Theatre gives birth to new writers

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Twelve of the participants in a nine-month writing development programme at the Windybrow Theatre will have the opportunity to see their work performed on stage next month.

The Hillbrow theatre initiated a spoken-word programme and a programme for playwrights last year.

The programmes are intended to develop the writing skills of would-be authors.

They were designed to impart technical skills and artistic insight in script-writing for the stage.

They were developed for the Windybrow by poet and academic Kgafela Oa Mogogodi.

Twenty aspirant writers were selected to participate in these intensive teaching programmes.

During a course, each student created a script for a play or for a spoken-word performance.

Lindelwa Mahlabe, a spokesman for the theatre, said: "A key aspect of these programmes was that they provided an opportunity for interaction between the students, and the experienced writers and theatre practitioners who tutored them."

The tutors included acclaimed artists such as Jerry Mofokeng, Zenzi Mbuli, Don Mattera, Lesego Rampolokeng, Xoli Norman, Matshilo Motsei, Nokuthula Mazibuko, Lefifi Tladi and Tshepo Oa Mamatu.

As the culmination of the courses, 12 scripts have been chosen for further development and for performance at the Windybrow.

Nine of the scripts are for plays and three are for spoken- word pieces.

The Windybrow Theatre's Writers On Stage series will be launched on March 6, and will run until March 18.