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April Fono

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

Present were GRANT BAYLEY, AROHA AWARAU, ERIC SMITH, ARNETTE ARAPAI and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies were received from a Mangere Arts Centre-ushering JENNI HEKA.

BANANA BOAT BUSINESS

David didn’t even have any gossip to share.  Shame.

NEWS TO USE

Playmarket’s Brown Ink 2012 development programme is now open for applications – the deadline is Friday 1 June 2012.

COMING UP

Massive Company‘s The Brave is playing at the Mangere Arts Centre until Sunday 29 April 2012.  Go.  Go now because it’s the main reason why these minutes are up now rather than months from today.

GreyView‘s 3Up opens in June – brace yourself for not one, not two, but three plays from three Banana Boat writers.  The season runs from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 June 2012 at the Herald.  (There’s a public reading of the plays-in-progress in Ponsonby on Saturday 12 May – go here for more details.)

Aroha and Arnette did some stand-up at the Classic since the last fono.  They may do some more there in the near future so start haunting those open-mic nights now.

GreyView’s I Don’t Do Coconut will return in November.

SCRIPT READING

Grant shared the first few pages of an as-yet untitled new play that he’s working on, which sparked some lively talk about love and life.

Aroha shared the first few pages of his play, Luncheon, which was a tasty wee teaser (and Aroha has promised to share more at the next fono, WHICH HE BETTER).

NEXT FONO

– will be on THURSDAY 24 MAY, at Toi Ora Live Art Trust, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

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April Fono

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Tena koutou
Ni sa bula
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Welcome to the after-match report from Banana Boat’s April fono.

Present
were GRANT BAYLEY, ANA CORBETT, JENNI HEKA, CHETAN PATEL, ERIC SMITH, VENUS SMITH, SHONA TARAI, LOUISE TU’U, LEILANI UNASA, GERALDINE WARREN, and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies were received from a not-in-Aucks JAMES NOKISE.

Banana Boat Business

LEILANI proudly announced a Master Class with Kath Akuhata-Brown, to be held in June, made possible in partnership with the New Zealand Film Commission. Watch this space for more details.

News to Use

Playmarket are taking the New Writers and Creative Clinics workshops on the road. Check out their website for more information.

Banana Boat’s Matariki Creative Clinic is looking for some plays to develop. Think you’ve got what it takes? Deadline is 20 MAY 2011. The Clinic itself will be in June. See below for further details.

Playmarket’s Brown Ink initiative, previously the Pasifika and Maori development initiatives, is looking for submissions, due 08 JULY 2011. Get writing.

Coming Up

Correction: the rumour of LOUISE’s Le Tauvaga being mounted in May is untrue. Banana Boat apologises to Louise for the random-seeming queries stemming from last month’s minutes.

Banana Boat clinics are going two for two at this year’s Matariki in June:
– Creative Clinics, 11-12 June, with an evening presentation on Sunday the 12th;
– Newbies Workshop, 12 June.

And speaking of Matariki, two Banana Boat writers’ works will be on:
– CHRIS MOLLOY’s The Last Taniwha; and
– MICHAEL REWIRI-THORSEN’s Strong Hands.

The Creative Clinics will be travelling to the Hawkins Theatre in Papakura in September/October, dates and times to be advised closer to the time.

Banana Boat has already booked dates for some Christmas Cheer in late November, early December. Be afraid.

Writing Exercise

Again. Although it was called a fun activity in introduction, all meeting attendees saw right through that but humoured the creative spirit that is Banana Boat.

Script Reading

Taking a break this month. (And my apologies again to LEILANI for setting the April meeting a whole week earlier than the traditional “fourth Thursday of every month”.)

Next Fono

– will be on THURSDAY 26 19 MAY 2011 at the Mangere Arts Centre, Corner of Orly Avenue and Bader Drive, Mangere. Fono are currently alternating between Grey Lynn and Mangere.

