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.
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.
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.
Deepika Arwind is a theater practitioner and writer based in Bangalore, India. The WLPG editors were able to charm her into answering a few questions in the midst of a busy schedule running workshops with young people and working on a number of new scripts.
Lereko Mfono leads a busy and creative life as a playwright, actor, and drama facilitator. The WLPG editorial team found him with a bit of free time and we were able to ask him some questions about his writing.
Interview: Playwright Simone Spiteri from Malta/Intervista ma' Simone Spiteri, awtriċi għall-palk, minn Malta
Simone Spiteri is a playwright, director, and performer. Despite being in an intensive writing phase completing a number of commissions, we were able to charm her into answering a few questions about her work. Even better, she answered in both English and Maltese.
A new initiative of created by Write Local Play Global in partnership with the ASSITEJ Executive Committee.
Highlighting the importance of playwriting in all its manifestations around the world, ASSITEJ will honor up to three persons as “ASSITEJ Inspirational Playwrights” every three years at its World Congress, starting in Cape Town in May 2017. This will be administered and adjudicated by theWrite Local Play Global network in coordination with the ASSITEJ Executive Committee.
The essence of our work is telling stories on our stages, and this award is created to honor particular writers who have inspired theatre for young audiences in their city, their country, their region, or all over the world.
Birmingham: A Sense of Place was a collaboration between WLPG and the Festival Symposium strand, curated by Emelie Fitzgibbon and Philip Hardy of Ireland - a part of the On the Edge Festival, the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering, Birmingham, July 2016.
The creative exercise was to write based on a reaction to something or someone in this wonderful city. The Symposium team created interesting maps of five different routes, and the writers were asked to go there and write in reaction. All the pieces were written in the four days before the public reading on July 8, 2016.