Theatre scriptwriting competition kicks off

Entries for submissions for The Imbewu Trust’s 2016 SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition are now open.

Celebrating its fifth year, the SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition is a platform for South African writers to develop their work.

Prizes include having a script produced for a professional run at a Cape Town theatre; mentorship programmes and engaging in feedback sessions with audience members at staged readings of the script.

Previous entrants have gone on to rework their text as a result of the open readings and some on to further professional runs. The 2015 winner, Francois Joubert, will have his play Four/Vier, produced by the Imbewu Trust for a run in Cape Town later this year. Kimberley Buckle, winner of the 2014 Scribbler’s Dream will work with a leading writer/ director to develop her writing style and technique.

Criteria for this year’s competition are that the scripts should be in English, no longer than 40 pages or 80 minutes long and with a maximum of five cast members.

The scripts must not have been previously produced on a professional stage before and entrants must be over 18 years old. The Imbewu Trust and judges are looking for original content of outstanding quality that explores the diverse range of South African stories.

The Imbewu Trust is a NPO which was established to promote the development of contemporary South African theatre and arts and to help showcase it on an international stage.

The panel of SCrIBE judges comprises a group of seasoned theatre practitioners.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday July 31. For more information visit www.imbewuarts.com or email imbewusa@gmail.com for the entry form.

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