Lalu Mokuku is a theatre maker, writer, facilitator and citizen of the world, currently based in South Africa. She studied in Lesotho and South Africa. She co-wrote Dipalo, the ASSITEJ SA Award winning play, with U.K. theatre maker and writer, Ginni Manning. She is a co-editor of Aerial 2018 publication where her short stories, poems and prose are featured. Her drabble appears in the 2019 English Academy Review (EAR). She currently facilitates learning at Rhodes University’s Drama Department, focusing on theatre for social justice, as well as theatre making for children and young audiences. Under the mentorship of Makhaola Ndebele, she directed a 100% Sesotho play, Mosali Eo U’Neileng Eena by Ntšeliseng ’Masechele Khaketla, for the Market Theatre. Lalu is a member of Write Local Play Global, the playwright organisation associated with the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), and an Executive Committee member of ASSITEJ. She is one of 20 playwrights who participated in the 2020 University of Johannesburg’s Playwriting Laboratory. Her research interests include translanguaging and exploring how the arts can facilitate the learning of mathematics in schools and beyond.
Ginni Manning is a playwright, theatre maker and writer from Liverpool, U.K., who co-wrote Dipalo, the Assitej Award winning play, with Lalu Mokuku, a theatre maker from South Africa.
Ginni completed the Higher Education Certificate of Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool in 2013, concentrating on Screenwriting and Writing for Performance. She was an inaugural participant in the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres Playwright Development Programme in Liverpool in 2015 and completed the M.R. Advanced Playwright Programme in London in 2018. Ginni worked alongside the Lantern Writers, promoting new theatre writing, for five years. She is a member of Write Local Play Global, the playwright organisation associated with ASSITEJ (Th e International Association of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences) and performed at the ASSITEJ 2017 Cradle of Creativity.
She has theatre work on regularly in the U.K. She is a facilitator and writer for Writing on the Wall, based in Liverpool. She appeared at the Action Transport Theatre Writers’ Ball as Writer In Residence and assists their Young Writers group, with award winning playwright, Kevin Dyer. In 2020, Ginni was chosen by the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool to be part of the Sphinx 30 Theatre Female Playwright Development Programme, in which she receives a commission to write a full-length play and attends masterclasses with a network of 30 other female playwrights nationally.