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Playmarket BROWN INK Sessions


An event for all playwrights and interested theatre practitioners to come together and explore, challenge and celebrate Maori and Pasifika theatre takes place on 27 November.

Script development, working with producers and women writing for theatre are areas key to the growth of Maori and Pasifika theatre, and the focus of Playmarket’s Brown Ink Sessions presented with the Auckland Council and Toi O Manukau.

Writing workshops from experienced and celebrated New Zealand playwrights Stuart Hoar and Victor Rodger will foreground clinics, open to observers, of two new Pasifika works; Rushing Dolls by Courtney Meredith with script advisor Toa Fraser and E ono tama’i pato by Maureen Mariner Fepuleai with script advisor Margret-Mary Hollins.

Producers and venue managers will be available in a kind of speed dating event to be grilled on what they look for when programming work and how to get work from page to stage.

A spotlight will be thrown on women writing for theatre  - asking the hard questions of celebrated and emerging playwrights Riwia Brown (Irirangi Bay, Once Were Warriors), Briar Grace Smith (Purapurawhetu, Nga Pou Wahine) Miria George (and what remains, He Reo Aroha), Dianna Fuemana (Mapaki, The Packer) and Leilani Unasa (His Mother’s Son).

In a feature session John Broughton will discuss his journey as a playwright and the pleasure and pain of creating the classic work Michael James Manaia. By special arrangement with Taki Rua Theatre a semi-staged reading of this powerful play will be presented in the evening and open to the wider public for koha entry.


Playmarket Brown Ink Sessions


Saturday 27 November 2010

10am – 5pm

Mangere Arts Centre

Registration fee: Early Bird  $30 or $35 cash at the door.

This covers catering for the day.

To register


Taki Rua presents Michael James Manaia by John Broughton

Saturday 27 November 2010


Open to public





For further information please contact Jenni Heka:

09 365 2648



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Written by

Jenni Heka

9 Nov 2010