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THE PLAYMARKET eBULLETIN - JUNE 2013
News and opportunities for New Zealand Playwrights.
eBULLETIN
JUNE 2013


‘Is there a better way to live a life than sitting in an audience and knowing that you have made a world that for ninety minutes or so, for four or five weeks, would never have existed without you.’

Joanna Murray-Smith 

 
Kia ora <<First Name>>

The fact there’s been plenty to occupy us in the offices is making the months move by so quickly. In Auckland, Stuart has been reading up a storm – new client work has been flowing in and a gratifying number of scripts were submitted for the Brown and Asian Ink callout. In Wellington, Salesi has been circulating a huge number of scripts throughout the country and around the world; and among other duties has organised three clinics in as many weeks. We’ve welcomed Nick Doherty who has leapt into the numerous projects on the go at the licensing and bookshop desk. Nick is employed on maternity cover for Aneta who is now on leave. We wish her a happy time preparing for the arrival of her new baby.
 
All of us have been in preparation for Under Construction, our play development event in Auckland next month. We are pleased to have Playwriting Australia participating as part of our exchange programme: Tim Roseman, Director of Playwriting Australia, will be there and will participate in discussions with local professional theatres; Declan Greene, a much in demand playwright, will have one of his plays read (more on Declan here); and Jane Bodie, a terrific playwright and a very experienced tutor, will lead the playwriting workshop. I hope you can sign up for the class and take advantage of her expertise. You can find out about her work here. For the main course, four kiwi playwrights will have their work read. These plays will be announced in a few days time. Full information on Under Construction can be found below.
 
The three Playmarket volumes in preparation are making exciting reading and Mark Amery has the 2013 Annual, this year focusing on Wellington, under tight control. Meanwhile negotiations are underway for programming of theatres for 2014, and the growth of work being staged by community theatres and schools continues to excite us all. 


Nga mihi mahana
Murray Lynch - Director of Playmarket




NEW WORK DEVELOPMENT 18-20 JULY 2013, AUCKLAND

PLAYWRITING MASTERCLASS WITH JANE BODIE 

THURSDAY 18 JULY 10am – 4pm $120 (maximum of 10 participants)
Travel subsidy may be available. Apply to Stuart Hoar here.

The masterclass will look at the fundamental mechanics of playwriting craft, with a focus on the possibilities of theatrical structure - how to structure your play to best deliver its emotional narrative.

Jane is a critically acclaimed writer for theatre, film and TV. Currently the Artistic Associate at Griffin Theatre Company, Jane was Head of Playwriting at NIDA from 2009 – 2012, having established the hugely successful course. She taught on the Young Writers Course at the UK'S Royal Court Theatre and for the National Theatre Studio. She currently works as a mentor for Playwriting Australia. Her plays, including This Year’s Ashes, which premiered to critical acclaim at Griffin Theatre last year, A Single Act (winner of the Premier Literary Award 2006), RideFourplayOut Night One and Still have played all over the world, from London to New York, Australia, Ireland and Brazil. She has also written extensively for TV and Radio, including The Secret Life of Us, Crash Burn, Channel 4’s No Angels and Moving Wallpaper and several plays for Radio Four and ABC Radio National. This year she is writing her first novel and completing a screenplay for the UK.

EARLY DEVELOPMENT SHOWINGS 
FRIDAY 19 JULY 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
Rehearsed readings of three brand new NZ plays in early development. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for further details. To observe contact Salesi Le'ota here.

PLAY READING 
8 GB OF HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY by DECLAN GREENE
SATURDAY 20 JULY 1pm $10 (bookings open soon)

A rehearsed reading of a new play by Declan Greene. Eight-Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography won the Max Afford Playwrights' Award and was developed by Playwriting Australia at the 2012 National Script Workshop. 


Declan is an Australian playwright who will be in New Zealand as part of the Playmarket and Playwriting Australia exchange programme. As a writer, his plays include Moth, Pompeii, L.A., and Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, and have been produced at the Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House, and the Bush Theatre, London. Awards include the Malcolm Robertson Prize, the Max Afford Playwright's Award, and the Green Room Award for Best Original Writing. Current commissions include Melbourne Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre. He collaborates with Ash Flanders under the name Sisters Grimm, and has co-devised and directed all their shows to date, including Little Mercy (Sydney Theatre Company) and Summertime in the Garden of Eden.

