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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


New South African Playscripts, 2013-2014 is a compilation of short plays created by the groups engaged in the Twist Theatre Development Projects annual programme. This will be launched at the opening of the annual Isigcawu Festival at the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre tomorrow.

Twist Projects is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).

The featured theatre groups include Siyathuthuka Theatre Group (Lindelani), Izwi Youth Theatre Group (Mphophomeni), Lashona Arts and Creations (Mariannhill), Sinethemba Arts Group (Ulundi) and Inthuba Arts Development (Kwamashu). These groups have collaborated with theatre professionals such as Neil Coppen, Monageng “Vic”’ Motshabi, Ntshieng Mokgoro, Xolani Dlongolo and Zwai Mgijima to create exciting new work that has featured at festivals around KwaZulu-Natal over the past year.

The scripts in the compilation are presented in both English and IsiZulu, making the book a rare bilingual resource for theatre groups, teachers, directors and young artists. The book is shared at no cost with schools and universities, and amongst community theatre groups.

Four of the plays featured in the compilation will be performed at the Isigcawu Festival over the coming weekend. These include Midnight's Spirits by Sinethemba arts Group on Friday (October 31) at 10h00 followed by Inhlambuluko by Izwi Youth Theatre Group at 14h00.

Pay Day by Siyathuthuka theatre group takes place on Saturday (November 1) at 10h00 followed by Brothers by Lashona Arts and Creations at 14h00. The festival continues with other performances over those days and concludes on Sunday afternoon.

Established in 2009, Twist Theatre Development Projects is a networking initiative that focuses on the development of community theatre groups in KwaZulu-Natal, and on the creation of sustainable relationships and networks for theatre development, both locally and abroad.

The Twist Project works with established community theatre groups in different regions of KZN and links them with local institutes such as theatre organisations, the drama departments of theatre schools, theatre festivals, mentors and experienced theatre practitioners.

Some of the highlights of the year so far – include performing at the Musho! Theatre Festival of one and two person theatre in January; play making process in February; participating in the Uhuru Arts Festival in April; the KKNK Festival in April and the National Arts Festival in July; doing community performances in May; the novel to script project in June / July and launching Theatre directing in South Africa, Skills and Inspirations - a user-friendly introduction to the role of the theatre director and the concept of stagecraft by Roel Twijnstra and Emma Durden. In August they were involved in a DUT Exchange programme and during September and October a series of five day artists’ development workshops were held.

The launch will take place at the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu at 18h00 tomorrow (October 30).

New South African Playscripts, 2013-2014 is published by Twist Theatre Development Projects and is available by contacting