…Dinah Priestley and her grandson Cassidy Abbott perform at the Thorndon Fair last Sunday. Dancing and singing along with Pavarotti, Cassidy is the very soul of the endearing and talented dog Oscar, who stars in Dinah’s book, Oscar Star of the Opera.
Papawai Park in Mt Cook. Sunday morning early. And thirty eager children and their parents experienced a drama that involved scientists, artists, actors, gecko- and- weta- wranglers, a talking fish and a shy elusive
Moa which the children chased with enthusiasm.
All part of Nature Through the Arts efforts to help children see the connection between science and the arts and imagine the city they would like Wellington (and Mt Cook/ Brooklyn area in particular) to be.
The initiative is backed by the NZ National Commission for UNESCO.
Nikki Wright the collective’s spokesperson said that the project draws on international research around children’s growing alienation from nature, now coined as “Nature Deficit disorder”.
Tandi always surprises me as an actor. In the Events her character goes through a huge range of emotions .But she also emerges as the choir conductor who holds her community together in tragic times. Watching her conducting her choir with such skill and grace I found myself in tears. And so were the choir and Tandi as they sang, “We’re all here. And we’re all here” All glad to be alive.
Don’t miss The Events. An electrifying play about a mass murder and its effects. Starring Tandi Wright and Beulah Koale and a new guest choir every night.