PLAY READING 
TITLE TO BE CONFIRMED
SATURDAY 20 JULY 4pm $10 (bookings open soon)

A rehearsed reading of a new NZ play in late development.Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for further details.


NEWS 

b4 25 COMPETITION WINNERS
Playmarket is thrilled to announce the winning plays and playwrights for 2013. Each of them will receive Playmarket development assistance.
WINNERS: Sam Brooks for Queen and Jess Sayer for Speak
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cassandra Tse for Right Dishonourable
Congratulations to Sam, Jess, Cassandra and all our other finalists.


CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to our friends who were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours:
Albert Wendt, CNZM, appointed as a Member of The Order of New Zealand for services to New Zealand.
Dawn Sanders, QSM, appointed as an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre.
Sam Scott, appointed as a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre.

Phillip Braithwaite, this year's Adam NZ Play Award winner, has been appointed the William Evans Teaching Fellow in Theatre Studies (Playwriting) at Otago University.

Congratulations to Lauren Jackson who won the Children's Jury Evo Promotional Award at the 59th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany for her short film I’m Going to Mum’s. Lauren’s film is also a finalist in the NZ International Film Festival’s Short Film Competition as is Oscar Kightley’s film Tom’s Dairy. Read more here


Pacific Underground, New Zealand’s longest running Pasifika performing arts group, celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a series of shows. Island Summer by Pos Mavaega opens at the Fortune Theatre, Dunedin on Saturday 8th June 2013. Read more here

MATARIKI DEVELOPMENT FESTIVAL

Matariki Development Festival by Tawata Productions is an international indigenous playwrights’ festival held in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Developing new scripts by Maori playwrights and featuring international artists, Rachael Maza from Aboriginal Australia and Yvette Nolan from First Nation Canada.
Playwrights featured in the MDF 2013 include Nancy Brunning, Vicki-Anne Heikell, Rob Ringiao Lloyd, Moana Ete, Tangaroa Emile, Kali Kopae & Miria George.


Rehearsed Readings 1pm Friday June 21 and 1pm Saturday June 22 at Circa Theatre. Nau mai, Open to All, Free of Charge!

OPPORTUNITIES

PLAYS FOR THE YOUNG
 
A competition to find strong, original and inventive writing for young people! From those new to writing for the young, and the experienced, from
 adaptations of fairy tales for tiny children, to plays written by teachers especially for the classroom, to the most searing explorations of adolescence written by teenagers themselves.
Submissions close Wednesday 31 July 2013
See here for more information.

 

ROBERT LORD COTTAGE RESIDENCY
Robert Lord's worker's cottage in Dunedin is run as a rent-free residency for writers.
To date, playwrights who have lived and worked there include Gary Henderson, Renee, Jan Bolwell, Vanessa Rhodes, Vincent O'Sullivan, Branwen Millar and Paul Rothwell.
To apply for the residencies in 2013 send your cv and a statement of the project you propose to work on to Murray Lynch.
Applications close Monday 1 July 2013
Read more here


TE TIRA TA MAI TE UPOKO
Having the support of a writers' group can be invaluable to the development of a playwright and their work - it is a place where you can debate ideas, learn new skills and, most importantly, hear your work.
Playmarket’s new writers' group for Maori and Pasifika playwrights in the Wellington region will be meeting every second Saturday of the month at Playmarket's Wellington office.
The next meeting is 8 June 2013 11am - 1pm.
Please come along with your ideas, work and kai to share. For more details contact Whiti Hereaka here.


CIRCA THEATRE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2014 PROGRAMME  
The Circa Council is currently encouraging submissions from established professional theatre directors to be considered for the 2014 Circa Theatre programme. There will be a Pitch Presentation Day on Saturday, 20 July, at which Circa will invite those submissions of interest to present.
Submissions will be accepted until Friday 14 June for inclusion in the Pitch Day.
Read more here 



AUCKLAND THEATRE COMPANY NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL OF NEW WORK

Auckland Theatre Company’s Literary Unit is calling for submissions of full-length plays (either original works or adaptations) for its annual festival of new work.
Three plays will be selected for the 10 day workshop process followed by a season of 2 public presentations 15 - 17 November 2013.
See their website here for more information.

