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Tuesday, October 7, 2014


(Menzi Mkhwane as he appeared in his “Last Cow Standing” . Pic by Paulo Menezes)

The Imbewu Trust has announced the winners of the 2014 SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition and one of the winners is Durban’s Menzi Mkhwane.

Actor, playwright and director, Menzi Mkhwane was the recipient of the script development award for his play, Last Cow Standing, enabling him to further work on the text.

Writer Thomas Hopkins, who submitted The Great Beginning, won the Scribblers Dream, a financial prize to work alongside award-winning writer, director and theatre maker Neil Coppen, to develop his writing.

The Imbewu Trust is a non-profit organisation which was established to promote the development of contemporary South African theatre and arts. Imbewu seeks to create an accessible community of varied voices that can flourish through collaboration, resourcefulness and innovation, as well as showcase the best of South African theatre on an international platform and create opportunities for new theatre practitioners.

Speaking at the awards, Coppen emphasised that all the finalists were winners, having reached the final selection of nearly 30 scripts, and having been able to engage in the post-reading discussions.

Sam de Romijn, co-founder of the Imbewu Trust added that, as part of the growth and longevity of the SCrIBE programme, audience development was key, and including them in the process of creation through post-show discussions helped achieve this.

Presenting the awards, Imbewu Trust co founder Paul Griffiths said “It’s important for the growth of South African theatre to create platforms for writers where they can showcase and then further develop their work. Entries this year addressed a range of contentious issues and themes, and the post-show discussions provided interesting insights. I thank and congratulate the writers for having the courage to put themselves there.”

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