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PANSA CALLS FOR SCRIPTS (article first published : 2004-05-14)

PANSA is proud to announce the third PANSA Festival of Reading of New Writing in September 2004. The aims of the Festival are to generate original South African theatre works, to provide a platform for these works to reach the attention of theatre producers, and to work towards full-scale productions of the winning plays. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2004.

The first two festivals were a resounding success: in 2002, the event was hosted by Spier, with six finalists on board. Both winning plays, Salaam Stories by Ashraf Johaardien and Bungi writing finals by Finuala Dowling, were produced as part of the Spier Summer Festival in 2003. Johaardien's gem has since enjoyed several full-length runs.

Last year's winning plays are also looking forward to production within the next three months: Mike van Graan's Green Man Flashing will be on the Fringe at the National Arts Festival with possible longer runs later in the year, while Guy Willoughby's Church Full of Light will be on at the Baxter Theatre from June 7.

A panel of judges will select the five best scripts for participation in the Festival. Each of the selected scripts will be given a basic subsidy to fund reading rehearsals and S&T as required. The Festival will be open to writers throughout South Africa.

The basic criteria for participation are that the work must be an original work and 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 and English should be the primary language of the play.

An important component of the Reading of New Writing Festival will be the discussions to follow the reading of each work, to encourage constructive feedback, and the debate around theatre aesthetics, functions and forms.

Scripts must be typed, loose-leaf and have all pages numbered. Please include a cover page with all contact details and title of the play.

Submissions must be sent to PANSA Western Cape at Postnet Suite 126, Private Bag X18, Rondebosch, 7701, Cape Town by June 30. Handwritten submissions and those that arrive after June 30, will not be accepted.

Writers will be notified of the outcomes by July 31. All enquiries to 011 880 5486 or pansa@artslink.co.za




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