Deadline for Submissions: 15 July 2013

BANANA BOAT
Banana Boat, a loose bunch of Pasifika and Maori writers, meets once a month to share and share alike.  The next fono is at Toi Ora Live Art Studio, 6 Putiki St, Grey Lynn on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 7pm
Read more here


SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS
Kathryn Burnett’s popular Auckland workshops continue throughout 2013. See her website here for courses and dates including Kickstart, a one day workshop designed to get your project out of your head and on to the page.

CLNZ/NZSA RESEARCH GRANTS
Research Grants sponsored by Copyright Licencing NZ and the NZ Society of Authors are now open for 2013 applications. The first grant (for either fiction or non-fiction) will be for a fellowship at the Stout Centre in Wellington. In addition to the $3500 this grant offers a residential fellowship at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University for up to three months.
The open research grant, also for a $3,500 award for fiction or non-fiction, will be awarded to a project-based application where the applicant is able to specify where the research is to take place.
For more information visit the NZSA website here or contact the National office here
Submissions close 26 June 2013

 
EAT PROJECT GRANTS NOW OPEN
The Emerging Artists Trust will consider funding any part of a film, theatre or visual arts project as long as the applicant/participants are deemed to be emerging and are able to meet the stipulated criteria in the application guidelines. The applicant must demonstrate the need for this funding and ensure that the project will benefit the Wellington arts community. The grants are for film, theatre and visual arts projects – up to $1000 per project. For more information visit the EAT website here         
Applications close 21 June 2013

BLASTS FROM THE PAST

Stuart Hoar, Mervyn Thompson and Sebastian Black at the 1986 workshop for Stuart's play Squatter.



The original cast of Joyful and Triumphant by Robert Lord, Circa Theatre, 1992.

Both these images appear in Playmarket 40, a celebration of playwriting in New Zealand since the founding of Playmarket in 1973, to be published in November and edited by Laurie Atkinson.

ARTICLES

 
THEATRE DIRECTORS ARE HOOKED ON CLASSICS AS THE ADAPTATION TAKES OVER
Rosemary Neill in The Australian
A wave of adapted, foreign classics surging across the Australian theatrical landscape is alienating playwrights and ratcheting up tensions between supporters of a director-led auteur theatre and a more literary, writer-centred theatre.

Read more here

THE LOCAL VOICES BEING SWEPT OFF THE STAGE
Rosemary Neill in The Australian
Following on from her original article Rosemary Neill finds that in some areas of Australian theatre there is an astonishing lack of respect for dramatists and the literary value of plays.
Read more here

THEATRE DEBATE IS A GENERATIONAL BATTLE FOR THE AGES
Ralph Myers, Artistic Director of Belvoir St Theatre, responds to Neill’s articles here


NOT TAKING NO FOR AN ANSWER
Bill Aitchison for artsHub
Having twice been rejected for Arts Council funding, British artist Bill Aitchison took matters into his own hands, with surprising results.
Read more here


JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH ON SUCCESS
From www.pwa.org.au
2013 is a milestone year for Joanna Murray-Smith, one of Australia’s most acclaimed playwrights. Four main stage theatre companies in Australia will present her work this year, with new plays opening at Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company as well as a new adaptation at State Theatre Company of South Australia, plus a production at Black Swan State Theatre Company in Perth in June. Sounds like a playwright’s dream, right?
Read more here


WHAT DOES FREELANCE SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?
Eleanor Turney in The Guardian
Success. It's a slippery word, isn't it? And outside a traditional career model – without appraisals, line management, incremental pay rises, feedback, promotion paths – it's even harder to get a grip on what it might mean. Outside a standard career, when do you know you've made it? From commissions to cash, Eleanor Turney counts the ways
Read more here


TAKE (MORE THAN) FIVE: THE ARGENTINE PRODUCTION MODEL
Paz Pardo for HowlRound
In the Argentine model of theatre making on the independent circuit a year of rehearsal is normal and three months is rushed. Where, in the United States, many productions close seven weeks after the first read, successful shows in Buenos Aires measure their run in years. 
Read more here


FRANCA RAME OBITUARY
John Francis Lane in The Guardian
Obituary for Franca Rame, leading Italian actor, playwright, actor and militant leftwing politician who was the wife and professional partner of Dario Fo.
Read more here 

