2017

Searching for Voice, Searching for Reo: The Journey of a Bicultural Composer
A lecture with music examples delivered as the 2017 Lilburn Memorial Lecture, National Library, Wellington, 2 November 2017.  See here for audio, text and images on the Radio NZ website.

Tokotū: Karetao Puppetry Performance
Artist James Webster presents a performance for all ages to celebrate Māori Language Week. The seven puppets are each named after a god who presides over an aspect of taonga puoro musical instruments . Through them, he explores the creation story of Ranginui, Papatūānuku, and their children. Tokotū also includes other taonga puoro, along with singing, chants, and storytelling. James is accompanied by performers Hinemoa Jones, Kokowai Uamairangi, Te Amokura Uerata, Aroha Yates-Smith, Horomona Horo, Regan Balzer, Jerome Mako, Alistair Frazer, and Charles Royal. Te Papa, Soundings Theatre, 17 September 2017, 4pm

2016

Māori Storytelling
A workshop convened by Te Reo Wainene-o-Tua, Te Hāpua Halswell Community Centre, Christchurch, 10 September 2016

 Notes on Indigeneity
A contribution to a plenary panel entitled 'Listening to Country 2' , as part of Performance Climates, July 5-9, convened by Performance Studies International, Meat Market, Arts House, Melbourne, Australia, 8 July 2016

 Māori Creativity in the Post-Treaty Settlement Future
A guest presentation to the New Zealand Studies Network, October Gallery, London, England, 20 June 2016

 Ārai-te-uru: ‘Through the Veil’: Traditional Māori Storytelling and Transformation
A keynote presentation by Charles Royal to a conference entitled ‘Presenting the Theatrical Past: Interplays of Artefacts, Discourses and Practices’, convened by the International Federation of Theatre Research, Stockholm University,  tockholm, Sweden, 13-17 June 2016