Flora Knight and Archer at the Old Mill, Waikari, 25 FebIf you have ever seen The Eastern, you will...
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:41:08 +1300

Flora Knight and Archer at the Old Mill, Waikari, 25 Feb

If you have ever seen The Eastern, you will know Flora Knight’s wonderful fiddle playing. I really enjoyed her solo work on Saturday and watching her perform as a duo with Australian balladeer Archer. The Mill is such a unique venue. It felt timeless. Kids ran around in the dark outside with torches, as the candles burned low and couples slowly swayed across the old timber floor…

Wonderful new book released this week on Christchurch’s...
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:46:19 +1300


Wonderful new book released this week on Christchurch’s beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal!

I contributed a feature to Latitude’s Feb/March 2016 edition on Recreating the Magic - the rebirth of a Christchurch theatre, a new book that has just been published by Clerestory Press. The feature gives a taste of what to expect and hopefully will help promote this great book that covers how the city’s heritage theatre was rebuilt and restored after the Canterbury earthquakes, along with human interest stories around this compelling material. It is well worth reading! The book’s launch was held at the theatre, appropriately enough, on the fifth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 earthquake. More about this book and how to order at: http://isaactheatreroyal.co.nz/product/recreating-the-magic-book-3/

I put together quite a substantial feature for NZTODAY magazine...
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:12:57 +1200


I put together quite a substantial feature for NZTODAY magazine recently, reflecting on the state of play in Canterbury, five years after the first earthquake on 4 September 2010. Collectively, everyone living in this region has been through so much. In many ways, we are finally starting to come out the other side. A lot of people have moved to new homes or have had their homes repaired. The central city rebuild is really going full speed ahead. Yet, all this upheaval has come at a price. Some people are still struggling with insurance nightmares or have issues with the standard of repairs carried out. So, the recovery is on going. I suspect the mental recovery - or is it a metamorphosis? - will take some years yet.

I’m grateful to the many interviewees who so generously shared their time and their perspectives. The feature took up something like 20 pages and I still feel like I didn’t quite cover all the bases!

Salute
Wed, 27 May 2015 15:11:57 +1200
Salute:

Counting down to Thursday when this production opens in Christchurch. It is going to be a very powerful performance, judging from the reviews coming out of Wellington. I interviewed NZ Army Band director of music, Captain Graham Hickman, on what to expect - the article is in the June edition of North & South (Four Corners). I’m really looking forward to see Neil Ieremia’s choreography for Passchendaele by Dwayne Bloomfield and also the premiere of Andrew Simmons’ choreography for a new commission by composer Gareth Farr. It should be quite a night!

Nepal EarthquakesAs the days pass by, what is happening in Nepal will start to slip off the news...
Wed, 13 May 2015 14:19:24 +1200

Nepal Earthquakes

As the days pass by, what is happening in Nepal will start to slip off the news radar. We know from the experience in Christchurch that the impact of something like this lasts for years. It won’t be a quick fix. It is tragic to see how many people have died, sustained serious injuries and lost their homes. 

I know there are many organisations out there, such as New Zealand Red Cross, inviting donations to support Nepal. Let’s just hope people’s generosity holds up and sees Nepal through the next six months, the next year, the next 10 years …