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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








Go and see BALLS whether you love rugby or hate it. -Nikau Hindin

In 2016 Navi premiered Joshua Baty's, first play Balls, as part of Te Pou's Rangatahi Season. The play was given great reviews and we have had it in our minds to give Balls another season in 2017. Just this week Papakura Theatre Company has granted us a five show run in Aug/Sep of this year!

We are over the moon to have this opportunity, and it wouldn't be possible for us to remount this "raw and totally South Auckland" play if it weren't for the recent success of our Boosted Campaign. By supporting our production of The Snot-Gobbler you have helped us build a financial foundation that will allow us to bring Balls, to Papakura. Thank you! 

Our Boosted campaign is in it's last couple of days, and though we have reached our goal, every dollar over will allow us to do more then this year then we had even imagined. If you would like to support us beyond The Snot-Gobbler then please hit the button below and #FundTheMagic.