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January 2011 Fono

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Welcome to the after-match report from Banana Boat’s first fono for 2011.

Present

– were GRANT BAYLEY, ERIC SMITH, LEILANI UNASA, GERALDINE WARREN, and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies

– were received from a very busy CHETAN PATEL, a globetrotting LOUISE TU’U and an unwell JENNI HEKA.

Banana Boat Business

Big ups to Maureen Fepulea’i whose play Ono Tama’i Pato was a 2010 Adam New Zealand Play Award shortlistee. Maureen survived a Newbies Workshop run in Manukau last year.

News to Use

Poets Robert Sullivan and Courtney Meredith are running a Writing Workshop at the Fresh Gallery in Otara on FRIDAY 11 FEBRUARY.

Coming Up

The Playmarket and Banana Boat Creative Clinics are back and they want to take YOU and YOUR PLAY to the next level. The deadline for submitting your play is FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY.

The Newbie Writers Workshop is also back: TUESDAY 8 MARCH at The Edge in Auckland CBD. Best register quick to secure a place.

Script Reading

GRANT and LEILANI each shared a monologue they’ve been tinkering with lately.

GRANT’s My Friend Jack and LEILANI’s Girlville couldn’t be more different – each piece engaged those listening and initiated lengthy discussion. We look forward to their presentations out in the world!

Next Fono

– will be on THURSDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2011 at the MANGERE ARTS CENTRE, Corner of Orly Avenue and Bader Drive, Mangere Town Centre. This will be Banana Boat’s first fono south of Grey Lynn – long overdue and, we hope, the first of many.

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October 2010 Fono and AGM

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Welcome to the after-match report.

Present

– were GRANT BAYLEY, CLAIRE NOBLE, CHETAN PATEL, REVEREND MUA PUA, ERIC SMITH, LEILANI UNASA, GERALDINE WARREN, JENNI HEKA and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies

– were received from AHI KARUNAHARAN, CHRIS MOLLOY, JAMES NOKISE and MICHAEL REWIRI-THORSEN.

Banana Boat Business

JENNI gave an excellent presentation on the history, work, and possible future of Banana Boat. In just two years, this ‘loose collective of Pasifika and Maori writers’ has done more than just meet once a month: it has provided its members with workshops, opportunities for development and support, and been absolutely busting to get its members’ works into production.

Banana Boat has indeed come a long way, baby.

The following was discussed and mooted at the August fono:

Banana Boat has been running for two years now. It has reached a point where it must decide what to do:
– to continue as a writers support group;
– to expand or somehow split off into active development and production;
– to find some middle ground; or
– to fold.

The decision is always in the hands of its members.

After discussion of options available to the group, it was unanimously decided for the Banana Boat to seek charitable trust status. This decision includes two proxy votes from the absent MICHAEL and CHRIS.

The following attendees volunteered to be trustees: CHETAN, CHRIS (by proxy), CLAIRE, DAVID, GERALDINE, GRANT, JENNI, MUA, and LEILANI. Among their many tasks is drafting a constitution, deciding things like what a quorum is, and hopefully soon enough, discussing things like strategic directions, and who to hit up for money raising funds not just for the sake of it, but for you.

The following points were made and acknowledged in the meeting regarding members who were not present:
– not all Banana Boat members may agree with the decision taken by those attending this meeting;
– however, all Banana Boat members had been given an opportunity to attend, or at least discuss beforehand, this meeting’s agenda.

Monthly fono will continue in the format to which we are all accustomed, for as long as members want the community and support that these provide.

News to Use

GRANT has generously donated a number of theatre- and writing-related books. These will be listed soon (once David remembers where he put them).

ERIC and CHETAN’s I Don’t Do Coconut” Retro Night fundraiser was held on 5 November to great acclaim and much dancing by JENNI and CLAIRE.

Coming Up

The Auckland Performing Arts Forum will be held on Friday 12 November at The EDGE, Auckland.

