UJ Arts & Culture invites aspirant and established playwrights to apply for participation in the second round of its online playwriting laboratory.
A division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg, UJ Arts & Culture is passionate about the development of new work. In addition to supporting the development of seven new works that playwrights worked on as part of the 2020 UJ Playwriting Lab, it also facilitated the development of Hlakanyana, based on an isiZulu folk tale, in partnership with Madevu Entertainment and Janice Honeyman, and co-produced a new youth-drama, Mother’s Grimm, in partnership with Jade Bowers Design and Management. This follows several new works developed by, in collaboration with, or in residence at UJ Arts & Culture over the past few years.
‘Our country is rich in stories and us at UJ Arts & Culture believe that, now more than ever, it is important to develop and archive content that resonates with or that is important to our community, that stimulates discourse and that makes the world a more beautiful or interesting place – in an African way,’ says Head of UJ Arts & Culture, Pieter Jacobs.
The aim of this playwriting programme is for participants to complete the script for a 60-90 minute one-act play by the end of 2021. The first cohort of playwrights included Francesco Nassimbeni, Tamarisk-Ray Glogauer, Francesca Matthys, Khwezi Becker, Jarred Thompson, Gabriella Pinto and Lalu Mokuku. Between three and five of the plays completed will be selected for a play reading series in 2021.
Applications for this year’s playwriting laboratory is now open and new, emerging and established South African writers are invited to apply. The programme will be presented in English but applicants may also indicate if they are interested in writing a play in another official language.
Applicants are required to submit one monologue (no more than 400 words) and a dialogue (no more than 600 words). The following online form should be completed and submitted by no later than 26 February 2021: Apply HERE —> Application form
To ensure that participants gain meaningful value from the process and that scripts developed are as close to ready for production as possible, a limited number of participants will be selected.