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The deadline is looming for SCrIBE entries – entrants have a few more weeks to submit their scripts. Closing date is 31 July.
Now in its seventh year, the SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition, which is run by the Imbewu Trust, was recently awarded the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Innovation in Theatre for its endeavour to develop South Africa’s contemporary theatre through the SCrIBE competition.
SCrIBE is a platform for South African writers to develop their work, with a number of prizes which changes each year depending on the most suitable support for a designated writer and script. The finalists of the competition have the opportunity for their play to be presented at a staged reading then receive feedback from the professional director and actors involved as well as the audience members. Prizes have included winning scripts being produced for a run at a professional theatre, mentorship programmes and further script development support.
Criteria for the SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition are that scripts must not have been previously produced, nor have existing future runs plans of being produced. Other criteria 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. Entrants must be over 18 years old. The Imbewu Trust and judges are again looking for original content of outstanding quality that explores the diverse range of South African stories. The panel of SCrIBE judges comprises a group of seasoned theatre practitioners.
The shortlist of 2018 entries will be announced at the end of August, with the staged readings of finalists taking place from 17 to 20 September.
Darrel Bristow-Bovey, winner of the 2017 SCrIBE competition, will have his play Priest With Balloons presented by the Imbewu Trust at a theatre in Cape Town in September this year. Fellow 2017 finalist Juliette Rose-Innes presents her play Gardening and Other Distractions directed by Kimberley Buckle, a 2015 SCrIBE finalist and winner of the Scribblers Dream, which provides the opportunity to be partnered with a mentor to develop her writing style and technique.
One of the 2016 winners, Nokuzola Bikwana, had her play No Christmas For Us, staged at the 2017 Zabalaza Festival at the Baxter Theatre Centre, directed by Thami Mbongo. The Imbewu Trust also provided support for the run of the other 2016 winner, Milton Schorr’s The Heroin Diaries, at Alexander Bar, directed by Fred Abrahamse.
Previous entrants have gone on to rework their text as a result of the open readings and some on to further professional runs.
SCrIBE’s other achievements to date include presenting four productions; SCrIBBLERS Dream writing workshops in Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth and staged readings of thirty finalists’ plays including the benefit of post show discussions.
“We are honoured to have received the Fleur du Cap Award and thank the writers, directors, actors and audience members who have joined us over the years to help develop local stories for the stage,” says Samantha de Romijn, co-founder of the Imbewu Trust.”
The Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Innovation in Theatre recognises an individual, institution or organisation that has demonstrated a continuous level of artistic achievement and innovation in expanding the reach or influence of theatre or contributing to its growth.
Information and the entry form are available on www.imbewuarts.com
To receive the entry form via email for the SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Imbewu Trust is a non-profit organisation which was established by Paul Griffiths and Samantha de Romijn to promote the development of contemporary South African theatre and arts and to help showcase it on an international stage. It seeks to create an accessible community of varied voices that can flourish through collaboration, resourcefulness and innovation. The Trust created the annual SCrIBE Scriptwriting competition, one of its flagship projects, to provide new opportunities for local writers to fully develop their work.