Local wins regional final of scriptwriting competition

2017-04-12 06:02
From left are Mark Fletcher, Robert Lourens, Anneke Groenewald, Aarti Narotam, Vanessa Smith and Justin Oliphant, the team behind the winning play, The Road.Photo:SUPPLIED

From left are Mark Fletcher, Robert Lourens, Anneke Groenewald, Aarti Narotam, Vanessa Smith and Justin Oliphant, the team behind the winning play, The Road.Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE Performing Arts Network of Southern Africa (PANSA) recently declared local writer, Robert Lourens, the winner of the regional final of the Festival of Reading of New Writing for his play The Road.

The Festival of Reading of New Writing is a scriptwriting competition for new, emerging and experienced writers.

The finals were held on April 1 and an enthusiastic crowd watched staged readings of the three regional finalists.

Lourens won the first prize of R20 000. The reading was directed by Stageworld graduate Anneke Groenewald and featured Mark Fletcher, Aarti Narotam, Justin Oliphant and Vanessa Smith as the four diverse characters illegally travelling together to the National Alcoholics Anonymous Convention in 1987.

Lourens’ interest in theatre began in 1973 and he has tackled many different roles over the years, including stage manager, director, lighting designer, producer and sound engineer.

He co-wrote and produced several shows with his wife, Marianah.

He attended a writing workshop with Roy Sargeant and his short play, Shadows in the Rainbow, was produced under the direction of Marlene Pieterse.

PANSA’s Eastern Cape Chairman, Lance Bright, praised the quality of the works submitted and wished the winning team well in the national finals which will take place on May 6 and 7 in Cape Town.

The competition was made possible by a grant of R1.8 million from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

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