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THEATRE READINGS 2006/7 (article first published : 2006-07-20)

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) is delighted to announce that it has once again received a generous grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) to produce its highly successful festivals of contemporary theatre readings in 2006/7.

The NLDTF/PANSA Festivals of Contemporary Theatre Readings will take place in three cities in early 2007, dates still to be finalised. The festival retains the same genres as last year i.e. Contemporary South African Drama; Contemporary South African Comedy/Satirical Drama; One- and Two-hander plays. The winning works from the first two festivals will be invited to the final event as well.

There is substantial prize money available for each festival- various awards will be presented and will be known as the NLDTF/PANSA awards. With the aid of the NLDTF grant, PANSA's festivals can again provide platforms to encourage new, excellent theatre.

Recent successes include full-scale productions of all three winners of the 2005 festivals at this year's National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, as well as staged readings of Peter Krummeck's iVirgin Boy and Hans Pienaar's Madiba Street at the Oval House Festival in London in May. All three of Mike van Graan's plays that won various category awards at last year's festivals have had productions at several theatres around the country as well as in London and Holland and also featured on the fringe in Grahamstown.

PANSA is also aiming to introduce a mentorship programme to assist emerging writers in the form of workshops and discussion sessions.

PANSA is calling for scripts in three categories by September 29: Contemporary South African drama; Contemporary South African comedy and satirical drama, and One- And Two-Hander Plays

Three panels of judges will select the best scripts for participation in the three festivals. Each of the selected scripts will be given a substantial subsidy to fund rehearsals, actors' and directors' fees etc. The festivals are open to writers who are South African citizens.

The basic criteria for participation are that the work must be an original work and must not have been published or performed before. PANSA would have first option on producing and publishing the play (selected works may be published in a collection). Plays should be between 70 minutes and 90 minutes long to ensure the possibility of a full-scale professional production. There should be a maximum of eight actors (does not apply to one-or two-hander plays) and English should be the primary language of the play.

Scripts must be typed, loose-leaf and have all pages numbered. Applicants must also complete an application form which can be obtained from the PANSA offices below or can be sent to you via e-mail or fax. It must be returned with the script by no later than September 29.

Submissions in KZN can be sent or delivered to PANSA KZN at the Kwasuka Theatre, 53 Stamford Hill Road, Greyville, 4001 or posted to PO Box 30547, Mayville, 4058. Moe information on 031 309 2236 or 083 364 7195 or e-mail: pansakzn@polka.co.za

NB: Hand written, faxed or e-mailed submissions and those that exceed the requirements above, or those that arrive later than September 29, will not be accepted. Submissions will not be returned and only successful applicants will be informed. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. All enquiries to 011 492 3211 or e-mail: pansa@artslink.co.za)




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