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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


(Roel Twjjnstra & Emma Durden)

Roel Twjjnstra and Emma Durden of Twist Projects will be introducing their book Theatre Producing in South Africa: Skills and Inspirations in a discussion with the authors at the Courtyard Theatre at Durban University of Technology on July 21 at 13h00.

Written for emerging theatre producers, directors and drama students; this first part of the book includes inspiring interviews with 11 fascinating South African producers, and explores their successes and their struggles in producing for theatre. It also includes interviews with stage managers and production managers, funders and festival directors; providing additional insight into the environment that the producer works within.

Part Two goes on to investigate the skills required of any producer working in the performing arts, including proposal-writing, relationship-building and practical management of the production process.

Part Three outlines the different models of production that are most commonly recognised in the local theatre landscape, with tips for producers on approaching these different ways of working.

The final part of the book includes examples of standard documents for producers: contracts, rates, technical riders and risk assessment documents. These give first-time artistic producers an idea of what they can expect when they are involved at the business end of production.

Based on the popularity of the author’s first book, Theatre Directing in South Africa, this follow-up includes all of the practical steps that one needs to know when embarking on the journey to bring a creative idea to an audience. Theatre Production in South Africa: Skills and inspirations is published by Jacana Media and made possible by generous grants from The KZN Performing Arts Trust, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, ANFASA, and Twist Projects (funded by the National Lotteries Commission).

Books will be on sale at R100 per copy. Entry is free and all are welcome!

The discussion will take place at 13h00 on July 21 at the Courtyard Theatre at Durban University of Technology Steve Biko Campus in Mansfield Road, Durban.