Playmarket’s “Brown Ink Sessions” are on Satursday 27 November at Mangere Arts Centre. Jenni’s posted about this already.

Banana Boat’s Christmas do is on Thursday 2 December at Cosh Bar, Ponsonby. More details to follow.

Next Fono

– will be on THURSDAY 25 NOVEMBER at the usual time and place. This will be the last fono for 2010.

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July 2010 Fono

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Welcome to the very late after-match report.

Present

— were GRANT BAYLEY, OLE MAIAVA, ERIC SMITH, VENUS STEPHENS, SHONA TARAI, GERALDINE WARREN, STAN WOLFGRAMM, JENNI HEKA and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies

– were received from LOUISE TU’U, WILL ILOLAHIA, JAY WILLIAMS, CHETAN PATEL and LEILANI UNASA.

News to Use

JUKEBOX SELECTOR was a success with great feedback and $800 dollars raised towards the Jukebox season. Another one of these is in the works so watch those Inboxes and cellphones.

Any day now, David will resume development of the Jukebox short plays. Any day now.

Coming Up

WORKSHOPS Workshops and More Damned Workshops are coming, including one on 19-20 NOVEMBER which will very likely be tied in with Jukebox. More details to follow.

MICHAEL REWIRI-THORSEN’s “Strong Hands” will be mounted with a lo-fi vibe at the Pull Bar in the first week of December.

The LOCK-IN WORKSHOP will take place in early 2011. Three days, two nights, no mod-cons or KFC within walking distance – be very careful what you register for.

LOUISE TU’U’s “Le Tauvaga” is having its reading as part of the Playmarket Metro series on THURSDAY 20 AUGUST, 7pm at the Metro Theatre, Mangere.

Script Reading

— did not happen because DAVID facilitated a group exercise showing them first hand the triumphs and tribulations of writing by committee. There was laughter, discussion, negotiation, compromise and a whole lot of imagination running hot-damned-hot.

Next Meeting

— is THURSDAY 26 AUGUST 2010 at the usual time and place.

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May 2010 Fono

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Welcome to the very late after-match report.

Present

— were ZORA FEILO, RICHARD FOULKES, MIRIA GEORGE, AHI KARUNAHARAN, OLE MAIAVA, CHETAN PATEL, JOHN SAGALA, ERIC SMITH, SARITA SO, VENUS STEPHENS, SHONA TARAI, LEILANI UNASA, JAMES WILSON, JENNI HEKA and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies

– were received from JASON GREENWOOD, JONATHAN P RILEY and LOUISE TU’U.

News to Use

MIRIA – another Writers Block stalwart from Wellington – was warmly welcomed (along with fellow newbies and first-timers, and she brought warm greetings and tidings from down the line.

David updated the group on progress with the JUKEBOX SEASON. Congratulations to those who were selected for development.

UPDATE: Due to not receiving a Creative New Zealand grant this round , it has been agreed with The Edge that the Jukebox season is not viable this year. Being a Polynesian project, it is typically hard to kill. Moves are a-jandle to mount it later in the year. Watch this corner of the boat.

Coming Up

Briar Grace-Smith’s Purapurawhetu – which JENNI HEKA has been full-on busy with lately – will be at the Hawkins Theatre in Papakura from 16-18 June.

MICHAEL REWIRI-THORSEN’s Strong Hands has its reading at the Metro Theatre in Mangere on 17 June.

There’s a MATARIKI INDIGENOUS PEOPLES THEATRE HUI in Wellington 24-26 June. For more details, go to Tawata.

The MANUKAU CREATIVE CLINICS will be taking place on 1-2 July.

Script Reading

DAVID dusted off some old scripts – another television pilot, and a feature script – for the meeting attendees’ entertainment. One was stodgy. One was a howl – though that was largely due to RICHARD’s reading voice.

Next Meeting

— is THURSDAY 24 JUNE 2010 at the usual time and place.

