Novel-Script Writers’ Development Project

Twist Theatre Development Projects

Using the novel The Ones With Purpose by Cynthia Jele as the starting point to inspire writers, Twist Projects invites writers from across Africa to a week-long writers’ workshop, where they receive mentoring and feedback from other writers, directors and actors as they hone their craft. The result is six finely tuned short scripts that explore issues of love, loss, family and responsibility from the perspectives of six very different writers. Join us for the recorded readings of these scripts and a facilitated discussion with the writers. Twist Theatre Development Projects is a dynamic networking project that focuses on the development of community theatre groups in KwaZulu Natal and on the creation of sustainable relationships and networks for theatre development, both locally and abroad.

WATCH WONDER WOMEN by Gabriella Pinto




WATCH THE PRAYER GROUP by Gideon Jeph Wabvuta

  • Genre: Theatre
  • Format: Video
  • Duration: 6 x 12min videos
  • Language: English
  • Ages: 14+
  • Available From: July 3, 2020


Script mentor: Kobus Moolman
Directors: Roel Twijnstra, Daniel Maposa and Emma Durden
Writers: Gabriella Pinto, Gideon Wabvuta, Mbasa Tsetsana, Ncumisa Ndimeni, Tammany Barton and Tosin Tume


Gabriella Pinto is an award-winning actress, writer and director from Cape Town. Currently, she is part of the University of Johannesburg’s 2020 Playwriting Laboratory, while her latest work can be read in Living While Feminist, published by NB publishers. She is passionate about telling stories that explore the human condition.

Gideon Jeph Wabvuta is a writer and solo actor from Zimbabwe, whose work focuses on reclaiming and reframing the African narrative within theatre. His work has been showcased within Africa and beyond.

Ncumisa Ndimeni is a Johannesburg based writer who trained at the Market Theatre Laboratory. She has written award winning plays; Hani: The Legacy (2019 Naledi/ NAF17 Gold Ovation), and Pop iCherri (NAF17, Student Merit- Best Original Work). How to Crack a Coconut, her first solo written play had a run at Pop Art Theatre and forms part of the anthology Between the Pillar and the Post.

Mbasa Tsetsana is a SAFTA winning writing and published playwright. His love for writing started in 2006. He believes that the pen is far mightier than the sword and looks to engage his audiences on a cathartic and empathetic level.

Tammany Barton is a playwright and actress who believes that the only way to measure the impact of a great writer is to ask yourself ‘Do I believe the story?’ and ‘Why do I believe it?’ She is a writer who respects the art of storytelling and believes writing is a labour of love.

Tosin Tume is a playwright, performing artist, and theatre scholar. She has to her credit several published and unpublished plays. Her plays have been performed locally and internationally. Her play The Victims, won the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) 2019 Drama Award.

The writers are mentored by Kobus Moolman, the previously Pietermaritzburg-based award-winning playwright, poet and educator, who is the Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Western Cape. Roel Twijnstra, Head of Live Performance at AFDA Durban; Emma Durden from Twist Projects in South Africa; and Daniel Maposa from Savanna Trust in Zimbabwe direct the readings