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Make 'Em Think

Make 'Em Think

As the lights faded to black they just sat there, still - it was a really special moment, because until that moment I didn't know that THAT was what I was trying to achieve.

The final night of Balls at my hometown theater was nothing less than an emotional roller coaster. The energy of the final night, the feeling of relief that we had pulled it off, the sadness that it was finishing... The Lads (and the lady) really did the show credit and brought it to life and I was so proud of all of us. 

But the best moment for me actually came after the final scene. Three of the people who sat next to me (two of which I knew) just sat there, they didn't move; even after everyone had exited into the foyer, they were still in their seats. I dared not move (as I was sitting pretty much in the middle), but then finally one of them spoke, it was actually the person I didn't know and it was question after question, How did you come up with that? How long did it take you to write? Each answer usually prompting another question. 

Now look, I don't want to sound pretentious. I'm just a kiwi boy from South Auckland - but the fact that something I wrote made somebody sit there stunned, thinking over and over about what they had just seen was pretty cool; in fact it was awesome and until that moment I didn't even know that that was what I was trying to achieve. But of course, I wanted to create a story that not only entertains but also makes you think. I love engaging with stories myself, and It was such a privilege to give that experience to others. 

So now it's all over, what happens next? I know I would love to take the show on the road, tour it around Aotearoa because Balls is more than a South Auckland story,  it is a New Zealand story and  it is (for better and for worse) part of our entire country's culture. In a recent New Zealand Rugby investigation 36 cases of misconduct were sited in the past four years. These included: "incidents involving inappropriate sexual behaviour, violent behaviour towards team members or coaches, drug and alcohol offenses and homophobic slurs." These sitings show that "Balls" hit the nail on the head with it's interpretation of this part of who we are, and I'm sorry, but it's ugly! I love rugby, I've said that continually throughout that process - growing up me and my Dad really bonded over this beautiful game, and he taught me everything I know about it - but he also taught me to be kind, honest and real. 

-Joshua Baty

Link to the New Zealand Rugby Investigation:


Making Navi History!

Making Navi History!

Last evening (the 6th of Sep) we opened our play, Balls, for the second time in two years. And what an opening it was! I felt such gratitude and pride as I watched Josh lock up the Off-Broadway theatre a long while after the last member of the audience has departed. 

Balls, in the world of Navi, is a "Toddler Project."  In 2016 it became the second company created piece, and this year is has officially become the first show in what will eventually be our Navi "Catalogue." Over the past two months Josh has taken the first full length play that he has written and made it his first show to direct, and I think for a first time Director (with no official training in the art of Directing) he did a damn fine job. 

Last night was also history making for Navi, as we had the largest opening night audience in our young Collaborative's life. The energy in the space was delicious and invigorating. I was thrilled to hear the roar of laughter and the sharp intakes of breath as the show moved from one beat to another. 

As our Navi Team sat in the theatre afterwards I felt so much love for each of our members. Each member of Navi has worked hard to get Balls to Papakura and what's more we did it while loving and supporting one another through all of the inevitable ups and downs of a show process. We still don't have everything down perfectly, but we are growing. I can see our growth and it that makes me feel joyful and inspired to keep going and revealing what our Collab, our creative family, can do








With each of our projects Navi seeks out a way that we can give to our community through supporting local groups that make a difference in the lives of Kiwi's. We show our support through both donations and by raising awareness around various organizations and the important work that they do. 

Blue September estimates that 600 Kiwi men a year loose their lives to Prostate Cancer largely because they were unaware of what to watch out for and didn't receive their diagnosis until it was too late. This September we are using our production of Balls to raise funds (for Blue September) and awareness by having a BLUE DO! Come along to our show on the 9th of September and a percentage of your ticket purchase will go to life saving education about and around Prostate Cancer. We also encourage everyone who attends on the 9th to wear Blue. Each member of the audience wearing Blue will be eligible to go into a draw to win double passes to all Navi projects in 2018. There will also be special treats (and fingers crossed) a special guest speaker to lead a small Talk Back about Prostate Cancer after the show. 

We hope you will partner with us in saving lives. We hope to see you at our BLUE DO!