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Sunday 21 May 2017
12:15 Framing Identity at the Auckland Festival of Photography
The Auckland Festival of Photography launches in June, with a string of exhibitions based on this year's Identity theme. What is identity? How does is shape us and our work? ...and why does is seem so important to talk about it these days?
The Auckland Festival of Photography runs from June 1st to the 24th - more details on their website.
12:30 Jingles The Musical - it's a thing - and you'll love it!
Maybe we get the musical theatre we deserve. Italy gets grand opera, Germany gets Wagnerian Ring Cycles, Britain and America tap into pop songs and the Great American Songbook. We get Jingles the Musical.
Simon Morris talks to Dean Hewison about his tribute to our commercial heritage. Jingles the Musical opens at Auckland's Basement Theatre on June the 6th.
12:50 The Civic Spills its Secrets
The Civic is the jewel in Auckland's cinema scene - a throwback to when cinemas weren't just a place to see movies but Motion Picture Palaces. As Auckland Live announces the launch of public tours of Auckland’s grand old lady of theatre, The Civic, Simon Morris finds out more from their tour guide, Peter Dobson.
1:10 At The Movies
1:33 Being Viola Di Grado
Italian writer Viola di Grado is fascinated by language. A graduate from Turin in Chinese and Japanese, her first novel 30 percent wool, 70 percent acrylic won awards at home for "linguistic invention pushed to the visionary".
Viola is here as part of the Auckland Writers Festival, and also appearing in Wellington on Tuesday, talking with Dr Claudia Bernardi, at Victoria University's Kelburn campus, about How to be Viola Di Grado.
1:50 James Harrison returns home for New Zealand Opera's Carmen.
New Zealand Baritone James Harrison has now well and truly got his foot on the international opera ladder. He's this year's Dame Malvina Major Foundation Fellow/Scholar, he's taken time out from a busy schedule in Europe to play two roles in New Zealand Opera's production of Carmen.
Carmen opens in Wellington on the 1st of June, then travels to Auckland in the 22nd, and finally plays in Christchurch in July.
James talk to Simon Morris.
2:06 The Laugh Track - Markus Birdman
Here as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival, Markus Birdman picks his favourite comedy clips for Simon Morris.
2:25 Dr. Faustus makes a new deal.
Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tells the story of a man who makes a deal with the Devil. He gets unlimited power, money, glory, women - anything he could ever want. But he forgets to check the small print...
Faustus doesn't quite know what he's getting himself into, and neither will the lead actor in a new production at Auckland's Basement Theatre because each night a different guest actor will play the part of Faustus - having never rehearsed with the rest of the cast before. Simon Morris finds out more from the play's director Caleb Wells.
2:40 A change of direction for Dunedin writer Paddy Richardson.
Dunedin writer Paddy Richardson is an established crime writer - but her 7th novel you'll find in the "Historical New Zealand fiction section" of your local bookshop, library or online site.
It's set in the lead-up to and during the Great War - initially in Blackball on the South Island West Coast, then in France.
Through the Lonesome Dark follows the fortunes of local lad Clem, who flees Blackball to join other New Zealand soldiers digging tunnels under the French town of Arras.
Before he leaves, we spend time with him and his two closest friends, Pansy and Otto.
Paddy Richardson tells Lynn Freeman what lead her into writing historical fiction rather than another thriller.
2:49 NZ Books - After the Book Awards...
Last week saw the presentation of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - our most prestigious celebration of our top writers. Simon Morris talks to Nicola Legat, Chairwoman of the NZ Book Awards Trust about the winners and what this means for New Zealand writing.
3:06 Drama at 3 - 'No Science to Goodbye' by Annabel Wilson.
Our Drama this week is 'No Science to Goodbye' by Annabel Wilson, a play that premiered at Wanaka's Festival of Colour last month, before we recorded it live at BATS Theatre in Wellington as part of the 'Live on Stage' partnership between BATS and RNZ.
Elsie has returned from Berlin to the Southern Lakes to be with her brother, Sam, who is ill. But she meets up again with her ex-lover Frank, who is now a glaciologist. They have not seen one another for seven years or so. The play is subtitled ‘a theatrical poem’ and for good reason, as you’ll hear.
Artist: Sheb Wooley
Song: Purple People Eater
Composer: Sheb Wooley
Played at: 12:12
Artist: Joan Armatrading
Song: Me Myself I
Composer: Joan Armatrading
Album: Me, Myself, I
Played at: 12:15
Artist: Joni Mitchel
Song: Man From Mars
Composer: Joni Mitchel
Album: Taming the Tiger
Played at: 12:30
Artist: Billy Lee Riley
Song: Flying Saucer Rock and Roll
Composer: Billy Lee Riley
Played at: 12:45
Song: If You Were an Alien
Album: Structure and Cosmetics
Label: Sub Pop
Played at: 12:55
Artist: Mila Jovovich
Song: The Alien Song (For Those Who Listen)
Composer: Mila Jovovich
Album: The Divine Comedy
Label: SBK/EMI Records
Played at: 1:10
Song: Planet Earth
Album: Freedom of Choice
Played at: 1:43
Artist: David Bowie
Song: Loving the Alien
Composer: David Bowie
Label: EMI America
Played at: 1:55
Artist: Captain Beefheart
Song: Big Eyed Beans from Venus
Composer: don Van Vliet
Album: Clear Spot
Played at: 2:04
Artist: Luscious Jackson
Song: Alien Lover
Composer: Jill Cunniff
Album: Electric Honey
Label: Grand Royal
Played at: 2:35
Artist: Cleaners from Venus
Song: The Girl from Mercury
Composer: Cleaners From Venus
Album: Best of Cleaners from Venus
Played at: 2:55
Song: Subterranean Homesick Alien
Album: OK Computer
Played at: 3:05
Song: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
Played at: 3:55