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

Director Peter Jackson points out a multi-colored cannon used during the early days of the World War I at the museum exhibition he has created on Friday, April 17, 2015, in Wellington, New Zealand. Jackson hopes Great War Exhibition will give people new insight into World War I. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

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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German director Uta Plate

Run For Your Life

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Our second year actors have been working with our guest director and Goethe-Institut New Zealand artist in residence, Uta Plate, on a workshop performance called ‘Run For Your Life’. This workshop performance, based on experiences from the participants and using movement and drama techniques, tells the story of society and its rigidly set rules, through the eyes of the individuals within that society. Stories about the madness of our everyday lives; how we perceive others as obstacles, who must be weakened and how young people have to struggle to survive… and what happens when we become tired of those struggles.

The starting point for our exploration: What was, or what would be, your biggest failure, your biggest mistake? There will be an opportunity for discussion after the performance.

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Performance Designer Francis Gallop

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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