Calling all play script writers

Zimkhitha Mathiso, Solulele Sijadu and Likhona Mangaliso in Abahlolokazi

The Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival is calling for play script applications for the 2021 season.

The development theatre platform celebrated its 10th anniversary in March. The Zabalaza team has come up with a new model for applications with the introduction of a Script Writing Programme, which came about in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects.

The Script Writing Programme will serve as a foundation phase in the first round of the selection process. It focuses on developing the skill of conceptualising and drafting scripts for theatre.

Theatre-makers, directors, script writers, community groups and theatre companies are invited to apply.

There are two options available. The first is the submission of a play script which will be further developed and refined. The second option is to submit a brief concept for the play which applicants would like to enter into the festival and which will be developed into a script.

Both options will be facilitated by Zabalaza mentors who are established industry practitioners.

The completed productions will be presented at mini festivals, which are scheduled to take place in January 2021. This is a preliminary date which will be finalised pending the country’s lockdown regulations.

The closing date for applications is Friday July 31. The link to the online form can be accessed from all Zabalaza Theatre Festival and The Baxter Theatre Centre’s social media sites, website or requested via email from