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Welcome to Write Local. Play Global.

We want to hear from you!  Membership is free and open to all - playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, educators, administrators, students - anyone who values plays for young audiences.

Write Local. Play Global. is the ASSITEJ playwrights network.

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Monday
May222017

WLPG Report to the ASSITEJ General Assembly - May 22, 2017, Cape Town

Given by Jenny Ann Koppera and Karin Serres

Description of network

A network designed to support, integrate, connect and give voice to international playwrights into the organization of ASSITEJ and into the field of Theatre for Young Audiences

Open to all theatre practitioners – not just playwrights – interested international TYA writings.  Your writings and presentations are welcome in English and any other mother languages.

We now have a newsletter and a website including a list of participant biographies, pertinent articles, and global networking opportunities.

Join us on our social media – Facebook, twitter, & Instagram.

Involvement and Activities

2015

Participated in the Small Size Network Gathering – Ashish Kumar Gosh

Contributed to the Annual ASSITEJ Magazine – WLPG Co-Editor Tony Mack – an article entitled ‘The Power of an Idea – The ASSITEJ Next Generation Program’

Supported ASSITEJ USA – One World Theatre Conference – by hosting a Sparks Presentation/International Monologue Readings

Participated in the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Berlin in conjunction with ITI/Germany – with the creation of Words, Culture, and Zeitgeist – a Public Moment

Supported ASSITEJ France – A Day for a Play – instant international playwriting game created to celebrate the ASSITEJ World Day of Theatre for Children – Karin Serres – 2nd Edition

Supported USA/Spinning Dot Theatre - Global Play Project , in 2015 and 2017 – Jenny Anne Koppera

2016

Participated in the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Birmingham – by Curating a  Program of Activity including a Playwright Intensive, a Sense of Place Activity, and a Sensory Dramaturgy Workshop

2017

Facilitated A Play for a Day with the help of ASSITEJ France in its 4th edition – currently with the creation of 62 plays from 23 countries from 5 continents.  As ASSITEJ France decided to pass this on to WLPG, this will be an ongoing network event lead by WLPG itself.

Created the ASSITEJ Inspirational Playwrights Awards including a Selection Process in partnership with the ASSITEJ Executive Committee as well as international assessment panel managed by Co-editor Tony Mack including: Maria Ines Falconi from Argentina, Ashish Kumar Gosh from India, Sue Giles from Australia, Kim Peter Kovac from the USA, Deidra Kelly Lavrakas from the USA, Lereko Mfono from South Africa, Karin Serres from France, and Simone Spiteri from Malta.

ASSITEJ World Congress – Created a Program of playwriting activity including Cape Town: A Sense of Place, Multiple Playwriting Slams, African Playwriting Workshop in cooperation with ASSITEJ France, New Play Development focused on Sensory Dramaturgy, Inside New Visions/New Voices – Transforming New Play Development for Young Audiences

Future Plans
Participate in our events here at the Congress and building new ones for future events inside ASSITEJ and more. 

Here in Cape Town, our events are held at the Artscape and are:

Tuesday 23 May - Cape Town: A Sense of Place Sharing  – you can still submit your writing by tonight!

Thursday 25 May – African Playwrights Slam

Friday 26 May – Sensory Dramaturgy Workshop

Friday 26 May – Inclusivity Playwrights Slam

Friday 26 May – Awards Ceremony to announce the Inspirational Playwrights

Saturday 27 May – New Visions New Voices New Play Development Panel, with 4 great South-African TYA playwrights

Saturday 27 May – Inspirational Playwrights Sharing and Discussion

WLPG is also involved in the ‘Stories from the Cradle of Creativity’, an epic poem, where we are inviting everyone involved to submit a 200-character story in their first language

You can find all the activities listed in your booklet on page 152!

A more detailed WLPG report can be sent to anyone who is interested.

Please feel welcome to join our website, check out our social media and become part of our Write Local. Play Global. Network family.

Tuesday
May162017

'Cape Town: A Sense of Place' - a creative writing project for Cradle of Creativity participants

CAPE TOWN: A SENSE OF PLACE
A collaboration between Write Local. Play Global (WLPG) and CRADLE OF CREATIVITY
May 18 and 24, 2017

This project sets a creative challenge to storytellers and writers – to create a mosaic of monologues and photographs in response to this wonderful city of Cape Town through the senses.

The basic idea is to find a small moment or place in the life of the city.  It could be anything that you as a creative person responds strongly to - a building, a street, a canal, a park, a group of children playing football, a couple having an intimate conversation, an instant that strikes you, a discovery, an emotion or ephemeral sensation. 

