Calling Western Cape playwrightsChristine Skinner
An exciting new competition has been announced giving Western Cape playwrights the chance to have their play produced.
The SCrIBE Script Writing Competition is open to playwrights who are South African residents, over the age of 18 and living in the Western Cape. The winning script will be produced for a run in Cape Town from 22 October to 3 November.
The 2012 Scribe initiative is the inaugural competition and will be an annual event. It is the brainchild of the Imbewu Trust, a non-profit organisation set up to nurture and promote the contemporary theatre industry, providing a platform for new works as well as showcasing the best of South African theatre on an international stage. The Imbewu Trust was founded by highly acclaimed director and teacher Paul Griffiths, who has worked extensively in South Africa and the UK; Sam de Romijn, who is a seasoned theatre teacher, performer and stage manager; and accountant and business consultant Paul Dickson. It has established a number of programmes including an international showcase in New York, USA, and a bursary to enable graduates of the Waterfront Theatre School to produce a production at the National Arts Festival.
“South African theatre makers have their own unique stories to tell. As part of our objective to promote and enhance new contemporary theatre, Imbewu created the SCrIBE Script Writing Competition,” says de Romijn.
“This is an incredible opportunity for a playwright to have access to top theatre skills and to have his or her play presented,” says de Romijn. “Imbewu is the Xhosa word for ‘seed’ and to quote Debby Boone, ‘Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream’. So I call on all those writers who have been dreaming to get their play produced on stage and enter the competition. We are looking for works of outstanding quality and original content and which represent the depth and range of our theatre landscape. We are starting this first year with the Western Cape and hope to be able to open up the competition to entries from all over the country next year.”
The entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges which consists of theatre makers, directors and producers.
De Romijn says that the Imbewu Trust will work with the winning writer to produce all aspects of the staging, which will take place at a Cape Town venue in October and November 2012.
Scripts must be in English, no longer than 40 pages or 80 minutes, and have no more than five cast members. Scripts must be submitted as a word document via e-mail together with the entry form which can be found on the Imbewu website with the Terms and Conditions of entry. Closing date for entries is 1 August 2012, and the announcement of the winner will be made on 31 August.
Visit www.imbewuarts.com for the entry form and further information.
About Imbewu Trust
The Imbewu Trust is a Non-Profit Organization focused on the development and promotion of contemporary South African theatre and arts. It seeks to create an accessible community of varied voices that can flourish through collaboration, resourcefulness and innovation.
Its primary objectives are to support and stimulate the contemporary theatre industry, as well as showcasing the best of South African theatre on an international platform and create opportunities for new theatre practitioners.
Other projects include:
Fly Free Graduates Bursary: This enables graduates of the Waterfront Theatre School to produce work on the Fringe at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
Producing shows - The Adventures of Sam Swallow – a show to educate young minds in a creative way to look after the environment and responsibly create a world for tomorrow. The play transcends language barriers by using shadow puppetry, animation and physical theatre and was a great success at the Out the Box Festival. It will be performed at Kalk Bay Theatre in October 2012.
Imbewu Showcase in New York, USA in July/August 2012 – This is a showcase of South African theatre, using arts and culture as a means to promote a positive image of South Africa. The showcase will be hosted by the Horse Trade Theatre Group in Manhattan’s East Village. This year the featured South African production is Tin Bucket Drum, Neil Coppen's multiple-award winning production directed by Karen Logan which follows the story of Nomvula – The Little Drummer Girl; born into a silent dictatorship with a revolutionary heart-beat.
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Web site: http://www.imbewuarts.com