Award-winning playwright and satirist Dave Armstrong has a great night planned for the script workshop. It includes some exciting on the spot exercises which will be great fun to watch and participate in.
Dave says, ‘I’m really looking forward to workshopping in front of an audience. ‘BATS Theatre was where I learned my craft as a playwright in the early 1990s, so it’s nice to be helping others back in the place I first started. One of the exercises I’m doing will involve the entire audience so I’m particularly looking forward to that.’
Dave’s joined by four students from the MA scriptwriting stream. Here’s a bit about them:
I’m 21. I’ve spent the last few years in and out of acting, directing, studying and writing before finally deciding to focus (for now) on writing! I was in London on an acting scholarship, which was cool but I quickly realized I’d rather do the yelling than be yelled at. In turn, I spent the last year at the New Zealand Film School which really molded my desire to write/direct. I’m an obsessive Arsenal fan and a keen tennis player. I look forward to meeting everyone and getting a few pages written!
Maryse (Beanie) Ridler
I am Maryse, more often known as Beanie thanks to my parents deciding I had a bean-shaped head when I was born. I sometimes feel like I am going to explode with my want to be creative. This year I hope to learn more about how to successfully, and safely, channel that feeling out onto the page.
My favourite things are reading and food. My Dad tells me that food itself cannot be a hobby but I eat to differ, food is ultimate.
When I read a novel, script, or watch a film I am often astounded by the ideas and stories people have come up with and the different ways in which they have expressed them. I want to one day, hopefully, astound people with my ideas and stories.
After a few misguided years at Otago, some time off and one great year at Vic, I feel I have finally found my way in studying and learning. I am excited and ready to learn as much as I can from Ken and fellow writers.
Born and raised in Christchurch, I studied Law and Classics at Canterbury before realising I was destined for a much more sensible career in film. I worked in law and civil service for a few years, taking media studies papers through Massey and working for free on shorts in my spare time. I left New Zealand in March 2008, spending time travelling in the States and Europe before working as an au pair in Spain for the summer of 2008. Subsequently I moved to London and worked in financial services for three years.
Finally, after writing and directing a short, and working on a friend’s horror feature, I decided to switch to a full-time media career in 2011.
Much to my surprise, I ended up moving to Belfast to take up a traineeship with the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen. Most of my placements have focussed on post-production but I’ve also done some research/development work, and worked in the camera department of HBO’s Game of Thrones. I’m currently offline editor at 360 Production in Derry/Londonderry for HeadSqueeze, a new science and technology YouTube channel featuring James May.
In my spare time while in Belfast, I made ten mini-documentaries for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, did a few music videos, wrote a short film which was funded by Northern Ireland Screen, did some gig photography, and made another short film. You can find me here for videos and over-long blog entries.
I’m looking forward to an intense year of writing, especially the chance to finally get a feature film script finished!
I’ve been writing scripts since my time at high school where I made films with my friends and created short play scripts that I have thankfully lost. I continued to make films and theatre during my time at the Ilam Fine Arts School. During this period I devised shows with the Court Jesters along with other companies. Recently I’ve taken a script I co-wrote with Eli Matthewson to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival after it won Best Production in Comedy at the Auckland Fringe Festival and shortlisted for Playmarket’s B425 award. We will be performing our next script ‘Velcro City’ at the Auckland Fringe Festival just before I start this masters program.
Building a Script
June 15, 8pm at BATS Theatre