TWL Reading Festival 2019 will feature eight new plays. the festival will be held at Tin Town Theatre, Marshalltown, Johannesburg
The Writers Lab in association with DiArtskonageng and Independent Theatre makers, present TWL Reading Festival 2019. The festival which will feature eight new plays will be held at Tin Town Theatre, Marshalltown, Johannesburg. Tin Town Theatre, a vibrant new space; that is set to inspire Independent artists.
eight plays for the reading festival were selected from more than 200
submissions. The process started with a
June callout for original works by South African writers.The line-up includes a widely diverse
and artistically challenging group of playwrights; all eight are talented.
Their plays echoing our turbulent times.
Above the Soil by Sisekho Velelo
Still by Olivia Fischer
The Soccerites by Shamin
The Chanting Youth by
This is How We Wait Here
by Neo Sibiya
Zips and Scissors by
The Way to a Man’s Heart
by Refiloe Lepere
First by Jade Beeby
Venue: The Tin Town Theatre (4
Margaret Mancinga Street, Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg)
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Do you have a clever, funny,
dramatic, and thoughtful script? You have a story to share? To make an audience
laugh or cry – make them feel something? We are looking for you and we can get you
The Writers Lab in collaboration with DiArtskonageng is looking for bold, new
theatre work to develop towards publication. The 012 Reading Festival aims to generate original, exciting new
content by contemporary voices writing for the stage. Plays can be fun-spirited or political, funny or dramatic. The festival
is a platform to reach new audiences and
Playwrights are encouraged to
write original plays that provoke conversation and
are theatrically bold.
ALL writers are
encouraged to submit
Entry is FREE
The work must be an original
script for stage
Write in any language, (translations may be
requested for adjudicators.)
Plays can be any length (Short Plays,
One-Act, and Full Length)
Plays should be submitted by August 15, 2019 here. These will be read and evaluated by a reading panel comprised of theatre artists and community members. The panel will select eight (8) plays for the 012 Reading Festival. The selection will be based on story, originality, theatricality, structure, and execution.
We are looking for plays which ask sharp
questions of what it means to be living now. We want a plurality of voices and
stories that reflect the diversity of our contemporary society.
Once the texts have been selected, the
writers will work to develop a staged reading of their work. To assist writers
to develop and hone their craft, The Writers Lab will arrange and run
scriptwriting/reading workshops prior to the final festival reading. DiArtskonageng will also hold self-publishing
The reading of the plays of
the shortlisted writers will take place over one weekend. The best script(s)
will be published.
June 15, 2019: August 15, 2019: September 30, 2019 October 2019: November 23 – 24, 2019: December15 , 2019
Submissions Open Submissions Close Chosen Scripts Announced Rehearsals 012 Reading Festival Winning Script Announced
PlayTitle Author’s Last
Name, First Initial (Example: Roses_MaletjaJ.doc).
All submissions must conform
to a standard play-script format (one-inch margins, #12 Arial font, all pages
Include a title page with
full contact information (phone numbers, e-mail address)
Include a brief synopsis and
character breakdown at the beginning of your script.
Provide a biography of
75–100 words of writer(s). Please label attachment as follows: Bio_Author’s
Last Name, First Initial (Example: Bio_ MaletjaJ.doc).
Please do not send
treatments or outlines.
Plays that are not selected
are kept on file for consideration for future opportunities. Playwrights are
encouraged to make multiple submissions (up to three per event), but selection
will be limited to only one play per playwright, per event.
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