Voice Arts Trust Directing

D.I.Y Collective

Working in partnership with the CAP Team at City Housing, we have created a tenant theatre company – D.I.Y Collective: an open group for any city housing tenants with a burning desire for, or gentle curiosity about performance art.

Having worked over the years with a number of city housing tenants on various projects, we know there’s a huge wealth of creative talent out there and we intend harnessing that talent on and off stage. 

Who are we

The first half of this year we will be working with our Tenant drama group to create a performance exploring the theme “Who Are We!” We will be using spoken word, drama and song to capture stories that explore blood lines, ancestors, those who have gone before.  The group will be performing for the wider community as part of Matariki celebrations.

Stand Up Speak Up

This project is a series of workshops with community volunteers from City Housing.  The focus is on speaking publicly and presentation skills. For many volunteers speaking to groups of people is part of their role in the community, and it is a challenge for the best of us at the best of times. We will be building confidence, capacity and skills in this area, and preparing some participants to present at the annual Neighbours Day celebrations.

What Sustains Us

Our tenant theatre company – The DIY Theatre Collective – is embarking on their second devised theatre project, this time working towards a performance for City Housing’s Christmas celebrations in early December.  Their work will explore the question: What sustains us?

  • Community
  • Family
  • Hope
  • Children
  • Happiness
  • Hope

A devised show with live music and theatre 

He Aha Te Utu: The True Cost

A devised piece of work inspired by the stories of our participants and their families about the roles of women in WW1.

This project was supported by the British Council and the Goethe Institute in the foundation of the project. We were supported by Wellington City Council for taking the show on tour across the Wellington Region