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May Fono

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Welcome to a rather late after-match report from Banana Boat’s May fono in Grey Lynn.

Present were Edward Peni and David Mamea.

Apologies were received from Grant Bayley, Leilani Unasa and Jenni Heka.

BANANA BOAT BUSINESS

The low turn-out was due largely to someone not giving a gentle heads-up until the night before.

As Edward and David waited for further attendees who did not eventuate, their conversation included the politics of identity in not just Pasifika theatre, but a wide range of media, the state of Pasifika and Maori representation in dramatic media – the TV3 show Harry came up – and the future of Pasifika creative arts.

NEXT FONO

– will be on Thursday 28 February 2013 at the Toi Ora Live Art Studio, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

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April Fono

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Welcome to a very late after-match report from Banana Boat’s April fono in Grey Lynn.

Present were Geraldine Warren, Jonathan Riley, JD Williams and Leilani Unasa.

Apologies were received from Grant Bayley and an in-production Jenni Heka and David Mamea.

BANANA BOAT BUSINESS

There was no business worth mentioning this month.

COMING UP

Eric Smith & Chetan Patel’s second mounting of I Don’t Do Coconut played at TAPAC, Western Springs.

David Mamea’s premiere season of Goodbye My Feleni played at Basement Theatre, Auckland City.

SCRIPT READINGS

Being a super-short meeting, there were no script readings this month.

NEXT FONO

– will be on Thursday 23 May 2013 at the Toi Ora Live Art Studio, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

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February Fono

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Welcome to the after-match report from Banana Boat’s February fono in Grey Lynn.

Present were Deejay Williams, Geraldine Warren, Venus Stephens, and David Mamea.

Apologies were received from Grant Bayley and Jenni Heka.

BANANA BOAT BUSINESS

No business occurred to David to share.

COMING UP

Chris Molloy’s The Last Taniwha runs 4-7 March at the Basement Theatre.

Kila Kokonut Krew’s The Factory is part of the Auckland Arts Festival, 6-24 March at Q Theatre.

Arnette Arapai’s Tongan Morris Men runs 6-9 March at the Musgrove Theatre.

Eric Smith’s I Don’t Do Coconut runs 10-13 March at TAPAC.

Who’s for naming the first week of March Banana Boat Week?!

SCRIPT READINGS

Promised readings by Leilani Unasa and Aroha Awarau did not happen unfortunately. We expect they will happen in the March fono.

NEXT FONO

– will be on Thursday 28 March 2013 at the Toi Ora Live Art Studio, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

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January Fono

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Welcome to a rather late after-match report from Banana Boat’s January fono in Grey Lynn.

Present were Aroha Awarau, Grant Bayley, David Mamea, Leilani Unasa, and Geraldine Warren.

Apologies were received from an in-the-neighbourhood-but-double-booked James Nokise, a deep-in-rehearsal Arnette Arapai, a middle-a-pre-prod Louise Tu’u, and an I’m-in-Rarotonga-with-a-drink-with-a-tiny-umbrella Jenni Heka.

BANANA BOAT BUSINESS

Banana Boat’s end-of-year drinkies function was very well received.

Apparently the trustees met and schemed schemes for the long-term good of the trust. Details to follow.

COMING UP

(Apologies that the lateness of this post means that some of these shows have finished.)

Louise Tu’u’s Horse and other farm animals goes up in mid-February.

Victor Rodger’s Black Faggot premieres in mid-March at the Basement Theatre.

Chris Molloy’s The Last Taniwha opens in early March at the Basement Theatre.

Kila Kokonut Krew’s The Factory is part of the Auckland Arts Festival in March.

… Damn, there’s a lot of brown theatre out there.

SCRIPT READINGS

Grant very generously shared a revised first draft of his maiden screenplay. It was an impressive screenwriting debut, with enthusiasm all round for a second draft.

NEXT FONO

– will be on Thursday 28 February 2013 at the Toi Ora Live Art Studio, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

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November Fono

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Fakaalofa lahi atu
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Welcome to the after-match report from Banana Boat’s November fono in Grey Lynn.

Present were Arnette Arapai, Aroha Awarau, Grant Bayley, Samson Chan-Boon, Jenni Heka, Leki Jackson Bourke, Leroy Lakamu, Shadon Meredith, Natalie Malietoa-Moa, David Mamea, Suli Moa, Leilani Salesa, and Leilani Unasa.

Apologies were received from a night-shootin’ Bobby Romia, an always-giggin’ James Nokise, a lu’au suppin’ Geraldine Warren, a middle-a-rehearsin’ Louise Tu’u, a baby-sittin’ Claire Noble, a catch-uppin’ Teresa Brown, and a stuck-at-work Chris Molloy.

BANANA BOAT BUSINESS

Jenni had something about Spit.It.Out, a reading/performance opportunity for closet-performer writers and brazenly-out-there-already performers. This minute taker has of course lost the piece of paper Jenni entrusted him with – for actual details please either check our Facebook page or email Jenni.

Banana Boat’s end-of-year drinkies will be on Thursday 6 December at the Neighbourhood Bar in Kingsland. Check our Facebook page for more details.

COMING UP

Louise Tu’u’s Gaga: the unmentionable goes up for just two nights: Monday-Tuesday 3-4 December 2012 in Newton.

SCRIPT READINGS

Aroha spoke about his public reading of Luncheon earlier in the week. No matter what was said, David was just gutted on missing out, damn it.

David’s first full-length draft of Goodbye My Feleni was generously read by Shadon, Samson, Andy and Leki, with Leilani U. very kindly reading the directions. David is grateful to everyone’s forbearance for the hour-long reading – and always, grateful for any and all feedback on the draft’s strengths and weaknesses.

NEXT FONO

– will be on Thursday 24 January 2013 at the Toi Ora Live Art Studio, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn. This will be the first fono for 2013.

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