Category Archives: Writing

Play Making and Script Development master classes

SA State Theatre

02/07/2017 10:10:35

SAST is calling arts practitioners who would like to refine their writing skills to be part of the Play Making and Script Development master classes. These are run by The South African State Theatre’s (SAST) Education Youth and Children Theatre (EYCT) Department.

Interested candidates are required to have a foundation of knowledge in play writing. Please submit CV’s and biographies to nompumelelo@statetheatre.co.za with the subject line “Play Making Master Class”. Applications closes 25 February 2017.

Classes will be conducted as follows:
– Dates: 03 – 05 March 2017
– Times: 09:00 – 17:00 daily

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be mastered by Mr Eliot Moleba. This is a great opportunity for aspiring arts practitioners to acquire skills and broaden knowledge that will enable them to open doors of the industry.

The EYCT continues to develop artists and provide them with opportunities to become independent and create work for themselves.

For more information please contact Nompumelelo Skhosana on 012 392 4062 or e-mail her on nompumelelo@statetheatre.co.za. Please also visit our website www.statetheatre.co.za

Artslink.co.za Account:
Thakgatso Setseta
thakgatso@statetheatre.co.za
012 392 4045
www.statetheatre.co.za

Related Venue:

SA State Theatre Complex, Pretoria Gauteng South Africa
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1 jour 1 pièce / 1 day 1 play / 1 dia 1 obra

ASSITEJ France has the pleasure to invite you to take part in its instant playwriting game, “1 day, 1 play”, organised to celebrate the World Day of Theater for Children (WDT), on March 20th.

Last year, with the support of ASSITEJ networkWrite Local, Play Global, 45 playwrights from 14 countries took part of it.

As for the last editions, we chose the simplest rules, to ensure anyone interested in playwriting and TYA can participate.

All you have to do is to select a date, from March 1st to 15th, and to register here. On the D-day, you will be sent the subject, and surprise helpers for your story. You then will have 24 hours to write and send your short play (500 to 700 words), in your own personal style and language.

Plays will be translated into French, and released on 1 day 1 play’s website, as in 2014 and 2015, at the occasion of the WDT.

To see my contributions, click here.

Two Young Artists from Cwmbran and South Africa Breaking New Ground with Arad Goch

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There was a lot of excitement and energy in Canolfan Arad Goch throughout March and April, as two young artists, Chris Harris and Eliot Moleba worked on an exciting theatre project based on immigrants and race. Chris from Cwmbran and Eliot from South Africa were working through the 6X1 scheme with Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch until the beginning of April. In that time, the two young artists created a new piece of theatre, and did so by taking advantage of Arad Goch’s facilities and expertise.

Eliot and Chris first met during the International Theatre Festival, Agor Drysau / Opening Doors in 2014 and Eliot Moleba mentions that they’ve wanted to work together since then;

“Since 2014 we’ve been trying to work together. It’s surreal to think, here we are!” (Eliot Moleba)

Eliot Moleba is a 29 year old artist from South Africa who specialises in theatre work. At the moment, Eliot is a Resident Dramaturg with the South African State Theatre. One of his most recent touring productions was The Orphan Of Gaza which toured around South Africa in 201[5].

“It was exciting working on something meaningful which responds to a current global issue” (Eliot Moleba)

Eliot came to know about Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch after being accepted to do a placement with the company during the Agor Drysau Opening Doors festival in 2014. The opportunity was arranged through ASSITEJ (l’Association Internationale du Theatre Pour L’Enfance et La Jeunesse – The International Association Of Theatre For Children and Young People), where Arad Goch’s Creative Director Jeremy Turner was a member.

“We’ve kept in touch since then and are extremely pleased that Eliot is now working with a young Welsh writer and performer, Chris Harris who started his professional career with Arad Goch, after graduating from Aberystwyth University.” (Jeremy Turner)

Chris Harris’ first professional job in the theatre industry was as an actor in Arad Goch’s production Madog. By now, Chris works as an assistant at Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran. As well as this, Chris often works with Sherman Theatre, and has also been working on his own original theatre work. His one-person show Golf Course War Machine opened in Arad Goch and is touring theatres at the moment and there was a reading of his latest drama, which won the Richard Carne Award, Heterochromia on the 26th of April at the Sherman Theatre.

