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Sunday, March 24, 2013


New writing opportunity with international theatre, Royal Court. Applications deadline April 14, 2013.

The British Council is offering South African playwrights the opportunity to work with one of the UK’s leading national theatre companies for a new writing project.

There are 12 places for emerging playwrights who can show evidence of a track record of writing plays regardless of whether they have been published or performed. The applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of representatives of the British Council, Royal Court and South African theatre professionals.

Royal Court will travel to South Africa to host the workshop (held in Magaliesburg from July 6 to 14) which aims to support each playwright in writing a new contemporary play. The workshop will be designed for the needs of each writer, explore individual interests, and by the end of the week each writer will be asked to propose an outline of a new idea for a contemporary and original play.

Following the workshop, the participants will be asked to submit their play to the Royal Court who will continue to work with playwrights over the coming two years to develop the plays.

The London-based Royal Court runs long-term play development projects in many different countries, helping to stimulate new writing across the globe.

Send your application to Lois Anguria ( ) with the following items:
-       a brief statement (motivation letter) of why you would like to attend the workshop
-       a single page CV including your date of birth and gender
-       one scene from a recent play you have written and a synopsis of that play
-       two letters of recommendation.

The application should be in English and the workshop will be conducted in English. However, samples of your work can be written in any language and the British Council will arrange for appropriate translations to be made.

Application deadline is April 14 with the participants being announced on May 7. The Workshops will take place from July 6 to 14, 2013. There will also be further activities beyond the workshops, so by applying you are committing yourself to being involved in the project for up to two years.

The workshop will be a residential in Magaliesburg, South Africa. Accommodation, food and workshop spaces will be provided. The British Council office in Johannesburg will facilitate travel.

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