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The Man In The Green Jacket

Eliot Moleba

(in association with Drama For Life and Education Africa)



He is finally here. If you're in Joburg this October, please join us for the premiere of my new production.
He is finally here. If you’re in Joburg this October, please join us for the premiere of my new production.

In the end, we must all move on. Well. Sort of.

Eliot Moleba premiers his new play, The Man In The Green Jacket, taking place at the Joburg Theatre (, from the 23rd – 27th October, 2013, and the production will feature an exceptional cast of Pusetso Thibedi and Tau Maserumule.

Written, in part, as a response to the Marikana massacre, the play asks whether there can be growth through tragedy. It also poses questions of our responsibility, as a society, in the aftermath of Marikana, especially the continuing challenges that face the affected families and children.

“For its often refreshing originality, its successful subtleties of theme and character

and its determination to provoke discussion rather

than violence; I think The Man in the Green Jacket

is a must see play.”

– Maurice Posniak

Ticket           : R100 pp

Booking       : or call 0861 670 670

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The play is promoting awareness nationally about the impact of the Marikana massacre on the families left behind. In partnership with Education Africa, we’ve also founded The Marikana Scholarship Fund to collect donations that will go to the educational needs of the affected children. This scholarship fund is founded on the belief that unless something is done to secure these children’s future, the perpetual cycle of illiteracy and unemployment will continue to rise.

For more info about the show, please contact:

Eliot Moleba (Director/Writer)

The Ask


The Man In Green The Jacket

The man

So we’re 7 weeks away from the opening week of my new play, The Man In Green The Jacket, which will run from the 23rd until 27th of October at the Joburg Theatre. Please follow my updates to keep up with news.

I’m also excited to confirm that on the 25th of October, the opening night of the play, will also mark the launch of The Marikana Scholarship Fund campaign. In partnership with Education Africa, we will launch the campaign to collect donations that will go towards the education of the children who lost their breadwinners during the marikana massacre last year.

So please stay tune and support the project.
For any queries, you know how to get in touch with me.


The Ask

First post since European trip

Hello friends!

It is been a while since I have updated my website.
I have just recently returned from a European trip and will now be posting frequently again.
I thought I would have time to make some posts while I was away but there was so much to go and see and experience that I just never got around it.

After 3 months of exploring new places and faces, I’m now settling into the familiar faces at home of friends and families; people I have missed dearly while I was away.

It is great to be home, and might I add, I don’t think there is any other city for me like Joburg!
The pace of life here is much more dynamic and surprisingly more interactively than anywhere else I have been. It is good to finally be home.

I will post more about my crazy adventures in Europe soon.
For now, I hope you all well.

See you later!

International Writing Competition

Call For Writers Deadline April 30, 2013 – International Writing Competition

Three prizes of $50, publication in ArtAscent Magazine including your name a link to your website, as well as exposure in ArtAscent website and social media.

The competition theme is Emergence. Emergence can mean the gradual beginning or coming forth; the event consisting of the start of something; a growth in strength or number or importance; the becoming visible. How you interpret it – literally or symbolically – is up to you.

This call for entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 500 words). Your submission may be previously published, but must be your original creation. Non-winning entries will not be published. You retain rights to your work.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2013
Entry $7

See for submission details and to enter.

ROYAL COURT – Call for playwrights – Zimbabwe


The Royal Court runs long-term play development projects in many different countries, helping to stimulate new writing and bringing many of these writers and plays to London for further work and sometimes productions. At any one time, the International Department will be working with dozens of playwrights through specific projects. Long-term play development relationships now exist through projects and exchanges with writers from Columbia, Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Uganda, Nigeria, Syria and many more. The British Council has been a key collaborator and supporter of many of the Royal Court International programmes and is delighted to be in a position to extend this work to playwrights from South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Phase One – Elyse Dodgson, Head of International Department, Royal Court will travel to South Africa where the workshop will take place, accompanied by two workshop leaders to conduct a 7 day workshop for a total of 12 Zimbabwean participants.  The aim of the workshop is to support each individual participant in writing a new contemporary play. The workshop will be designed for the needs of each writer, explore individual interests, and in the end each writer will be asked to propose an outline of a new idea for a contemporary and original play. The first draft of this play will be submitted three months after the end of the first workshop. The workshop will consist of group and individual sessions and there will also be time for writing. 

