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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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TIMEWARP: October Fono

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Welcome to an belated after-match report from Banana Boat’s October fono in Grey Lynn.

Present were GRANT BAYLEY, VENUS STEPHENS, and DAVID MAMEA.

BANANA BOAT BUSINESS

Still waiting on that trust update!

Rumours of absent Banana Boaters’ plays being mounted but not being shared!

NEWS TO USE

No news to use this month.

COMING UP

A Banana Boat Newbies Workshop has been scheduled for 26 NOVEMBER 3 DECEMBER. Brace for impact.

SCRIPT READING

A script exercise was sprung on attendees.

NEXT FONO

– will be on THURSDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2011, at the TOI ORA LIVE ART STUDIO, 6 PUTIKI STREET, GREY LYNN.

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August Fono

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Welcome to another late after-match report from Banana Boat’s August fono in Grey Lynn.

Present were GRANT BAYLEY, ANOUSHKA KLAUS, VENUS STEPHENS, and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies were received from an Edinburgh-sited JAMES NOKISE, a whanau-swamped JENNI HEKA, an otherwise-committed GERALDINE WARREN, and a South-bound LEILANI UNASA.

BANANA BOAT BUSINESS

No Banana Boat business news this month.

NEWS TO USE

Playmarket writing clinics are to take place in Wellington and Christchurch in the near future – check the Playmarket website for more information.

There’s a women playwright’s conference in Sweden later in the year – the deadline for application is October. For more information, ask Leilani.

COMING UP

[Due to the lateness of this report, the events have come and gone – but they will always be in the memories of Those Who Were There.]

SCRIPT READING

A script exercise was sprung on attendees: here’s a scene from a well-loved Aotearoa TV-show – fix it!

NEXT FONO

– will be on THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2011 at the Toi Ora Live Art Studio, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SEPTEMBER FONO IS IN GREY LYNN, *NOT* IN MANGERE.

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May Fono

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Welcome to the after-match report from Banana Boat’s May southside fono.

Present were GRANT BAYLEY, VENUS SMITH, JASON TAOUMA, LEILANI UNASA, GERALDINE WARREN, and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies were received from MAUREEN FEPULEA’I, JENNI HEKA, CHETAN PATEL, ERIC SMITH and LOUISE TU’U.

Banana Boat Business

The next slew of Creative Clinics, Newbie Writers Workshop, and proposed Master Class have been pushed back to the Southside Festival (previously the Manukau Festival) in September-October this year. Details will be advised closer to that time.

News to Use

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

Coming Up

It’s almost Matariki by the time you read this, woot woot. Two Bananas have plays in production in a theatre near YOU:

Michael Rewiri-Thorsen‘s play, Strong Hands, has a three day run on 15-17 June at the Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall. Strong Hands is brought to you by Jenni Heka’s HEKAMA CREATIVE production company.

Chris Molloy‘s play, The Last Taniwha, has a three day run on 23-25 June at the Mangere Arts Centre, Mangere. The Last Taniwha is produced by LEILANI.

Banana Boat has booked dates for some Christmas Cheer around late November to early December. Be afraid.

Script Reading

Not so much a reading as a Dragons Den Banana Boat-style as JASON pitched his idea for a feature script he’s working on. He more than held his own as question after question after suggestion were thrown at him. We wish him all the best with his writing and look forward to the next stage of his project.

Writing Exercise

Bananas were put through their paces, first asked to come up with a character description in eight minutes, then given a mere fifteen minutes in which to write a monologue.

Next Fono

– will be on THURSDAY 30 JUNE 2011 at the Toi Ora Live Art Studio, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn. Yes, this is the fifth Thursday of the month – but with Bananas Michael and Chris’s plays running on the third and fourth Thursdays of June respectively, we gots to accommodate, knowwhatimean?

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April Fono

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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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November 2010 Fono

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Welcome to another late after-match report – and the first 2011 Banana Boat broadside.

