Twenty playwrights have an opportunity to present their script ideas to potential investors during the eighth TEKSMARK at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town this year.
Teksmark is a KKNK project, in association with NATi (Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief) and the Baxter Theatre Centre and takes place in the Baxter’s Golden Arrow Studio from Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1 September.
“We are looking forward to welcoming original script ideas by new and established playwrights at Teksmark and to provide an opportunity for possible further development of their ideas”, says Hugo Theart, CEO and Artistic Director of the KKNK.
Theart further says that more than 100 scripts were submitted for consideration, after which the independent selection panel (Ilse Oppelt, Jody Abrahams, Mannie Manim, Saartjie Botha and Cornelia Faasen), ultimately selected 18 scripts to be presented at the Baxter Theatre.
The 18 scripts and their writers are: Dryfhout by Nell van der Merwe, Found by Darryl Nel, Ken jy vir Dewie? by Ilne Fourie, Khanya and Her Golden Dream by Sibahle Mabaso, Kontrapunt by Jason Jacobs & Devon Delmar, Mahlomola a Lockdown - An Unspoken Story of Covid-19 by Ngwako Maifala, Martha by Ilse van Niekerk & Albert Maritz, Moedswil en muitery by Ingrid Winterbach, Ontbaar by Philip Rademeyer, Please don’t call me Moffie by Zubayr Charles, praat gou weer by Kanya Viljoen, Punchlines by Brent Palmer, Stoffel by Elisha Zeeman-Knoesen, The Good White by Mike van Graan, The Massacre at Mount Ursula by Louis Viljoen, Tot ’n einde by Ludwig Binge, Verloren by Andi Colombo and Waar die wind ons waai by Mikyall Harris.
Each playwright will have an opportunity during Teksmark to discuss their script idea and present it to potential investors. Thereafter an excerpt of ten minutes is performed as play reading, followed by an open discussion where the audience can ask questions to further discuss the script with the playwright and role-players, facilitated by popular TV presenter Kabous Meiring.
Excerpts are showcased by a total of 60 performers, including Ira Blanckenberg, Waldemar Schultz, Wessel Pretorius, Crystal Donna Roberts, Geon Nel, Ilse van Niekerk, Marlo Minnaar, Ludwig Binge, Veronique Jephtas, Oscar Peterson, Bianca Flanders, Mbulelo Grootboom, André Roothman, Rehane Abrahams, Nicole Holm, Faniswa Yisa, Qondiswa James and Zenobia Kloppers.
The 18 directors involved for the excerpts include Albert Maritz, Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck, De Klerk Oelofse, Rafiek Mammon, Gideon Lombard, Lwanda Sindaphi, Llandi Beeslaar and Wolf Britz amongst others.
“It remains astounding to see the number of scripts that stream in for Teksmark annually. The list of established and award-winning playwrights and off course new talent, makes one realise once more the importance of a project where the focus is on the script and the word. Every year playwrights overwhelm with the quality of scripts and their ideas – and then no doubt remains that this project is important, and above all, essential”, says Cornelia Faasen, CEO of NATi.
Lara Foot, CEO and Artistic Director of the Baxter Theatre Centre, echoes the importance of Teksmark and says this project has grown in its efforts to support young artists, playwrights, and theatre-makers over the years. “They now, more than ever, need such spaces to be nurtured, guided, and encouraged in the development of their stories and scripts. Teksmark offers a platform for all writers to play.”
In the end the aim of Teksmark is to develop new South Africa theatre scripts and present an opportunity to all South African playwrights to introduce their ideas to role-players in the theatre industry for possible further development. Festivals, theatres, producers, and other investors negotiate with writers directly for possible further development of their scripts.
Since the inception of Teksmark in 2016, 125 scripts have been included as part of this initiative, with 36 script ideas developed into full-scale productions, of which various have received an array of awards and prizes.
Attendance of Teksmark at the Baxter Theatre is free, but it is important to register on the KKNK’s website beforehand for sessions that will be attended, due to limited space available in the theatre.
For more information on Teksmark 2023 contact the KKNK office via email at email@example.com.