Deadline looms for SCrIBE entries

The deadline for the SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition is Sunday July 31.

Celebrating its fifth year, the SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition is a platform for South African writers to develop their work. Prizes include having a script produced for a professional run at a Cape Town theatre; mentorship programmes and engaging in feedback sessions with audience members at staged readings of the script. The competition has evolved since its inception, continuously identifying how best to nurture specific scripts, writers and their writing styles.

Previous entrants have gone on to rework their text as a result of the open readings and some on to further professional runs. The 2015 winner, Francois Joubert, will have his play Four/Vier, produced by the Imbewu Trust for a run in Cape Town later this year. Kimberley Buckle, winner of the 2015 Scribbler’s Dream will work with a leading writer/ director to develop her writing style and technique. Other finalists from previous years have included acclaimed theatre makers and writers such as Joanna Evans, Menzi Mkhwane, Eliot Moleba and Gabriella Pinto.

Criteria for this year’s competition are that the scripts should be in English, no longer than 40 pages or 80 minutes long and with a maximum of five cast members. The scripts must not have been previously produced on a professional stage before and entrants must be over 18 years old. The Imbewu Trust and judges are looking for original content of outstanding quality that explores the diverse range of South African stories.

The Imbewu Trust is a non-profit organisation which was established to promote the development of contemporary South African theatre and arts and to help showcase it on an international stage. It seeks to create an accessible community of varied voices that can flourish through collaboration, resourcefulness and innovation.

The Trust created the SCrIBE Scriptwriting competition to provide new opportunities for local writers to fully develop their work.

The panel of SCrIBE judges comprises a group of seasoned theatre practitioners.

For more information and to download the entry form, visit or email