In the Works
SEEKING NEW AFRICAN VOICES IN THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
The deadline for applications is: 2 February 2020
Enquiries, contact Faye Kabali-Kagwa:
ASSITEJ South Africa announces a playwriting competition open to African playwrights. All playwrights with young audiences as the target market for their work are encouraged to apply. We are looking at work for these three age groups: 6-10, 10-13 and 13-16. The theme, plot, genre and style are totally open.
Each of the shortlist of up to 15 plays, including at least 5 playwrights from the greater African Continent, and at least 5 from South Africa, will receive online mentoring with an international expert from the ASSITEJ, Write Local, Play Global network of professionals. The plays will be tested and developed as works in progress at the "In the Works" festival to be held from 10-23 August 2020, at the Market Theatre and Windybrow Theatre, Johannesburg. Playwrights must make themselves available for the period since this will be an opportunity for further development with the intended audience and with other theatre professionals.
The winning play will be published and will be invited to perform at the Cradle of Creativity 2021, a Biennial International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences in South Africa to be held at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg in August 2021.
Scripts will be shortlisted based on:
work that has been written for a specific stage of childhood and youth
the level of excellence in chosen medium
the level of innovation and originality
the suitability for audience for which it was created
the suitability for an audience of South African children
The play may have had previous readings or amateur performances, but no professional showings.
Entrants will be required to submit a 1 page synopsis of their play as well as 1 page of sample text or dialogue, from this play or another play written by the entrant.
IN THE WORKS - SEEKING NEW AFRICAN VOICES IN THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
The playwright asserts that the submission is a new original work and is the intellectual property of the playwright. The play may still be in draft or treatment form.
Name or Working Title of Play
300 to 450 word synopsis of play
300 to 450 words of sample text or dialogue from the play
Province / State
City / Town
DETAILS OF PLAY
Age of Target Audience
Child 6 to 10 years
Tween 10 to 13 years
Young Teen 13 to 16 years
Style / Genre
Theatre with Music
Theatre with Dance
How far along is the work?
Still a dream - my play is in the concept phase
I've been writing and have bits and pieces ... some scenes and great ideas ... the shape is emerging
A first draft has been written and needs editing and polishing
A finished version exists
There has been a reading of the play
There has been an amateur performance of the play
Number of characters
Number of performers (may be different from number characters)
Please email to
1. a short (maximum two pages) Curriculum Vitae (CV)
2. 300 to 450 word synopsis of play
3. 300 to 450 words of sample text or dialogue from the play
4. If you have completed the play, please send the full script in addition to the synopsis and sample pages
CV, Synopsis, Sample Pages, and script emailed to:
Yes I have emailed my CV
Yes, I have emailed a SYNOPSIS of my play
Yes, I have emailed a SAMPLE PAGE of dialogue from my play
Yes, I have emailed the FULL SCRIPT of my play
Thank you for applying for In the Works!
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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