BROWN INK

Playmarket’s Brown Ink is looking for Maori and Pasifika Playwrights with the best new, exciting and original work to show.

Hit the workshop floor with a professional script advisor and actors dedicated to helping you develop your play.

Send a copy of your full play, character breakdown, and a brief synopsis to Brown Ink.

Submissions have closed for 2013

For more details contact Script Advisor Stuart Hoar here.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
  • Open to any New Zealand citizen/permanent resident.
  • You must be of Maori or Pasifika heritage.
  • Plays must not have had a professional production (pending productions, readings, workshops or amateur productions are fine).
  • There are no limits on length, style or theme.
HOW TO SUBMIT

Email your submission to us in WORD or similar format (PDF is fine) with the attached submission form: 

Please contact us if you have difficulty downloading the submission form

Please ensure you include with your script:

  • a list of characters
  • a brief synopsis
  • a separate page with your name, the name of the play, and a brief bio.
  • confirmation that you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • confirmation that the play has not had a professional production 
  • confirmation that the play is all your own original work
  • AND - please ensure the pages are numbered.
PRIZE

One play will be selected to work with a script advisor and receive a one-day script clinic with a professional director, script advisor and actors.

Shortlisted plays will receive script advice, dependent on available resources.

 

 

 

PLAYMARKET MEDIA RELEASE

13 JUNE 2012

CELEBRATE MATARIKI WITH A STORY BOTH new and old, remembered and forgotten, heartbreaking and hopeful.

The rise of the star cluster MATARIKI this month marks the Maori New Year – an event that is a time to come together and share skills, achievements, histories and stories.

This Matariki, Playmarket, Auckland Council, Toi O Manukau, Tamaki Makaurau Matariki Festival Trust and Te Papa Tongarewa have joined together to bring you Raw Men by Whiti Hereaka.

Whiti Hereaka’s stageplay, inspired by Rowley Habib’s poem, brings a human face to the generational effects of war, and obligation, and the misunderstood silence that grew between fathers and sons post-war.

“I kept thinking on the proverb,” says Hereaka, “that the father's sins are visited on the son. Except, I wanted to invert that and make it the father's virtues. And, yes, some of the sins are more visible but by the end I want people to think that that whole generation's sacrifice, meant that his grandson could go to university, participate in society and be heard.”

Whiti is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Her play Te Kaupoi won the 2010 Playmarket Adam NZ Play Award – Best Play by a Maori Playwright and Rona and Rabbit on the Moon was shortlisted for the same prize in 2011. Her first novel The Graphologist’s Apprentice was published in 2010 and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers First Book awards.

The play is being presented in a series of rehearsed readings in Auckland and Wellington, as part of Playmarket’s Brown Ink programme and the readings are open to the public for koha entry. Join us this Matariki and share in this story of our past and our hopes for the future.

RAW MEN 

By Whiti Hereaka (Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa)

Created with Nancy Brunning (Ngati Raukawa, Ngai Tuhoe)

Inspired by the poems of Rowley Habib (Ngati Tuwharetoa)

Directed by Nancy Brunning

Featuring Scotty Cotter (Havoc in the Garden, Purapurawhetu, Awhi Tapu), Maaka Pohatu (Strange Resting Places, Mark Twain and Me in Maoriland) and Rawiri Paratene (The Maori Troilus and Cressida, Hohepa).

The Basement

Lower Greys Avenue

25 June 2012 6.30pm 

 

Nathan Homestead

Manurewa Arts Centre

26 June 2012 6.30pm 

 

Corban Estate Arts Centre

Old St Michaels Church 

27 June 2012 6.30pm

 

Mangere Arts Centre

Nga Tohu O Uenuku

28 June 2012 6.30pm 

 

Te Papa Museum 

The Marae, Level 4 

Friday 29 June 2012 12pm 

 

* Raw Men contains adult content*

 

 

PLAYMARKET MEDIA RELEASE

15 May 2012

RAW MEN 

By Whiti Hereaka 

Created with Nancy Brunning. Inspired by the poems of Rowley Habib

This is where they came from, the Raw Men

... and from the Raw Men they came.

When Playwright Whiti Hereaka was approached by Nancy Brunning to work with the Rowley Habib poem Raw Men, Hereaka jumped at the chance.

Raw Men is a story of whanau, sacrifice, and hope as three generations of Maori men face their battles - Jacko on the battlefields of WWII, Joe the music scene of the '60s and '70s and Jack on campus at the turn of the millennium.

Hereaka’s adaptation for the stage examines the generational effects of war, and obligation, and the misunderstood silence that grows between fathers and sons.

“I kept thinking on the proverb,” says Hereaka, “that the father's sins are visited on the son. Except, I wanted to invert that and make it the father's virtues. And, yes, some of the sins are more visible but by the end I want people to think that Jacko's sacrifice, that whole generation's sacrifice, meant that his grandson could go to university, participate in society and be heard.”

Raw Men begins with Jacko returning from war to find massive change occurring in New Zealand. After fighting for King and Country, and someone else’s freedom, Jacko finds that his own freedom has not been won and is even more limited than before. His son Joe desires his own kind of freedom and rejects his father to achieve it, but leaves behind his own son Jack who must journey to the past to understand, find and make sense of his future.

Director and co-creator Nancy Brunning says of the characters “I like that these are ordinary characters, wanting ordinary things but living in extraordinary times where being themselves is a struggle because the world is changing and they are constantly adjusting to the change.”

The play is being presented next month in a series of rehearsed readings as part of Playmarket’s BROWN INK programme. The project aims to develop, support and celebrate quality Maori and Pasifika storytelling for the stage. Based in Auckland Brown Ink encompases a competition for new plays, Playreading tours, workshops and masterclasses.

The readings are open to the public for a koha entry.

AUCKLAND
The Basement

Lower Greys Avenue

25 June 2012 

6.30pm 

 

Nathan Homestead

Manurewa Arts Centre

26 June 2012 

6.30pm 

 

Corban Estate

Arts Centre

Old St Michaels Church 

27 June 2012 

6.30pm

 

Mangere Arts Centre

Nga Tohu O Uenuku

28 June 2012 

6.30pm 

 

WELLINGTON
Te Papa Museum 

The Marae, Level 4 

29 June 2012 

12pm 

Contact: Jenni Heka 09 365 2648