Present

– were AMBER ARANUI, GRANT BAYLEY, CLAIRE NOBLE, VENUS STEPHENS, GERALDINE WARREN, STAN WOLFGRAMM, JENNI HEKA and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies

– were received from LEILANI UNASA, CHRIS MOLLOY, ERIC SMITH and DANNY AUMUA.

Banana Boat Business

There was a gentle reminder for the Brown Ink sessions – okay, they were generous exhortations. JENNI tempted those present with the promise of Heka Catering putting on the Brown Ink feed.

News to Use

The GRANT BAYLEY LIBRARY is as follows:

The Best Plays of 1969-1970 – Otis L Guernsey, editor

Curtain Times: The New York Theatre 1965-1987 – Otis L Guernsey Jr

Five New Zealand Plays – John Thomson, editor

Jumpers – Tom Stoppard

My Best Play – a self-selected anthology that includes Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham, AA Milne

Objection Overruled – Carolyn Burns

Two Plays by Tom Stoppard: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, and Professional Foul – Tom Stoppard

A webpage will be set aside for this library.

Coming Up

2011 is shaping up to another bumper year for Banana Boat and its yet-unnamed sibling organisation/production-unit. What else did you expect us to say: Watch this space.

Assuming someone (cough) is organised enough, it’s hoped that the February 2011 fono will be held in South Auckland.

Script Reading

GRANT shared a five-minute monologue that emotionally affected all present – technical discussions almost seemed like an insult but it’s one thing to share within a group, and another to share with a cold audience. The Banana Boat always wants its writers to put their best jandle forward ’cause it’s what we do.

Next Fono

– will be on THURSDAY 27 JANUARY 2011 at the usual time and place. This will be the first fono for 2011.

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August 2010 Fono

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Welcome to an egregiously late after-match report.

Although ‘upcoming events’ in the minutes below are long past, ‘recording for posterity’ is a great stick to wave about when memory, inevitably, fails.

Present

– were DANNY AUMUA, GRANT BAYLEY, STUART HOARE, MICHELLE JOHANSSON, AHI KARUNAHARAN, NATANO KENI, MURRAY LYNCH, MARIA, CHRIS MOLLOY, CHETAN PATEL, MICHAEL REWIRI-THORSEN, SARITA SO, VENUS STEPHENS, SHONA TARAI, LEILANI UNASA, GERALDINE WARREN, JENNI HEKA and DAVID MAMEA.

Apologies

– were received from WILL ILOLAHIA, OLE MAIAVA, ERIC SMITH and JAY WILLIAMS.

Banana Boat Business

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.

To this end, an AGM-style meeting is called for October for the group to discuss its future.

News to Use

JENNI plugged the Playmarket Aotearoa/Pasifika Playwrights Competition.

She also gave a gentle reminder about the final in the Playmarket Metro Reading series, Massive Theatre’s in-development Lenny James’ Havoc in the Garden.

LEILANI has been scheming about fundraising along the lines of a charity auction called Hot Chocolate Specials. Exactly what is on the auction block is still to be discussed but the possibilities are intriguing. Get those imaginations working.

It was agreed that the next meeting be held somewhere in South Auckland in recognition of a sizable proportion of the group hailing from down yonder. Details to follow.

Coming Up

JONATHAN RILEY is one of the writers involved with the Stir Fry series.

CHETAN PATEL and ERIC SMITH’s Retro Club Night fundraiser for their I Don’t Do Coconut play is on Friday 5 November at the Pull Bar on Karangahape Road.

Script Reading

LEILANI very generously shared her current script, “Apeshit”, which has been through a Banana Boat workshop earlier in the year. Its concepts and characterisations challenged and drove the group discussion that followed.

Next Meeting

– will be on THURSDAY 23 SEPTEMBER at a South Auckland venue to be arranged.

– will be on THURSDAY 28 OCTOBER at the usual time and place.

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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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