trip to Mexico for similar work.
Children's book writer and illustrator Donovan Bixley has just been awarded the 2017 Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation, and $15,000 dollar gift that goes with it.
For 20 years, Bixley has created extraordinary stories and unforgettable characters, including illustrated biographies Faithfully Mozart and Much Ado About Shakespeare, and working with writer Kyle Mewburn on the Dinosaur Rescue series.
Sixteen locally-made short films feature in this year's Top of the South Film Festival in Nelson. Lynn Freeman speaks with two film makers whose work is about to premiere there - Doug Brooks (Sons of 71) and writer, dancer and actor Dawn Marron (Bananaruma).
1:10 At The Movies
Happy Death Day, The Mountain Between Us, Frantz.
Actor Chelsie Preston-Crayford is currently appearing in the play Red Speedo, which is kicking off Auckland Theatre Company's 25th anniversary season.
Ambition, drugs and the taste of superstardom are tearing a family apart in Red Speedo by American writer Lucas Hnath. Chelsie plays the disgraced sports therapist ex-girlfriend of Ray, a champion swimmer who's implicated in a drug scandal.
November is National Novel Writing Month, where writers sign up to write 50,000 words over the 30 days in November, a goal reached by more than 34, 000 writers internationally last year (though 384,000 signed up).
Professor Toni Bruce has published a novel that she started as part of the challenge in 2015, called Terra Ludus, and this year has signed up for the fifth time.
2:06 The Laugh Track - Ray Badran
Sydney-based stand-up comedian Ray Badran is behind a new web series called No Experience Necessary, which follows his attempts to make a sitcom on the cheap by moving production to New Zealand.
Badran joins Lynn Freeman on The Laugh Track, with picks from Steven Wright, Mitch Hedberg, Jon Dore, Garry Shandling, The Simpsons and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Christchurch author Patrick Evans returns to his muse - writer Janet Frame - for the third in his trilogy about her life.
In Salt Picnic, set in 1956, Evans has fictionalised the few known facts about Janet Frame's time in Spain, creating a protagonist called Iola.
Cynthia Morihan reads from Salt Picnic, and Lynn Freeman speaks with Evans about the novel, published by Victoria University Press.
Auckland artist Pascal Atiga-Bridger blends elements of the Union Jack onto flags from pacific Island nations to create new flags that tell a 21st century story. He also manipulates the Union Jack, changing its colours to those of Pacific Island flags. But it's not an act of protest - in fact he feels it still belongs on the New Zealand flag.
Pascal says he started his flag art project to help him understand his own family's Samoan Maori and European heritage and identity.
Fashion is often a signal of a change in the air, reflecting societal norms and values. Sonia Sly meets designer Jason Lingard who says being gay and growing up in a small farming town informed his desire to create gender-neutral garments that embody the concept of inclusivity. Listen to episode Fashion’s inclusive new mood on RNZ podcast My Heels Are Killing Me.
3:06 Drama at 3 – Part 5 of LifeAfter and Sydney Calm Joe
In the increasingly complex world of our Sci-fi adventure, 'LifeAfter' Ross Barns has been trying to steal secrets from quirky computer scientist Octavia Roth, who works at the FBI where he is also employed. But Ross discovered that spying on the FBI is a lot harder than it looks. . . And his subterfuge leads him to a horrifying discovery and even greater peril.
Then ‘Sydney Calm Joe’, a monologue written by the New Zealand poet and artist, Gregory O'Brien, adapted for radio and recorded for RNZ by Patrick Smyth, and produced by Michael Peck.
Music played in this show
Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Song: Everyday I Write the Book
Album: Punch The Clock
Played at: Standing Room Only promo
Artist: Eleni Mandell
Song: Salt Truck
Album: Miracle of Five
Played at: 12:11
Artist: Bryan Ferry
Song: River of Salt
Composer: Bryan Ferry
Album: These Foolish Things
Played at: 12:31
Artist: Band of Horses
Song: The Great Salt Lake
Composer: Band of Horses
Album: Everything All The Time
Label: Sub Pop
Played at: 12:57
Song: A Salt with a Deadly Pepa
Album: A Salt with a Deadly Pepa
Played at: 1:07
Song: Salt in The Wound
Album: Beck EP
Played at: 1:42
Artist: Lizz Wright
Played at: 1.57
Artist: Great North
Played at: 2:05
Artist: Peggy Lee
Song: There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth The Salt In My Tears
Composer: Fred Fisher
Album: In Love Again
Label: Capitol Records
Played at: 2:35
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Song: Salt of The Earth
Composer: Jagger, Richards
Album: Beggars Banquet
Played at: 2:58
Artist: Julie London
Song: I Lost My Salt in Salt Lake City
Composer: John Lange, Leon Rene
Album: Lonely Girl
Played at: 3:04
Artist: Tim Finn
Song: Salt To The Sea
Album: Imaginary Kingdom
Played at: 4:56