Roel Twijinstra talks about his three projects he took down to the National Arts Festival 2016.
Novel script project.
It is a masterclass for playwrights from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. The starting point of the project is a novel that triggers the inspiration of the playwrights. This year the novel was ” We need new names” from the Zimbabwean writer Noviolet Bulawayo. The results are presented on the festival and are often the starting point of a production. In 2012 we adapted the novel Madonna of Excelsior from Zakes Mda into a full length production that was selected for the main programme of NAF in 2013. In 2014 we adapted Sleepwalking land by the Mozambican writer Mia Couto, ten writers made there own concepts and wrote scenes based on the novel.
We launched our new book ” Theatre Production in South Africa: Skills and inspirations” The book has interviews with different SA producers. It is a user-friendly introduction to the role of the theatre producer, and explores the skills needed to bring a production from an idea to an audience.
SLEEPWALKINGLAND (directed by Roel Twijinstra)
A site specific theatre production/spectacle that was one of the highlights of the NAF this year. The story is based on the novel of Mia Couto and plays in a war torn Mozambique in the eighties. With a cast of 25 actors including four community theatre groups from KZN.