Pet is a dark and humorous short story collection that explores our relationships with children, lovers, and other animals. The Pet Podcast is made in collaboration with Otago Access Radio. Thanks to Creative New Zealand for making this podcast possible.
Episode Two: Best-dressed Possum
Cultures clash at the school fair.
Read by Phil Vaughan
For 18 years Phil hosted nationwide breakfast radio shows on 91ZM, The Breeze and More FM, and presented television programmes including What Now? and Good Morning. Phil has worked as a writer, production manager and First AD in television and film productions in New Zealand and overseas. He has acted in numerous plays, musicals, films and TV shows, and recently returned to the big screen in NZ Feature Film This Town, set to be released later this year. Phil voices radio plays and short stories for National Radio, and has appeared in numerous TV commercials.
Episode Three: Good Dog
A trip down to the shops goes badly awry.
Read by Emma Wood
Emma Wood is an experienced communications specialist, voiceover artist, book reviewer and children’s author with an extensive background in radio journalism and broadcasting. She lives in Dunedin with her family, which includes one very good dog.
Episode Four: The Hoarder
Two very different women hoard in very different ways.
Read by Alison Cowan
Alison Cowan has a wide variety of creative interests. Past performing adventures have included barbershop singing, teaching and performing Flamenco dancing, and even dipping a toe into poetry slamming. She has been seen on stages in Auckland, London (a very small one, a long way from Shaftesbury Ave), Hokitika (last century), and Dunedin. Recent acting highlights have included Sylvia at The Globe, Crunchy Silk at the NAT, Marine Snow in the 2019 Fringe Festival, and Bonking James Bond at the Firehouse Theatre in Mosgiel. All of this sparked by reciting a poem at her kindergarten Christmas show, when she was four.
Episode Six: Luna's Crew
An aspiring social media influencer bites off more than he can chew.
Read by Lachie Oliver-Kerby
A graduate of the University of Otago and New Zealand Radio Training School, Lachie is a writer, actor, broadcaster, voiceover artist and musician (under the Chadley Biscuits alias) with an aptitude for the absurd. Having grown up in both Hong Kong and New Zealand training to become both a performer and rugby player, Lachie has settled on a life of passionate polarity.
Episode Seven: The Quickening
During a drunken academic retreat, technology takes over.
Read by Terry MacTavish
Terry MacTavish is an actor, teacher, director, dancer and reviewer, writing for theatreview.org.nz, teaching Drama and English at Queen’s High, advising the Dept of Education and tutoring at Otago
University, as well as performing on stage, radio and television and touring with Dunedin Dance Theatre. Terry was given the Theatre Industry’s Silver Award for 50+ Professional Productions, which
include plays by Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, Schiller, Shakespeare, Middleton, Sophocles, Brecht, Shaw, Sheridan, Wycherley, Goldsmith, Wilde, Pinter, Fugard, McNally, TS Eliot, Noel Coward, Dylan Thomas, Tennessee Williams, James Joyce, Aphra Behn, Caryl Churchill, Sarah Daniels, Margaret Edson, Bryony Lavery, Louise Page, Jean Betts, Sarah Delahunty, Michelanne Forster, Emily Duncan, Amy Wright and many more, including creating a role for our revered Renee. Terry has represented NZ for SGCNZ at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, is a member of the Dunedin Reviewers Collective that hosts the annual Theatre Awards, and in 2019 was awarded the MNZM for Services to Theatre
Episode Eight: The Trapeze Artist
Postnatal psychosis, or a dazzling new career path?
Read by Shireen Shah
After training at Manchester School of Theatre, Shireen toured with Taming of the Shrew, Christmas Carol, Grease, Paddington Bear, Jesus Christ Superstar and more. She has featured in BBC radio dramas, and presented World Service and BBC TV. She has appeared on TV shows including The Bill, Coronation Street, Shameless, Casualty, Eastenders and Prime Suspect. Her film work includes Bharji on the Beach, Maila, Frozen, Rehab, Jinnah, and the NZ short film Link. Shireen particularly loves to work on new plays.
Episode Ten: Heterochromia
An aspiring artist and a half-hearted activist have more in common than they realise.
Read by Meko Ng
Meko Ng, 19, is a second year student at the University of Otago who is completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre Studies. Originally from Hong Kong, Meko has made many contributions to the performing arts community in Dunedin, including performing in the University’s Lunch Time Theatre, and the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival.
Episode Eleven: Fool's Gold
Farming and motherhood collide.
Read by Helen Fearnley
Helen has been a theatre addict since childhood, originally training in the UK through Wessex Drama and L.A.M.D.A qualifications in performance and voice, before obtaining a BA in Theatre and Performance from the University of Warwick. Since moving to New Zealand, Helen has become a founding member and proud trustee of Dunedin's Suitcase Theatre, Committee Member for the Globe Theatre and has received two Outstanding Performance awards in the Dunedin Theatre Awards.
Episode Twelve: The Fishhook
In an imagined near future, two girls battle for a better life.
Read by Iona Winter
Iona Winter writes in hybrid forms exploring the landscapes between oral and written words. Her work is created to be performed, and has been widely published and anthologised. She is the author then the wind came (2018) and Te Hau Kāika (2019). Iona is of Waitaha, Kāi Tahu and Pākehā descent, and lives on the East Otago Coast.
Episode Fourteen: Women's Studies
A student's part-time job is at odds with her career aspirations.
Read by Lara Macgregor
Lara works as an actor, director, dramaturg and performance coach. She studied acting in New York City, has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Directing from The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and has held roles as Associate Artistic Director at The Court Theatre and Artistic Director at Fortune Theatre. Acting highlights include: Annie Wilkes - Misery, Lady Macbeth - Macbeth, Lauren Grant - Burn Her, Younger Elizabeth - When the Rain Stops Falling, and Veronique - God of Carnage.
Episode Fifteen: The Pack
As his hangover clears, he knows something's gone horribly wrong.
Read by Mark Neilson
Mark Neilson is a proudly Dunedin based actor, voice artist, writer and puppeteer. Recent gigs include TV1's One Lane Bridge (Great Southern Television) and Black Christmas (Blumhouse Productions). Mark was heard recently on Choice TV's Wildlife Rescue. Mark shares his home with his lovely wife, three blonde daughters, one fluffy black dog, and a lot of half-finished jobs.
Episode Sixteen: The Lucky Numbers
Ageing rockers still hope to hit the big time.
Read by Kate Orgias
Since 2000, Kate has worked in both public and commercial radio, communications/marketing and content creation. She’s currently a Masters in Creative Writing student at AUT, and freelancing as a voice artist, researcher, producer and podcast editor. Born in Whanganui, Kate grew up in Tāmaki Makaurau, studied broadcasting in Ōtautahi and journalism in Whanganui-a-Tara.