“I love exploring working in a way where language isn’t integral to the storytelling” (Chris Harris)

Chris and Eliot’s project touched on themes such as race, immigrants, childhood and racism and will came to its conclusion with a presentation and discussion of the production at Canolfan Arad Goch.

“Nice to come here in a creative capacity and thankful for the opportunity – it’s very rare to be given a chance like this where you can just explore and play and create something. We’re very grateful for the trust Arad Goch has given us.”

Phone 01970617998 or email carwyn@aradgoch.org for more information.

03/05/2017

This article first appeared here

PlayRiot making waves in big places!

Children’s Monologues

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Four of PlayRiot’s writers will have their work directed by Danny Boyle (director of films like Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting) at the upcoming Children’s Monologues play at the Royal Court Theatre. These monologues will be performed by actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sienna Miller, Josh Hartnett, James McAvoy and others.

Contributing writers include: James Graham, Tanika Gupta MBE, Sir David Hare, Amy Jephta, Neil LaBute, Napo Masheane, Eliot Moleba, Mongiwekhaya, Jack Thorne, Laura Wade, Richard Warlow, Roy Williams OBE.

Read more about the Children’s Monologues here.

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The Orphan of Gaza

Extra, extra, read all about!

We premier a new play, The Orphan of Gaza, with the generous support of ASSITEJ SA and CurioCity Backpackers.

Details of the premier at The National School of the Arts. This play is specifically targeting 7-10 year olds.
Details of the premier at The National School of the Arts. This play is specifically targeting 7-10 year olds.

The Play:

After a rocket attack, a little girl is told that her parents have gone to a better place. Armed with a makeshift aircraft, helmet, GPS and a cockpit full of courage, she and her pet plot a journey to search for them.

Meet the creative team:

Cast                : Nidaa Husian and Megan Van Wyk

Writers            : Eliot Moleba

Dramaturge   : Charlotte Loriot

Director          : Eliot Moleba

Stage Manager: Nobantu Shabangu and Baeletsi Tsatsi

To book/RSVP your seat and your children, nephews, nieces, and cats, please contact me on:

Email: info(at)eliotmoleba(dot)com

Inspiring A Generation

Inspiring a Generation is an ongoing annual programme, which gives four-five emerging artists a year-long mentorship in theatre for young audiences. The programme is run by partners, ASSITEJ SA and Theatre Arts Admin Collective. The mentorship aims to inspire theatre practitioners to make high quality  theatre for young audiences in South Africa. The title of the programme refers to our hope of building a new generation of theatre makers working in the area of theatre for children and young people, and through their work building a generation of children and young people who love and are inspired by theatre performance.

Each mentorship includes networking, workshops, mentoring, international travel and exchange, and the production of a playscript or play through mechanisms appropriate to the particular piece being developed.

2013

2013 Participants, who will do their exchange in Paris, France with the festival Ere de Jeu are:

  • Tristan Jacobs
  • Elliot Moleba
  • Lereko Mfono
  • Clara Vaughn

About the 2013 programme – “Correspondance”:

Professional artists will work with learners at the National School of the Arts to develop four plays aimed at a teen audience. Theatre for teens has tended to fall into certain categories in South Africa: overtly educational, very issues-based, or related to school setworks. We are looking for fresh, breaking boundaries productions which speak to today’s teenager in a voice they can identify with, and which challenge and inspire them to engage with theatre. These writers will engage with four writers at the French festival Ere de Jeu in Paris in November 2013, as part of the French-South Africa Season, funded by NAC and French Institute. They will also give workshops for French teenagers, and witness French teens encountering the South African production by Magnet theatre, “Every Year Every Day I am Walking”.

Focus: Teen audiences

Partners: ASSITEJ SA, Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Well Worn Theatre, National School of the Arts, Magnet Theatre, Ere de Jeu festival

Sponsored by National Arts Council and French Institute as part of SA-French Seasons of Performance.

THE MAN IN THE GREEN JACKET

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

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.

When everything else goes wrong, hope is the only thing left to count on.

The play is set against the backdrop of an impending labour unrest; a retired mine worker, John Ledwaba, has become a recluse since the death of his wife. His militant son, Oupa Ledwaba, tries to persuade him to let go of the trauma of the past and live again; that out of the ashes there can be growth, a new life to live. John refuses to let go. Afraid of ending up like John, Oupa forces his father to face their reality he has avoided for many years. Will the father ever “live” again?

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 facing 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

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