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WHAT S ON AT TE MANAWA
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
THE MIGRATING KITCHEN: ACTIVITIES
& COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
Enjoy cultural activities at Te Manawa with the
communities from The Migrating Kitchen exhibition
over the following weeks:
Zimbabwean Saturday 07 -- Friday 13 April
Saturday 14 -- Friday 20 April
Saturday 21 -- Friday 27 April
Saturday 28 April -- Friday 4 May
Cook Islands Saturday 05 -- Friday 11 May
There will be a cooking demonstration every
Saturday from 2.00 - 3.30pm.
For a detailed programme of events please visit
ROYAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND
TUESDAY 17 APRIL
7.30pm, Te Manawa Art Gallery
Jessie McKenzie, RSNZ Teaching and Learning
Specialist, Royal Society of NZ, Wellington.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION
ABOUT ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES.
THE MIGRATING KITCHEN
NOW OPEN UNTIL 11 MAY
The Migrating Kitchen celebrates the cultural
diversity of Palmerston North and Manawatu,
showcasing the food, families and festivals of six
local ethnic communities -- Bhutanese, Cook
Islands, Filipino, French, Russian and Zimbabwean.
Visit the various 'kitchens' to learn something
about the culture of each community.
Iranian Kitchen Table, Pataka Museum of Arts & Cultures.
Image courtesy of Migrating Kitchen Trust.
Explore Te Manawa after dark on Friday the 13th of April! Listen to a spooky story and take part in
a "creepy crawly" treasure hunt for items in Te Awa -- The River, Heart of Manawatu... but watch
out! There will be a few surprises along the way.
Experience Te Manawa as you never have before using only torchlight to nd your way around.
Call (06) 355 5000 to book and make this Friday the 13th a night to remember for parents and kids
aged six and up. $5 per person (adults and children). Cost includes a hot drink. Please bring your
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: FAMILY TOUR
FRIDAY 13 APRIL
7pm, Te Manawa Museum
Music man and actor Barrett
back for world premiere of play
By JUDITH LACY
We have two double passes to
You Can Always Hand Them Back
to give away. To go in the draw,
email your name, address and
daytime contact number to
11am on Friday, April 13, with
''Roger Hall'' in the subject line.
One entry per person.
Music maestro: Paul Barrett is the musical guy in Centrepoint's latest show, You Can Always Hand Them Back.
Photo: MURRAY WILSON
The twitchy boy from Tawa'' is no
more, replaced by a veteran actor
who is back in Palmerston North for
the first time in 28 years.
Paul Barrett appears in the world
premiere of Roger Hall's play about
grandparents, You Can Always
Hand Them Back, opening at Cen-
trepoint Theatre on Saturday.
Barrett provides the music for the
14 numbers, only leaving the piano
to sing an unaccompanied Christ-
mas carol with George Henare
(Grandpa) and Lynda Milligan
(Grandma). He also sings and -- as
the narrator -- interacts with the
audience and actors.
The 55-year-old has acted in more
than 140 shows and been musical
director for about another 40.
As a young man, Barrett wanted
to train as an actor but was not
given an audition at the country's
then only theatre training insti-
tution, the New Zealand Drama
He said the rejection saddened
and shocked me to the core'' as all
he wanted to do was be an actor.
So he did a bachelor of music
degree with honours at Victoria
University, studying composition
In 1980, aged 23, Barrett made
his professional acting debut at Wel-
lington's Circa Theatre.
It was a momentous occasion in
my life, given that was all I had
wanted to do, to be a professional.''
As well as learning the piano, he
took flute and guitar lessons but
those instruments were not big
enough for his personality.
Barrett was part of Centrepoint's
core cast in 1984 and was in Hall's
Hot Water. A young actor making
his debut in that play was Jeff
trepoint's artistic director and direc-
tor of You Can Always Hand Them
Barrett said the play with music
has some lovely touching moments
every grandparent and parent could
relate to and wonderful music and
lyrics by Peter Skellern.
Between them Barrett, Henare
and Milligan have 100 years'
It's either impressive or scary,
I'm not sure which,'' Barrett said.
He is loving being behind the
piano as he does not get to do it
enough -- professional theatre does
not have many musical shows.
Barrett, who lives in Auckland, is
also a vocal coach and voice artist.
He has narrated about 50 talking
books and voiced more than 1000
Barrett has Tourette's syndrome.
People think they know about
Tourette's but only 10 per cent of
people with the condition yell abuse
in public, he said.
Most people, including Barrett,
have uncontrolled physical and
vocal tics. He has had the condition
since he was 8, but has trained him-
self to control the tics in public.
Tourette's was a huge obstacle to
overcome as actors and musicians
need to start from a point of still-
ness. If you constantly want to do
massive physical jerks you will
never have the required stillness or
fluency, he said.
With Michelanne Forster, Barrett
has written a solo show about his
life and career. Tic Tic premiered in
2010 at the Auckland International
It's not sad, it's as funny as I can
make it. I love to make people laugh
so I mock myself mercilessly.''
He also mocks people he has met,
particularly those at secondary
school who were neither helpful nor
Coming back to Centrepoint's
rehearsal room has been lovely,
though it seems smaller than he
remembers. The dressing rooms are
the same, but the foyer is bigger. It
was a delightful surprise'' to see
the raised seating.
Like many actors who appear at
Centrepoint, Barrett has been in
He played travelling salesman
Paddy Doyle, who was Barbara
Heywood's (Annie Whittle) lover.
Actors walking down the street in
Auckland are a dime a dozen, but
coming to Palmerston North he
realises how popular Shortland
Street is. Shopping with Henare,
Henare Ngatai in the soap, Barrett
sees jaws drop at the checkout when
Henare is recognised.
He does not get recognised now,
but when he was in a Speight's
good on ya mate'' television adver-
tisement he had people, especially
men, doing a double take.
You Can Always Hand Them Back
runs from April 14 till May 26 at
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