Phase Two – Once these plays are received, they are read (in their original language by one of our readers/translators if appropriate), who will then make recommendations on how or whether to proceed with each play. The team, predominantly the same (but we try to include a director if possible), travel out to work on the plays individually with the writers and do more group work exploring some common problems. Sometimes at this stage actors are used and workshops and readings done of the plays.  This again will last about a week.  At the end of this phase, the writers are asked to work on a next draft.

Phase Three – The new drafts are again read, assessed and translated before the team returns for the final phase of development work.  This can sometimes involve public rehearsed readings in the countries, either of extracts or of whole plays as well as individual meetings with each writer. Sometimes at this phase we attach the writers to local directors who will help to facilitate the development of the plays. The first three phases usually last between 18 months and two years.



The workshop will take place at Mokoya Lodge South Africa. Accommodation, food and workshop spaces will be provided.


The British Council office in Harare will book and pay your travel as well as pay for visas to get you out to South Africa for the workshop. Please be aware that you will be required to have a valid passport in order to attend the workshop. The British Council will not be in a position to help pay for any costs related to obtaining your passport.


8 March 2013 – disseminate open call
19 April 2013 – application deadline
10 May 2013 – announce participants

26th June 2013 – Fly to Johannesburg, South Africa

27th June – 5th July 2013 – Workshops

6th July – departure from South Africa

There will also be further activities as described in the 3 phases above, by applying you are committing yourself to being involved in the project for up to two years.


The applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of representatives of the British Council, Royal Court and Zimbabwean theatre professionals.

We are looking to access emerging playwrights who have some experience of writing plays and you will need to show evidence of your track record of writing plays but you do not have to demonstrate that these plays have been published or performed.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5pm Friday 19th April 2013

Applications need to be sent via email to:

You will be notified to whether your application has been successful the week commencing the 10th May 2013.

Please send the following:

–       A brief statement (motivation letter) of why you would like to attend the workshop

–       A single page CV including your date of birth and gender

–       One scene from a recent play you have written and a synopsis of that play

–       Two letters of recommendation

We ask that the application be in English and the workshop will be conducted in English but samples of your work can be written in any language and we will arrange for appropriate translations to be made.

Please contact Kudzayi Ngwerume, Arts Manager, British Council Zimbabwe if you have any further queries Tel: 4 701659


The British Council has been working on new writing projects all over the world for many years, one of the great strengths of the UK performing arts practice is the development of contemporary writers and the support they receive in accessing audiences. One of the leading theatres working in this field is the Royal Court in London. The Royal Court was established in the 1950s and its ambition was to produce more new plays than any other theatre in Britain, with plays by Caryl Churchill, Terry Johnson and David Hare sitting side by side with work from young playwrights such as Simon Stephens, Roy Williams and Leo Butler. The Young Writers Festival and International Season continue to produce the hottest new talent from the UK and around the world.

Further information about the British Council and the Royal Court can be found at:

Pictures: The Man In The Green Jacket (Stage reading)

These photos were taken by David Ceruti.

The reading was staged at the Wits Nunnery on the 4th of March 2013.


About Eliot Moleba

This is a picture of me and some crazy people in Cameroon. It was a group of artists from around Africa last year. We meet again this October to create a new play for young audiences.

I’m a playwright, theatre-maker and director. I am very passionate about storytelling and I believe we, as people, are made up of no more than a collection of stories. They shape and influence who I was, I am and will be. It is through our stories that we remind ourselves and each other what it means to share, experience and embrace our common humanity.

Follow me on my blog/website:

Let’s make a new story!

The Wits Writer’s Club


The goal of this webpage is to provide a platform for new and established writers and poets in South Africa and internationally to interact, publish their works and exchange ideas.

If you have your own writings you want to read during the session, then the facilitator must be notified so that we can plan it into the programme. We don’t want the sessions to drag without any sense of direction, so for each meeting I will select a facilitator who will prepare a guideline for us. We want you to get the best out of each session!

The facilitators will be from a range of writing disciplines so that we can cover everyone’s particular interest: poetry, short stories, novels, playwright, scriptwriter, song writers, essayist, journalism, etc.

General Information

We meet twice every month.
Each session will be led by a writer who will take us through their approach, techniques and general process as a writer.

The Wits Writer’s Club is for anyone (Witsie or not) who wants to work on their writing.
If you think that writing is a critical skill that needs to be nurtured and developed, then this platform is for you. Come and share your writing and ideas with us!

For more info, visit our FB page below: