It’s New Zealand Theatre Month, plus the regular Monday writers and film society events. And another online bus meeting.
Māori Theatre: Ka Mua Ka Muri is an exhibition of Māori theatre photographs and ephemera spanning the 1960s to the 2000, originally compiled for the 2015 National Māori Theatre Hui. The selection features many of New Zealand’s most celebrated theatre practitioners; Inia te wiata, Elizabeth Murchie, Briar Grace-Smith, George Henare, the Māori Theatre Trust, Taki Rua productions, Don Selwyn, Rowley Habib, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty, and a young Jermaine Clement, Taika (Cohen), Rachel House and Cliff Curtis. It’s part of a month of celebrations dedicated to New Zealand theatre, with the ethos behind the month being to ‘celebrate and elevate’ Aotearoa’s theatre, and is on show from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon.
And a free talk at the National Library, Roger and Renee: A Life In Theatre, takes place at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, from 12:10pm to 1:00pm. At his own admission it took Roger Hall fifteen years to be an overnight success. Fellow playwright Renée feels her life in theatre is like having “wandered into a Beckett play and forgotten the plan”. These formidable playwrights come together for a frank and funny conversation about their lives in theatre in celebration of the inaugural New Zealand Theatre Month.
Across town, as part of the free Writers on Mondays series from 12.15pm to 1.15pm at Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa, novelist Emily Perkins chairs Feel the Heat with Gigi Fenster and Megan Dunn, a discussion on writing about the self, books and heat. In an attempt to break free from rationality and make her life a work of art, novelist and writing teacher Fenster decides to induce a fever in herself; Feverish: A takes in apartheid South Africa and complex family dynamics. In Tinderbox, Dunn writes about the end of reading and her attempted rewrite of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, which is derailed while she works at failing bookseller chain Borders; the memoir has been described as ‘comic genius’.
If you join the Wellington Film Society tonight at the screening of Tangerine, and go to each of the rest of their Monday screenings at the Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria, it wil cost you just $10 a film. Tangerine (pictured above), a film by Sean Baker (USA 2015, 88 minutes, R16 violence, offensive language, drug use, sexual material) is trashy, lurid, and hilariously profane – exploitation in the best, most cinematic sense – but without ever losing the thread of human ache that connects the handful of characters (including two transgender prostitutes, an Armenian cab driver, and his family) to each other.
Karori and Northland residents who were unable to get to last Thursday’s meeting at Karori West School about changes to the public transport system can join the next Metlink Live session on Facebook tonight from 7:30pm to 8:00pm.