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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.



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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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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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.

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.



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


Interview: Playwright Deepika Arwind from India

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.

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Interview: Playwright Lereko Mfono from South Africa

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.                                                                       

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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. 

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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.

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"Birmingham: A Sense of Place" - monologues & photos

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.

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