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Here are some links to organizations, events and resources supporting and developing the work of TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) playwrights. If you know of an organization or event not listed here, please go to inform us and send us the details.

Entries in South Africa (3)


New Writing Programme at Artscape in Cape Town, South Africa

The Programme accepts unsolicited manuscripts from anyone in isiXhosa, Afrikaans or English.

These scripts are sent out to professional readers for assessment. Reports are fed back to the playwrights. Once a play has been identified as having promise, the playwright works with an editor to undertake re-writing. The play may be given a stage reading, and if successful, will be considered for a full production.

A central part of the programme is playwriting workshops. It is targeted at adults and high school learners.

Click here for more information.


Script Development and Play-Making Workshops at Twist Development Projects, Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa

TWIST Theatre Development Projects is a dynamic networking project that focuses on building skills and creating a sustainable network for community theatre development in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The project focuses on both artistic and administrative skills, including organisational development, scriptwriting, directing, performance, arts and business administration, and publicity.

The Write Local. Play Global comunity might be especially interested in the writing and play-making workshops, but Twist has many terrific opportunities

Twist's Website.

Details on the programmes here.


'So You Think You Can Write?' programme of the National Arts Council of South Africa

This is a script-reading and mentorship programme.

The programme was launched for the first time in 2009 with the National Arts Council (NAC) realising the need to be proactive in crafting new ideas that are backed by sound programmes and having a clear growth plan. The programme has certainly grown since 2009 with thirteen writers having been part of the programme to date. Each year, four scripts are selected to be part of the mentorship process, and this year, five writers working on four scripts have been selected.

Read more about it at the Arts Council's Website.