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  • Interview with Hayden Taylor & Maya Handa Naff

    Hayden Taylor (Ngāi Tahu) is the Musical Director and Maya Handa Naff the Vocal Director for WITCH Music Theatre's upcoming production of Lizzie the Musical, based on the life of accused American axe murderer Lizzie Borden. This follows their successful collaboration on previous WITCH productions Into the Woods and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.

    WITCH Music Theatre is an alternative production house for music theatre work in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, creating concerts, cabarets to full-scale musicals. They champion LGBTQIA+ art, progressive programming, and create spaces for local artists to create engaging and entertaining work.

    I popped into their rehearsal space toward the beginning of their rehearsal period to catch up with Hayden and Maya about their roles, the production and which cast albums they're currently listening to on repeat.
  • Meet the Makers: The Grid's Shannon Brosnahan Inglis

    Shannon Brosnahan Inglis is a co-founder of The Grid, a new immersive art space coming to the heart of Wellington for two months this winter. The opening exhibition, Rivers of Wind, has been created by The Grid’s other co-founder, Delainy Jamahl, and opens on 5 July.

    I sat down with Shannon to ask her about the space, the opening exhibition, and long term plans for The Grid.
  • My Musical Life: Julia Deans

    Julia Deans' career has seen her front one of New Zealand's most popular bands, Fur Patrol, release critically acclaimed solo albums, perform the works of iconic musicians Joni Mitchell and Jacques Brel, collaborate with The Adults, SJD and Neil Finn (among others) and perform classic albums live as part of Come Together.

    After the announcement of four special Fur Patrol shows to mark the 20th anniversary of their second album Collider, I asked Julia to give us some insight into her musical life.