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Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Deadline for applications: Monday, June 24, 2019

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) invite playwrights to apply to attend a theatre making professional development workshop which forms part of ACT’s Creative (un)Conference.

The rigorous programme includes practical guidance on the costs of staging a play presented by award-winning playwright, Mike van Graan. He will unpack the challenges that independent theatre-makers face when getting their work on a stage and producing a touring production.

Participants will also attend refresher courses in business and administrative practice and discuss how to raise one’s profile and update one’s professional practice to attract funding and creative opportunities.

Award-winning novelist and playwright, Craig Higginson, will also run a playwrighting workshop. Participants will have sent in a scene from a play they are working on, along with a short synopsis of the play as a whole, prior to the workshop. Craig will give them feedback on their work during the session while also discussing a range of things to consider when developing a play – from initial conception to final production. Participants are encouraged to come to the session with questions they would like to discuss.

The day will conclude with an experimental, interdisciplinary expression of serious play in a process-driven exercise presented to no audience.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants and will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Maboneng, Johannesburg. Applicants must submit one original writing extract for consideration.

Email one scene and a brief synopsis of the play to for an undisclosed panel to review. NB: Only successful applicants will be contacted with further information.

Deadline: Monday, June 24, 2019

For more information and the full ACT Creative (un)Conference programme, visit