Finalists announced for SCrIBE 2017 playwright competition

Finalists announced for SCrIBE 2017 playwright competition

The top three finalists of the 2017 SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition have been announced. Professional staged readings of their plays will take place nightly from Monday, September 18, until Wednesday, September 20, at 7pm. The venue is the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Methodist Church Hall, corner of Milton Road and Wesley Street, Observatory, Cape Town. Entrance is free.

The winners will be announced at an event on Thursday, September 21.

Produced by the Imbewu Trust and now celebrating its sixth year, SCrIBE is a national competition which provides the opportunity for playwrights to develop their work, with various prizes to be won. These include having a script produced for a professional run, mentorship programmes and all finalists have the invaluable opportunity to engage in feedback sessions with audience members at staged readings of their scripts.

The 2017 finalists are Darrel Bristow-Bovey for his script ‘Priest With Balloons’; ‘Two Lovers’ by Ter Hollmann and ‘Gardening and Other Distractions’ by Juliette Rose-Innes.

On Monday, September 18, Richard Wright-Firth directs the reading of ‘Gardening and Other Distractions’. The play explores, among other things, youth culture and apathy taking root across the world and how things can crumble in the most mundane of ways.

On September 19 ‘Two Lovers’ will be presented. The play is a two-hander love story that looks at the arc of a romance from beginning to end and is directed by Kimberley Buckle.

Priest with Balloons will be read on September 20, directed by Terence Makapan. In a tiny, impoverished fishing village on the West Coast of South Africa, in the grip of a drought that is causing the fabric of the community to unravel, the local reverend of the church hatches an unusual plan to unite and inspire his congregation. But the reverend is locked in conflict with his brother, a television actor visiting from Johannesburg, and with Xolisa, the politically conscientised daughter of his domestic worker, and finally with himself, and his own faith, and his belief in his own place in the New South Africa.

The staged readings will be followed each night by a discussion with the audience members.

* Entrance is free and spaces allocated on a first-come, first serve basis. For further information, visit