 

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Friday
May122017

"Stories from the Cradle of Creativity" - a collective epic poem to be created by participants in the ASSITEJ Congress and Cradle of Creativity Festival in Cape Town

Come and be part of an exciting adventure in writing and storytelling – a communally-created “epic poem”. Everyone participating in CRADLE OF CREATIVITY in Cape Town – artists, technicians, administrators, educators, students, volunteers, and staff -- is invited to be one of the authors. 

While we call this a poem, you don’t have to be a poet or playwright to participate. You just have to be someone who has a story to tell, a story you can tell in no more than 200 characters (one-third longer than a post on Twitter). 

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Thursday
Apr272017

OPPORTUNITY FOR PLAYWRIGHTS ATTENDING THE CRADLE OF CREATIVITY FESTIVAL IN CAPE TOWN IN MAY!!! UNE OCCASION À SAISIR POUR LES AUTEURS ET AUTRICES QUI PARTICIPENT AU FESTIVAL THE CRADLE OF CREATIVITY À CAPE TOWN EN MAI !!! OPORTUNIDAD PARA DRAMATURGOS QUE ASISTAN AL FESTIVAL CRADLE OF CREATIVITY EN CIUDAD DEL CABO EN MAYO!!!!!

See French and Spanish translation bellow/ Ver traducción al Francés y al Español más abajo.

Write Local Play Global is working with the festival organizers on a number of ‘playwright slams’.  These are not competitions, but rather playwrights reading 5-minute excerpts from one of their plays.  There will be slams connected to three of the ‘Focus Days’:

  • Saturday, May 20, 18h00-19h00 – “Theatre for Social Change” Day
  • Thursday, May 25, 18h00-19h00 – “Africa” Day
  • Friday, May 26, 18h00-19h00 – “Inclusive Arts” Day

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Sunday
Feb262017

A Day, A Play Global Game: The Die!

The prompt that writers will get includes some multiple options that are selected by rolling a die.  If you don't have one, you can print out the below, an awesome image designed by Playwright/Designer Karin Serres

 

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Saturday
Feb112017

A day, A play #4 : The global game

Dear fellow playwrights and storytellers from all over the world,
 

We are delighted to announce the launching of the 4th edition of A day for a play, the TYA instant playwriting game, in conjunction with the ASSITEJ international theatre day (March 20th) and the ASSITEJ Congress in Cape Town (May 2017). 

It’s a worldwide writing game designed for easy play and enjoyment. The registration is free and open to anyone who wishes to write a short script for young audiences. And there is nothing to gain but the pleasure to share an « instant playwriting » moment with fellow storytellers and other practitioners from all around the world.

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Friday
Nov252016

ASSITEJ and WLPG in Cameroon - the Shaping Stories workshops

A great and promising first workshop called “Shaping Stories” has taken place in November 2016, in the context of FATEJ (African Theatre Festival for Children and Youth), as one of the first two regional workshops created by ASSITEJ International, with the support of WLPG. It has launched the development of a new TYA playwriting network gathering professionals from across Africa.

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Sunday
Nov132016

Deadline extended for Inspirational Playwrights award

The editors of the Write Local. Play Global. network, in coordination with the ASSITEJ Executive Committee, are extending the deadline for applications for the ASSITEJ Inspirational Playwrights award until Wednesday, November 30, 2016
This wonderful opportunity to honor a playwright who has inspired his or her city, country, or region. Complete information and an application form are at the original posting at this link.
Wednesday
Oct262016

Writing for Young Audiences aged 7-12 workshop from ASSITEJ South Africa

ASSITEJ South Africa will host a Writing for Young Audiences aged 7 - 12 on Saturday 29 October from 10:00 - 14:00 at the National School of the Arts in the Ballet Studio. With support from the National Lotteries Commission, these workshops are provided by ASSITEJ SA in order to stimulate more work for the 7 - 12 age group from the performing arts sector. The workshop will be facilitated by Yvette Hardie, director of ASSITEJ SA, theatre director, producer, educator and activist.

There will be two follow-up workshops for those who wish to develop their ideas from the workshop into a play-concept. These will take place on two Saturdays in November, after consultation with the group.

Costs for the workshop are: R50 per workshop for paid up members and R150 for non for non paid up members.

 

Wednesday
Aug242016

Applications being accepted for New Play-Reading Festival at The Growing Stage in New Jersey!