KINGSWOOD: post-reading

By Sicbird – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39196356 After a two-day workshop under the direction of Katie Wolfe and Ahi Karunaharan, with dramaturg Jo Smith providing overwatch, Kingswood was read by Jason Te Kare, Louise Tu’u, Joy Vaele, and Jason Wu on a warm Wednesday evening in Balmoral, Auckland. The audience laughed in the right …

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KINGSWOOD: a reading

What’s the connection between film director Katie Wolfe, writer Jo Smith, Radio New Zealand producer Jason Te Kare, theatre practitioner Louise Tu’u, and thespians Joy Vaele and Jason Wu? They’re all pitching in for a reading of Kingswood later this month! If you’re curious, in the neighbourhood, or at a loose end on the (almost) eve of Easter Weekend: Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 6:30pm Auckland …

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KINGSWOOD: a workshop

Last weekend, the wonderful people at Titirangi Theatre granted the script and I a one-day workshop in which the script was read, scenes were stood up, and a number of passages blocked out for a semi-public (The Goddess joined us specifically) reading at day’s end. Praise be to: workshop director — and Titirangi Theatre president — Duncan Milne; and the very …

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KINGSWOOD: Prelude

Last weekend, I nipped down to my oul’ hometoon and ran into this: Cuba Street closed to traffic, its footpaths and road filthy with pedestrians, all of it sprinkled with light rain showers and a very family-friendly vibe: a street festival called Cuba Dupa. Nice. I walked past the crowded foodstalls with their mouthwatering aromas and found sanctuary …

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Kingswood

Below is the text of a two-minute pitch I presented at PANNZ Marketplace earlier this week. I have an old VHS tape at home. It’s got a road trip my friend Stevo and I did of the South Island. Partway through the video there are a couple of minutes of some shaky-cam of the road, …

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Mr Parker

I’ve come some way since my unforgivable near total ignorance of Dean Parker’s oeuvre. I’ve tried to make up for it ever since. (And just as well as I’ve had the pleasure and honour of meeting him on occasion.) I’m not afraid to say it: I’m a fan. I found this excellent quote at The Listener: What advice might …

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One More Schmooze

The other week, I went to the changing of the guard at the Auckland Playmarket office: Stuart Hoar is moving on to less reading (of other people’s writing) and more writing (of his own) (which is as it should be), and will be replaced by Allison Horsley, formerly Court Theatre Literary Manager. There was food and drink on hand, and …

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STILL LIFE WITH CHICKENS: a clinic

Last weekend, thanks to the administrations of the indefatigable Salesi Le’ota at Playmarket, Still Life With Chickens enjoyed a workshop directed by Andrew Foster, dramaturged by the redoubtable Stuart Hoar, and with the collective acting prowess of Iaheto Ah Hi, Jess Robinson and Louise Tu’u. Where the last Kingswood workshop generated the words offensive, adolescent, puerile and crass to describe the play, this latest workshop elicited symbolism, surrealist and existentialist. Believe me, …

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