Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


The Opinion Club

The Opinion Club is not your ordinary Fringe show. It's online, it's free, and, well, it's a podcast.

For four weeks during the Fringe, you can join host Penny Hall for special “Fringe-themed” episodes of The Opinion Club, the reasonably fun podcast. Hear Josh Stewart (Fresh Dada) chat about aliens and cults, Sam Benton (Energy Theatre) discuss food spread pedantry, Rebecca Parker (Wheels of Justice) talk misspelled tattoos, and Annabel Harris and Abigail Ennor (Little Town Liars) hold court on marketing, museums and the politics of the Classical world. The time for conversation is now, and what a time it is. For the uninitiated, a podcast is kind of like a radio show on the internet, but anyone can do them (as long as they have exceptional skill and charisma). People like Ricky Gervais do them. This particular podcast provides a weekly unscripted conversation between host Penny Hall and her guests, the topics provided by listeners or brought along by the guests. “Episodes wander as easily through discussions on education reform and women's rights as comparisons of Community characters and whether one should scrunch or fold one's toilet paper.”

The Opinion Club is the brainchild of Penny's Christchurch-based production company Hookfish Productions. Starved for conversation in earthquake-worn Christchurch, and unwilling to join a book club because she'd "have to read other people's books", she took to the internet and created The Opinion Club in October 2012, hosting different guests each week. Since then it has gathered a regular and devoted following, with listeners in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Canada, Egypt and France, to say nothing of the legion of fans in Wellington. It is available for download and subscription on iTunes, Android, and directly from its website: www.theopinionclub.com. The podcast is equal parts play and debate, with episodes wandering as easily through discussions on education reform (Episode 7) and women's rights (Episode 4) as comparisons of Community characters (Episode 2) and whether one should scrunch or fold one's toilet paper (Episode 1). “I wanted to contribute something to the internet that focused more on connection and recognising commonality with a stranger than tearing someone apart because they disagree with you,” says Penny. “That notion of common experience is the essence of comedy so we love that aspect of the conversations the podcast provokes, but it's just as valuable when you're talking about more solemn or thought-provoking topics. Being able to be reasonable and to laugh together even as you disagree forcefully with someone, that is a truly great thing.” “The podcast is great to listen to when you’re on a train, plane, car, or any other moving vehicle. You can also listen to it while stationary.”

- iTunes review (5 stars)

Neither Penny nor any of the guests are experts on their conversation topics, but that is really the point: it is fun to listen to people figure things out, to think about one solution to a problem only to find it's a dead-end, or to laugh at the absurdity of something they didn't know before. There is joy in learning how other people think, even if the subject is ridiculous, and even if it is different from what you think yourself. Listen to the Fringe episodes for a bit of fun and argument with some of the finest people involved in the Fringe 2013. Episodes released February 15 and 22, March 1 and 8 (regular episodes available now).

The Opinion Club is available for download on iTunes, Android, and directly from the website: www.theopinionclub.com.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Architecture:
Ian Athfield Dies In Wellington

New Zealand Institute of Architects: It is with great sadness that we inform Members that Sir Ian Athfield, one of New Zealand's finest architects, has passed away in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington Production: New-Look Tracy Brothers Are F.A.B.

ITV and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures today released an exclusive preview of the new-look Tracy brothers from this year’s hotly anticipated new series, Thunderbirds Are Go. More>>

ALSO:

Cardinal Numbers:
Pope Francis Names Archbishop From NZ Among New Cardinals

Announcing a list of bishops to be made Cardinals in February Pope Francis named Archbishop John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, overnight from Rome. On hearing the news of the announcement, Archbishop John Dew said "This news is recognition of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the contribution it makes to the global Catholic family." More>>

ALSO:

Nomenclature: Charlotte And Oliver Top Baby Names For 2014

Charlotte and Oliver were the most popular names for newborn girls and boys in 2014... The top 100 girls’ and boys’ names make up a small proportion of the more than 12,000 unique first names registered for children born this year, says Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriage. More>>

Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news