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CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR RESIDENCY (article first published : 2004-05-29)

The British Council, the Performing Arts Network of SA (PANSA) and BBC World Service Drama are pleased to announce the third and final phase of the writing for radio project initiated in 2002.

In that year, a series of three-day workshops were hosted in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, where writers from around the country converged to immerse themselves in the medium under the expert guidance of Marion Nancarrow, Executive Producer for BBC’s World Service Drama and award-winning British playwright, Tina Pepler. These sessions aimed at generating enthusiasm for radio drama writing; improving the levels of radio drama ability in the country and working towards an outlet for English radio drama on the public broadcaster.

In 2003, the project went a step further and 11 writers attended a residency, facilitated by Nancarrow and Pepler, focusing on honing and preparing specific scenes, created by the writers, for recording purposes.

In 2004, entries are calling for a radio drama residency for writers to be held in the first week of December. Nancarrow and Pepler will once again facilitate the process. The aim of the residency is for these writers to work more intensely on their scripts under the guidance of these experts, and to take them as close to international broadcast quality as possible.

Ten writers will be selected to participate and a condition of attendance is that they must complete and submit a first draft of a script at least three weeks prior to the residency start date.

The best two scripts chosen from this residency will go forward for possible broadcast locally in 2005. These will be further mentored by local and international writers to ensure international distribution.

Applications are open only to members of thr Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) and the primary source of selection of writers to attend the residency will be their treatments. However, depending on the quality of the work submitted and the range of writers who enter, the organisers reserve the right to invite writers to the residency to ensure that the final group of scripts reflects a range of voices within the country.

Writers are required to submit seven to ten pages of a treatment for a radio drama (30 or 60 minutes in length). The writer must show a clear and detailed idea with depth and complexity. Treatments should include a story outline, the narrative, characters and their journeys, thematic concerns and a motivation as to why this would be a good story for radio and why the writer feels this is an important story to tell.

(Informal notes were provided for the earlier workshops and writers may find it helpful to refer to these. Those new to the radio project may ask for a copy of the notes to be sent by e-mail)

Also required are at least three scenes. Writers are encouraged to interpret a theme of their choice and submissions must be primarily in English and typed and preferably sent via e-mail to pansa@artslink.co.za

Writers who have no access to e-mail, may post their submissions to: PANSA National Office, Postnet Suite 114, Private Bag X7, Parkview, 2122, Johannesburg.

The closing date for entries is July 16. No late submissions will be accepted.

(PANSA membership fees for 2004 are R500 for organisations with 25 or more members or staff (R200 for organisations with less than 25); R100 for individuals; R25 for individuals who are members of paid-up organisational members, and R25 for students. For more information on the residency project or to join PANSA, contact the PANSA National Office on 011 880 5486 or e-mail pansa@artslink.co.za)




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