January 2010 Fono

Ni sa bula
Taloha ni
Talofa lava
Fakaalofa lahi atu
Malo e lelei
Kia orana
Tena koutou

Welcome to the after-match report.

Present were JODY HOANI, MICHELLE JOHANSSON, MATENE KARENA, CHETAN PATEL, MICHAEL REWIRI-THORSEN, ERIC SMITH, LOUISE TU’U, JENNI HEKA and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies were received from the reverend MUA PUA.

INAUGURAL 2009 JUKEBOX

Good vibes were reported from various quarters about the Jukebox in December 2009. The evening was judged to be a success, and the group looks forward to making it a regular event on the theatre landscape.

2010 CREATIVE CLINICS

By the time these minutes have been posted, the deadline for Banana Boat’s Inaugural Creative Clinics will have come and gone – but if you’re on the right email-lists, that would be old news; and if you’re not, 2011 is another year.

These clinics give playwrights and their scripts the opportunity to have:

— a half-day workshop with Massive Theatre’s JAMES WILSON; and/or

— a half-day one-on-one script lab with ALBERT BELZ (“Where’s New Net”).

The clinics take place on MONDAY and TUESDAY, 8-9 MARCH, 10:00am to 4:30pm, at the COUNCIL CHAMBERS in the Auckland Town Hall. The clinics are open to the public for a look-behind-the-scenes kind of thing so don’t be shy.

The 2010 Banana Boat Creative Clinics are made possible with the support of AUCKLAND CITY CREATIVE COMMUNITIES and PLAYMARKET.

2010 PRODUCERS WORKSHOPS

The Banana Boat is ALSO proud to announce the upcoming 2010 Producers Workshops that will take place over two SATURDAYS, 10 and 17 APRIL 2010, at The Edge.

A call for applications will go out soon (once the flurry over the Creative Clinics dies down a little) but fear not: there will be a deadline, there will be application criteria, there are limited places – the whole kit and caboodle that you love so much.

EVEN MORE UPCOMING STUFF

Banana Boat is responding to the call for a LIGHTING & SET DESIGN WORKSHOP and is working on it for – hopefully – later this year.

There is a WRITERS’ RETREAT in planning stages for the last quarter of 2010. This replaces the Pasifika Forum that usually happens around now (or soon).

IN OTHER NEWS

– ERIC SMITH and CHETAN PATEL’s “I Don’t Do Coconut” will open the Banana Boat’s 2010 Reading Series in late March – watch this space (or email Eric).

– MICHELLE JOHANSSON’s “Uso” (previously titled “Impact”) premieres on 10 March 2010 at the Musgrove Theatre – for more details, go to http://blackfriarscompany.blogspot.com.

SCRIPT READINGS —

… were not possible due to an uncooperative printer.

So David got up, set up a whiteboard and said, “I’ve got this idea for a story…” Sixty minutes went rather quickly as —

— David outlined the bones of his concept: he had three – no, four – no, three – characters and specific production constraints —

— the group spitballed and discussed and took numerous detours about the concept —

— characters were modified and pummelled —

— themes were tossed into the ring and kicked about —

— and the narrative structure was hassled and harried.

People seemed to enjoy it. David’s just happy the group did the heavy lifiting for him on his project.

NEXT MEETING —

— is on THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2010 at the usual time and place.

SCRIPTS TO BE READ —

— at future meetings are welcome on a first-in, first-served and time-permitting basis. To avoid disappointment, getting in touch with David or Jenni at least a week beforehand will increase the chances of your script being read.

Only complete act/s for full-length plays, or complete one-act or short plays are read by the group. First-time attendees’ scripts will not be read. Scripts will need to be printed and copied at the writer’s expense.

If you have any questions, suggestions or requests, please don’t hesitate to email me, or call Jenni on 09 365 2648 (Mondays, Thursday-Fridays, business hours).

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