HOW DOES COPYRIGHT WORK IN SPACE?
Glenn Fleishmann for The Economist
Chris Hadfield has captured the world's heart, judging by the 14 million YouTube views of his free-fall rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded on the International Space Station. But when the man fell to Earth in a neat and safe descent after a five-month stay in orbit, should he have been greeted by copyright police? Commander Hadfield was only 400 km up, so he was still subject to terrestrial intellectual-property regimes, which would have applied even if he had flown the "100,000 miles" mentioned in the song's lyrics, or millions of kilometres to Mars. His five-minute video had the potential to create a tangled web of intellectual-property issues. How does copyright work in space?
Read more here 

WHAT'S ON?
 
Two Fish ‘n’ A Scoop
By Carl Nixon
Centrepoint 8 June – 6 July 2013 
The path of true love never does run smoothly – and for Jason and Rhea, racial and cultural differences, as well as trouble from friends and family, soon threaten to derail their burgeoning romance. A love story that's as Kiwi as fish'n'chips.







Dancing in the Wake
By Jan Bolwell

National Tour throughout June
The gripping story of an extraordinary and talented young woman who grew up in the shadow of her famous father, James Joyce. Visit here for tour details.




 
Tu
By Hone Kouka

Tawata Productions at Circa Theatre 15 – 29 June 2013 
A majestic story of love, redemption, whanau and brotherhood. Patricia Grace’s award-winning novel is the inspiration for this powerful return to the stage by celebrated playwright and director Hone Kouka.Tu is an epic tale set against 1940s Wellington, the battlefields of Monte Cassino and post war Tairawhiti on the North Island's East Coast.

 
Sydney Bridge Upside Down
Adapted from the novel by David Ballantyne

Taki Rua at Lawson Field Theatre, Gisborne 13 – 14 June and Downstage  21 June – 6 July 2013
Terrible happenings take place at the abandoned meatworks in Calliope Bay, a forbidden and dangerous place, where the cries of animals being slaughtered can be heard in the wind. It’s a place where young Harry finds himself drawn, a place where accidents happen. A place where people die…


Play With Words
BATS 18 – 22 June 2013
Five emerging playwrights present new scripts in development during a week of playreadings in the theatre. See a different, original script each night, give your feedback, and be part of the process from draft to opening night.





Short + Sweet Theatre
The Edge 18 - 30 June
The festival where Auckland's best writers. directors and actors present plays in just ten minutes! You'll laugh, you'll cry then move on to the next play. A night of theatre that's captivating, funny, novel, absurd and touching. Decide on your favourite play, vote for it and help it progress to the Gala Final.



 
Kings of the Gym
By Dave Armstrong

Court Theatre 29 June – 10 August 2013
Laurie Connor is an old-school P.E. teacher whose comfortable existence is challenged when a new headmistress decides to modernise the syllabus and do away with such terms as "winners" and "losers". The writer of Seven Periods With Mr Gormsby, The Motor Camp and The Tutor delivers another laugh-out-loud Kiwi comedy.

 
The Exercise Book Live
BATS 13-15 June 2013 
BATS is partnering with the International Institute of Modern Letters to bring you three evenings of insight into the writers' workshop. Join students and graduates of the IIML as they workshop writing generated by prompts from Victoria University Press' The Exercise Book live and unrehearsed. 

 
 
Janeece Gunton: Herstory
By Tom Sainsbury and Yvette Parsons

The Basement 18-29 June 2013 


Janeece is the go-getting matriarch of the Gunton clan. She's dealing dope, turning tricks and benefit-frauding her way to some quality me time on a floating casino cruise on the Mediterranean. All she needs is a wallet full of cash to get started on the tables. And to get shot of her dying hubby, leeching daughter and a pesky fraud investigator...
 
C – A Musical
By Paul Jenden and Gareth Farr

Circa Theatre 6 July – 3 August 2013 
Jenden’s ongoing treatment for cancer becomes the stepping off point for a show that celebrates the human spirit and the triumph of laughter over fear. A constantly surprising experience: part musical, part poetry, part piano sonata, part cabaret, part memoir, part fantasy, all combined in a funny, moving and irreverent evening, bubbling with good nature.

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