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April 2010 Fono

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Welcome to the after-match report.

Present

— were JASON GREENWOOD, CHRIS MOLLOY, CHETAN PATEL, RASHMI PILAPITIYA, MICHAEL REWIRI-THORSEN, JONATHAN RILEY, JOHNNY SAGALA, ERIC SMITH, VENUS STEPHENS, SHONA TARAI, LEILANI UNASA, JAY WILLIAMS and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies

– were received from REVEREND MUA PUA, JAMES NOKISE, STAN WOLFGRAMM and JENNI HEKA.

News to Use

The Producers Workshop was judged a success, equipping attendees with the knowledge to take their scripts to stage. Feedback included “a good, fantastic workshop”, “maybe it could be a bit more practical”, and “[that there was] so much information it could easily have been three days”. A workshop-crashing JONATHAN was grateful for the good feed put on my the multi-talented Matene Karena. Something to be made available to Banana Boat’s target communities in 2011.

Coming Up

The Jukebox 2010 Season call-out has come and gone.

Anyone who takes their writing seriously are urged to attend the Wellington Matariki Hui which will take place sometime in June – details to follow, probably from JENNI.

To help defray travel costs for the abovementioned Hui, there will be some Fundraising in the throes of organisation by MICHAEL. Beware your Inboxes. Book some wallet- and purse-space.

Banana Boat is taking its Creative Clinics to Manukau on 1-2 July 2010. Watch your email Inboxes and ready your Forward-ing fingers.

Script Reading

— was replaced by dissection and discussion of a couple of two-minute scenes. Questions and answers flowed, including: How much information can you fit into dialogue without boring your audience to tears? More than you think. How much character can you show through action and with no dialogue? You’d be surprised.

DAVID then facilitated a session of spitballing ideas and methods of execution with the opening words, “I’ve got this idea for a project…” Possibly not as satisfying as his January foray because the project under discussion was at a very early conceptual stage. He should stop doing this as there are all sorts of intellectual property issues waiting to ambush him down the track. Unless of course he made the project up on the night and the whole thing was just, like, an exercise.

Next Meeting

— is THURSDAY 27 MAY 2010 at the usual time and place.

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March 2010 Fono

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Welcome to the after-match report.

Present

— were ELENA BOLLINO, MESEPA EDWARDS, RICHARD FOULKES, WILL ILOLAHIA, OLE MAIAVA, CHRIS MOLLOY, CHETAN PATEL, MICHAEL REWIRI-THORSEN, JOHNNY SAGALA, ERIC SMITH, JASON TE KARE, LOUISE TU’U, LEILANI UNASA, JENNI HEKA and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies

– were received from JASON GREENWOOD, MICHELLE JOHANSSON, JONATHAN RILEY and STAN WOLFGRAMM.

Stuff

JASON brought greetings from the legendary Writers Block writers group in Wellington, established by Hone Kouka in 1999.

The March Creative Clinics were judged a success – participants gained a lot from all three workshops provided, whether it was the one-on-one with Albert Belz, the workshop with James Wilson and some tame actors, or writing-for-newbies by DAVID.

A gentle reminder was given regarding the Producers Workshop in early April.

UPDATE: The workshop was fully booked and is half-way through as this is being typed.

Coming Up

Banana Boat is working to mount a Jukebox 2010 Season in late July with help from Creative New Zealand. Watch your email Inboxes.

Anyone who takes their writing seriously are urged to attend the Wellington Matariki Hui which will take place sometime in June – details to follow, probably from JENNI.

Banana Boat is taking its Creative Clinics to Manukau on 1-2 July 2010. Watch your email Inboxes.

Script Reading

— was courtesy of Playmarket: Jo Randerson‘s Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong. MICHAEL was very game in reading all seven pages of this one-hander despite being the wrong gender.

Next Meeting

— is THURSDAY 22 APRIL at the usual time and place.

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