Thursday November 30, 2017
Dai excited to return home during comedy tour By Jamie Adams
One of Wellington’s best-known comedians will be among the line-up of entertainers who will perform at the Opera House as part of the 7 Days Live national tour that begins today. Dai Henwood, who “grew up in the ghettos of Newtown”, looks forward to returning to his hometown on Saturday as part of the 11-show tour. “We’ve toured Wellington as part of 7 Days Live every year since 2011,” Dai says. “We’re lucky enough that we get to do it at the Opera House every time. “I started off in Wellington in 1997 when I was playing in small clubs in front of 20-50 people. Now it’s always a thousand people. “I love it. I always get my folks along to the show when I’m in Wellington and show t hem a rou nd a f terwards.” Being the capital and the host of politicians means Wellington is ripe for plenty of local humour fo r
the stand-up routines each comedian will offer before the panel show begins. As well as being uninterrupted with no cameras, the show also promises to be interactive. “With the show we like to involve a local politician or celebrity on stage at some point. Last year it was Grant Robertson.” “Every night is different so only people in the room get to experience what happens.” Dai gives a shout-out to his best friend Joss Opie, who he would love to see on the night. “Get in touch mate, the tickets are on me.” Dai will be touring Wellington and 10 other towns and cities with familiar faces Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Ben Hurley, Josh Thomson, Jeremy Elwood and Justine Smith. He suggests the audience at each show should treat it like a big Christmas party as there will be plenty of frivolity. The December 2 Wellington show had nearly sold out as of Monday. Tickets are available at ticketmaster. co.nz.
Paul Ego, Jeremey Corbett and Dai Henwood are coming to Wellington’s Opera House as part of 7 Days Live. PHOTO: Supplied
Singing for a peace of mind
Whakaahuru Singers Sue Beaton, Bridgett Parkin and Fred Albert. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis By Julia Czerwonatis
Voices soft as summer rain singing tunes for people who are approaching the end of their lives – the Whakaahuru Singers are a unique Wellington choir who specifically perform for people who receive palliative care and are close to dying. “It’s a very special kind of singing; we’re blending our voices and creating a kind of sound bath,” Fred Albert explains. “It’s a very gentle sound that still contains a certain amount of energy.” Fred lives in Roseneath and is one of over 20 Whakaahuru Singers from across the Wellington region. “People relax when listening to us, their breathing becomes slower, and many find a way to go somewhere else in their minds,” he says. In 2013, founder and current music director Carol Shortis met a woman from the United States who sang in a choir of dedicated singers who performed at a local hospice for patients who were dying. Carol was intrigued with this idea, and began to explore the possibility of setting up a similar group in Wellington. Today, the Whakaahuru Singers regularly perform at the Mary Potter Hospice chapel, the Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt, in Sprott House rest home in Karori and the
Millvale House Miramar. Split into smaller groups the singers also visit individuals in their homes or rooms in care facilities. “We sing a diverse selection of songs including Gaelic songs, lullabies, Waiata and various other languages,” Sue Beaton, choir member from Berhampore, says. “We don’t want the people who listen to our music to engage with words but be embraced by sound and melody.” Bridgett Parkin from Northland is a Whakaahuru Singer as well, and she explains that they have been working hard over the past three years since their establishment to refine their skills and song repertoire, and also to sit together and discuss what it means to sing for dying people. “We often see tears, not necessarily from patients but from family members who are with us in the room so we talked a lot about emotional effects this might have on us,” she says. For Bridgett, singing for patients is “as much a gift to us as it is to them”. The Whakaahuru Singer rehearse every Tuesday morning at Hobson Crescent in Thorndon from 10am-12 noon; new members are welcome. Visit whakaahuru.org. nz for more information.
CubaDupa promises to be even better for 2018 New Zealand’s largest immersive outdoor arts festival, CubaDupa, returns in 2018 with more international performances than ever before along with our stunning local lineup, for its two-day extravaganza of music, dance, theatre and visual arts. Wellington’s iconic Cuba Quarter will come to life on March 24 and 25, 2018 when lines become blurred between audience and performer during the free street festival that will fill the capital with a vibrant atmosphere and display of human creativity. Artistic Director, Drew James, says CubaDupa is uniquely Wellington and fast-becoming one of the most extraordinary events in New Zealand. “The CubaDupa experience invades your senses: sight and sound, aroma and taste. You become immersed in a journey through Cuba Street, side-streets, back alleyways, and courtyards, where you will discover
everything from opera to parades, music and visual installations. “It has become a celebration of the street, reaching out to artists from Wellington, around New Zealand and internationally that contribute to the two-day explosion of creative spirit. “The blurring of the line between audience, performer, stage and street, is even more evident for 2018, with a call-out for everyone to dress in extravagant costume, and dance with some of the world’s greatest street bands.” Children will be encouraged to be free and express themselves at the family entertainment zone, Urban Garden. Create carnival costumes and junk instruments before joining the DIY street parade. At night the garden blooms will be lit up and video mapped for special evening soirees for all ages.
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