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Lifetime Achievement Award for Massey Luminary

Great theatre can change minds and lives, says Professor Angie Farrow, who credits her childhood amid the lively antics of her extended family in London’s East End with shaping her dramatic sensibilities. Farrow, a professor in theatre at Massey, an internationally award-winning playwright and a community arts initiator, recently received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in […]

Massey University and Square Edge Visiting Writer 2019 – Pip Desmond

Massey University and Square Edge Visiting Writer 2019 to work on Topical True Story Massey University’s School of English and Media Studies and Square Edge Community Arts are excited to be hosting award-winning nonfiction author Pip Desmond as the Visiting Artist for 12 weeks from March 2019. Desmond will be working on the true story […]

Arts + Climate Innovation: The Role of the Arts

Join our very own Professor Angie Farrow and a panel of expert climate scientists and special local guests, to learn the very latest climate science and be inspired by creative projects within our community that help us care about our planet. Read more and register here.  

Massey Theatre Cleans Up at Regional Awards

The Regional Theatre Awards this year played host to a myriad of theatre companies from all across the Manawatu, and amongst the throng of talent shone Massey Community Theatre, made up of students and staff from Massey University’s varied drama programmes…and swept the night away with not one, not two, but five wins to their name. In […]

Massey drama students explore free speech and control in play

The importance of speaking out and the pervasive effect of keeping silent transcends the ages in a play being staged in Palmerston North. Massey University students will tap into Greek mythology and the #metoo movement for their production, The Love of the Nightingale. The 1988 play by Timberlake Wertenbaker is based on the Greek myth of Philomele, who was raped […]

Summer Shakepeare brings ‘The Comedy of Errors’ to the Esplande, Palmerston North

Summer Shakespeare director Peter Hambleton has presented the Bard in Palmerston North before. In 2009 he directed Summer Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well on the car park in front of the Esplanade Scenic Railway station, incorporating the miniature trains as part of the action. For this year’s The Comedy of Errors, which opens in the Esplanade Rose Gardens on Thursday, Hambleton […]

Topp Twins ‘striking example’ of power of popular culture

The Topp Twins use comedy as a means to unsettle ideas around gender, sexuality and what it means to be a New Zealander, according to Dr Nicholas Holm, Massey lecturer and programme leader in Media Studies at the Manawatū campus. Dr Holm presented a lecture on the Topp Twins at Te Manawa Museum in Palmerston […]

Refugee play wins international award

A play about the global refugee crisis penned by Massey University theatre lecturer and playwright Associate Professor Angie Farrow has won second place in the International New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest. Her play, The Politician’s Wife, came second equal among almost 250 entries from all over the world. The judges’ commented: “This brilliantly written […]

Māori literature deserves academic recognition

The School of English and Media Studies’ new creative writing lecturer has an ambitious vision – to see Māori literature recognised as distinct field. Award-winning author Dr Tina Makereti, who is Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Rangatahi, Moriori and Pākehā, says people are always surprised to hear that no one offers a single paper […]

“The Winter’s Tale”

Yet another great review for this year’s Summer Shakespeare production, “The Winter’s Tale”.  The production runs until Saturday 11 March 2017.  

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