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Brita McVeigh Q&A

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Brita McVeigh is a renowned acting coach, directing coach and script editor who has worked with Taika Waititi, Robyn Malcom and Bret McKenzie to name a few. Earlier this year Brita worked with the Year One actors on a three week block we call Actor and Instinct. This is the first of four blocks across the first semester where we lay down foundational actor craft. While she was here we sat down to talk to her about the practice inside Actor and Instinct.
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Toi Designers on RNZ

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Check out our Design for Stage and Screen tutors and graduates talking to Lynn Freeman on Radio New Zealand’s ‘Standing Room Only’ programme last Sunday the 19th of July:

You can also read (and listen!) to the programme on the RNZ website HERE

Design Graduates work on The Great War Exhibition

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Toi Whakaari graduates and students have been hard at work on Peter Jackson’s recently opened Great War Exhibition  in The Great Hall of Wellington’s historic Dominion Museum. Design graduates Ivy Urquart, Chris Connolly, Helen Stanbridge and Rob Edwards and Directing Graduate Calvin Petersen along with current students Jasmine Shadbolt and Charley Draper have contributed to the realisation of this astonishingly detailed work.

The exhibition is billed as ‘telling the story of the transition from horse to machine and how this industrialised, mechanised, attritional form of warfare had a profound effect on the societies dragged into the devastating carnage”. Miniature models depicting Allied forces adapting to trench warfare shown in intricate detail are of special interest.

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From Corstorphine to Lyall Bay

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This term we are delighted to have the Performance Designer Francis Gallop with us here at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Francis is a designer and occasional writer and director based in Edinburgh. His particular enthusiasms are for new writing and site specific performance. Notable works have included Inferno, a labyrinthine staging of Dante’s epic with a cast of 60 through the bowels of Glasgow, and Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden, an adult fairytale that unfolded across seven acres of landscaped woodland.

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