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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Permissions

Sometimes I’ll get to an early stage of developing a project and I’ll stop. It’s not writer’s block, or a gap in character, story and/or background knowledge. You likely already know that at Fortress Mamea, writer’s block is never an issue, the characters write themselves, story is always a cakewalk, and I never let ignorance and incuriosity …

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BSS

Late last month I attended the 2016 Big Screen Symposium in Auckland. It was the second network-y thing I’ve done this year (ah yes, I neglected to mention I attended the 2016 PANNZ Arts Market in Wellington in March). Cue shameless name-dropping as I saw: Alice, Fritha and Pippa from the guild; Leanne, Selina, Christina, Karin, Jasmin and Chris from the commish; …

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Tight Spot

Now that the cavalry element have settled on the same property as The Goddess, they’ve been finding ways to make mischief. The Exmoor Mini in particular has provided entertainment (for me, at least; The Goddess, not so much) by having her own ideas about how things should be done. One of those things is the …

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Scripts

The following list is not exhaustive – some commission projects cannot be listed for contractual reasons. Some scripts are available on request. PLAYS WE ARE MANY (2018) A play inspired by the Womens Mau Movement, who continued passive resistance against the New Zealand occupying forces in 1930s Samoa.   KINGSWOOD (2015) Four old university friends drive …