The Writers Lab (TWL) Reading Festival 2019

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.

The 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 Chibba

The Chanting Youth by Ronald Manganye

This is How We Wait Here by Neo Sibiya

Zips and Scissors by Khutjo Green

The Way to a Man’s Heart by Refiloe Lepere

First by Jade Beeby

Festival details

Venue: The Tin Town Theatre (4 Margaret Mancinga Street, Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg)

Date: 23 November 2019

Cost of Tickets: R50

For more information contact: 

Katlego Chale

Chairperson: Writers Lab

Email: thewriterslabpta@gmail.com

Cell: 061 408 2034


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Writing to be read

What’s your story?

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 published too…

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 theatre producers.

Playwrights are encouraged to write original plays that provoke conversation and are theatrically bold. 

Submission Guidelines:

  • 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)

Selection Process:

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 workshops.

The reading of the plays of the shortlisted writers will take place over one weekend. The best script(s) will be published.

Important dates:

June 15, 2019: 
August 15, 2019:
September 30, 2019
October 2019:
November 23 – 24, 2019:
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Submissions Open
Submissions Close
Chosen Scripts Announced
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Winning Script Announced

Submit your plays here

Checklist for All Submissions

Please label script attachment as follows:

  • 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 numbered)
  • 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.

For More Information:




The Writers Lab and DiArtskonageng


A collective of writers

The Writers Lab is about having fun and engaging with interesting people through creative events.

With a focus on writing and performance. The Writers Lab colloborates with writers, musicians, and artists of every kind to build a thriving creative community in Gauteng, and South Africa more broadly.

Some Writers Lab events are free, others might charge a fee to cover anything from venue hire, dues, organiser expenses, materials, professional services, etc. If we are charging will let you in our posts.

We hope you enjoy being an active member of Writers Lab and we hope to see you at a Workshop, or Reading very soon.

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