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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.



Four Actor-Writers in Rural Cheshire, UK - '12 Miles From Nowhere On Tour'

In 2009 Action Transport Theatre Company invited four actor-writers to research, compose and ultimately perform a play for the rural youth community of Cheshire, UK. During the two-year process, they met and workshopped ideas with those young people, workshopped together as writers, written collaboratively, presented readings across Cheshire and finally toured the play – 12 MILES FROM NOWHERE – back to the communities where it was formed.

Freddie Machin, actor and co-writer of 12 Miles From Nowhere for Action Transport Theatre, describes the experience in 12 Miles From Nowhere On Tour.


Calling Western Cape playwrights - The SCrIBE Script Writing Competition (South Africa)

An exciting new competition has been announced giving Western Cape playwrights the chance to have their play produced.

The SCrIBE Script Writing Competition is open to playwrights who are South African residents, over the age of 18 and living in the Western Cape. The winning script will be produced for a run in Cape Town from 22 October to 3 November.

The 2012 Scribe initiative is the inaugural competition and will be an annual event. It is the brainchild of the Imbewu Trust, a non-profit organisation set up to nurture and promote the contemporary theatre industry, providing a platform for new works as well as showcasing the best of South African theatre on an international stage.

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A Twin's Story - theatre and hand-made cinema in Mexico

A Twin’s Story, a play for young children written by Berta Hiriart, has just had a successful premiere. Published in the collection Theater of the world for the new generations (Editions SM), A Twin’s Story comes to the stage sponsored by Mexico’s National Fund for the Arts. It was directed by the author, in collaboration with the puppeteer and hand-made cinema artist Arturo López Barrera. This expressive techique, which uses the light projected on a screen to create images that are transformed before the eyes of the spectator, has proved to be powerful enough to touch the sensibility of the audience – children between 3 and 8 years – and those accompanying them.

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"Take a child to the theatre today" by Yvette Hardie

Due to its very special and particular nature - the live moment of interaction, that precious window in which artists are able to touch the hearts and minds, ears and eyes, of those breathing the same air as them, in a unique and intensely personal way - theatre is naturally limited in its capacity to reach every child and young person. But once the audience is there, it is entirely unlimited in its capacity to communicate the essential, the mysterious, the actual and the possible. This is why we as artists must be so vigilant about the work we create, to ensure that every encounter with theatre will be an opportunity for the audience to become more curious, more intrigued, more captivated – and perhaps to fall in love with the encounter theatre offers them.

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350 members!

We've just passed three hundred and fifty members in some forty-seven countries!  Wow!  Recent members from Iceland, Russia, and Kenya, which is terrific.

We are also hard at work planning WLPG events in Australia and at the Kijimuna Festival in Okinawa.  As these plans are finalized, we will (of course) let everyone know.

But meanwhile, many thanks for being part of the network, and of the community of writers, directors, educators dedicated to new plays for young audiences.  We look forward to knowing more about each of you, and the important work you're doing. 

Deirdre, Tony, and Kim

co-editors, write local play global



Suzanne Lebeau's message for World Theater for Young Audiences day (March 20)

Canadian playwright and WLPG member Suzanne Lebeau was asked by ASSITEJ to write a message for World Theater for Young Audiences day, March 20.

Dear friends,

I love the theatre.
I love the magic of this art where we are all together
in the same room, and yet unique….
Everyone has his story,
barefoot or luxury sandals
in the cold of the poles or the heat of the tropics.
Each according to his mood,
his family, his tastes, the colour of his skin, his problems, his dreams.

I loved the theatre even more
when the actress that I was came to meet young audiences.
I realised just how fine the line is between fiction and reality.
Who is telling the truth, if truth exists?

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Interplay Europe – Festival of Young Playwrights 2012 in Buitrago, Spain

From 29 June to 8 July 2012 “Interplay Europe – Festival of Young Playwrights” will take place in Buitrago, near Madrid, Spain's capital. It will be organized by Interplay Spain. José Cruz, playwright and professor for drama at Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático, is head of the organizational team. The participation of up to 50 young playwrights and 25 tutors from 20 European countries is anticipated, and wthey ill share days full of script-discussions, workshops, rehearsed readings and theatre shows.

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best wishes for the new year!

To the write local play global community:  it's been a wonderful 2011, filled with connections and resources and new discoveries, all thanks to the wonderful energy and openness that you bring.  We have loved working with you, been inspired by your commitment and artistry, and look forward to many more adventures in the future. 

And we hope that our friends in Japan will forgive our summing up our wishes in the form of a haiku:

To amazing plays
And a brilliant new year
For all our playwrights

Warmest best wishes,

Deirdre, Tony, and Kim


Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas, Tony Mack, Kim Peter Kovac, Founders/Editors                       


David Megarrity shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (Australia)

Best wishes for WLPG member David Megarrity! His stage adaptation of his picture book The Empty City has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Drama Award. It's the first time a children's work has made the finals, and almost certainly the only time a non-verbal work has made the list. Based on the Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book 2008, The Empty City by David Megarrity and Jonathon Oxlade is an unforgettable adventure in multimedia and music for children aged 4–10 years old and their families.

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Special evening dedicated to the work of Suzanne Lebeau/Soirée exceptionnelle consacrée à Suzanne Lebeau

For anyone in or near Paris, on December 15 at 7.30, there will be a special evening dedicated Suzanne Lebeau's work as a playwright at the Tarmac (Paris, 20e). During this evening, actors will read some extracts of her plays, including new works that she will comment on. For those who don't know the work of this exceptional playwright whose works have been translated into 18 languages and produced on four continents, you can read a short biography here.

Soirée exceptionnelle consacrée à Suzanne Lebeau, l’un des auteurs québécois les plus joués dans le monde, qui a fondé avec Gervais Gaudreault le théâtre du Carrousel en 1975. Reconnue  internationalement comme le chef de file de la dramaturgie francophone jeune public.

More detailed information on Le Tarmac's website.