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The Winners of the Competition 2006

“The International Playwrights’ Forum of the International Theatre Institute organises biennial playwriting competitions, to encourage contemporary writing. The playwrights’ identity is unknown to the Jury, and the plays are judged solely on their quality and on their reference to the subject set by IPF.”

The winners are:

1st prize:
Ndifor Eleves (Elvis) F. Abdul, Republic of Niger for „Because of my brother“

2nd prize:
Pascal Nordmann, Switzerland for „Les Guetteurs“

3rd prize:
Andreas Flourakis, Greece for „Psychic Force“

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1st prize:
Ndifor Eleves (Elvis) F. Abdul, Republic of Niger for „Because of my brother“

NDIFOR ELEVES (ELVIS) FUNUI ABDUL
Born 22nd of May 1980 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. His father is a Cameroonian and his mother is from Niger; so he holds both nationalities. He is a translator by profession with GOAL Ireland in Niger (www.goal.ie). He is a G.C.E Advanced Level holder in English Literature (C Grade); World History (E Grade) and French Literature (A Grade) obtained from the Cameroon College of Arts, Science and Technology, CCAST Bambili in the North West Province of Cameroon. He also attended the University of Yaoundé.

He frequently entered writing competitions (radio drama, short stories, monodrama, essays etc.) and has been short listed in some international writing competitions and has won some minor writing competitions.



BECAUSE OF MY BROTHER
Synopsis
The play takes place somewhere in Africa and we are in the 21st Century. The main theme in this play is emigration and the negative impacts it sometime has on some families especially when they sacrifice all they have just to send a family member abroad. In this play, Zambo tells us the story of his elder brother, Ambe, who was so ambitious to go abroad and after a lot of pain, succeeded in convincing his father to borrow money from the bank placing his house and land as collateral security just to send him abroad. His father hoped that once abroad, Ambe will make millions of CFA francs and send some money to repay the loan. As the deadline for the repayment of the loan draws near, Ambe has not even written a letter to say anything about his journey or the money that was borrowed to send him abroad. On the morning of the deadline fixed to repay the loan, Mr. Neba, their father, commits suicide in order to avoid the shame of seeing his property seized by the bank. Shocked by his death, his wife dies from a heart attack. Orphaned by the death of their parents, the children embrace life in different ways: the girls embrace prostitution; one of the sons embraces banditry and one becomes a cleaner. These ways of life lead them to different destinies: death, prison and the church. Manka, Ambe’s fiancée before he left the country, becomes a staunch Christian after rejecting many men that came asking her hand in marriage. The reason for this was that she had promised to wait for Ambe’s return. In the end, Zambo benefits from a presidential clemency and leaves prison; one of his sisters dies and the other finally finds a husbands and their younger brother has his life imprisonment reduced.

In short, the play is a warning to those in developing countries who think going to Europe or the United States of America is the best solution to their problems in Africa.

Would you please contact Ndifor Eleves (Elvis) Funui Abdul. if you are interested in reading “Because of my brother”.


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2nd prize:
Pascal Nordmann, Switzerland for „Les Guetteurs“

PASCAL NORDMANN
Born in 1957 in Paris. He is a writer, a theatre director and actor (Jacques Lecoq, Paris) as well as a sculptor and artist of Fine Arts. He has been living in Geneva, Paris and Detmold (Germany), where he has founded 1986 the theatre company «Clairos Theatre». 1986-1996 he has written plays for his company and was responsible for the directing and the stage designing. Performances in Germany, Poland, France, Holland and Switzerland.

2000 he was playwright in residence for the «Comédie de Genève». He published many novels and plays. He lives today in Geneva, is a webdesigner and works on a Electronic Literature in French («Création automatique de littérature de langue française/ Encyclopédie Mutante»)

More details about Pascal Nordmann: www.pascal-nordmann.com.


LES GUETTEURS
Synopsis in English will be published soon.

Résumé
En ce temps-là, j'avais une amie qui prétendait se placer chaque soir devant un grand miroir qu'elle avait installé à l'endroit du texte qu'elle occupait, un grand miroir devant lequel elle se dévêtait, comme elle disait, autant et même plus qu'il est possible, enlevant tout ce qu'il est possible d'enlever mais aussi tout ce qu'il est impossible d'enlever, ses rides, rires, sourires et soucis et qui disait que lorsqu'elle avait retiré tout ce qu'elle pouvait retirer, qu'elle se regardait, plus nue que nue dans son miroir, elle ne voyait qu'une valise lourde et close, une unique valise, flottant dans le vide du miroir, disait-elle, or je ne parvenais pas à y croire …

Ce monologue est le premier d'une série de trois monologues de femmes.

De virgule en virgule, la voix s'incarne, vingt mille femmes pourraient parler, une seule sera audible, de quoi parlera-t-elle si ce n'est d'elle-même, lentement, elle descend dans l'hiver mais ce n'est pas un hiver comme les autres, c'est le sien, son hiver, là, un château l'attend …

Would you please contact Pascal Nordmann. if you are interested in reading «Les Guetteurs».




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3rd prize:
Andreas Flourakis, Greece for „Psychic Force“

ANDREAS FLOURAKIS
Born in 1969 in Athens, Greece. He is a writer and instructor of playwriting. He participated in the Royal Court International Residency in 2001 and served as visiting professor on Playwriting at The University of Kansas as well as at several institutions in Greece. Honors include a Fulbright Artist Award, a Writer in Residence Award at the Royal Court International Residency and currently a MA in Writing for the Stage and Broadcast Media at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He has published three books of poems, two novels and three plays. His plays have been staged in Greece, in United Kingdom and in the United States.







PSYCHIC FORCE
Synopsis
Cassandra leaves the underworld temporarily behind her, after Iphigenia's evocation. Cassandra, on her way to the world of the living, narrates a series of stories which connect her either to a setting of ancient and contemporary myths or to the realm of memory and dream. Cassandra is a girl as odd as any imaginative creature with a firm grasp of what death is about. Her speech aims at infusing the events of the Atreides’ myth with aspects of the contemporary complex reality.

Would you please contact Andreas Flourakis. if you are interested in reading „Psychic Force“.



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The Winners of the Competition 2006
Plays for the Young
 

“The International Playwrights’ Forum of the International Theatre Institute organises biennial playwriting competitions, to encourage contemporary writing. The playwrights’ identity is unknown to the Jury, and the plays are judged solely on their quality and on their reference to the subject set by IPF.”

The Jury selected two plays unanimously for the first price. The decision of the Jury was that a play for young children, should share 1st Prize with a play for older children-adolescents, since the entries of the two categories could not be compared.

The winners are:

 

1st prize (for younger children):
Vladimir Oravsky & Kurt Peter Larsen “AAAHR!!!”

1st prize (for older children – adolescence):
Irene N. Watts “Lillie”

2nd prize:
Muriel Parmelan “Un grand-père formidable”.

 

Here is some more information about "AAAHR!!!" by Vladimir Oravsky & Kurt Peter Larsen including the full play in English as a PDF-File for reading and/or download. If you are interested in staging the play, please contact the winners directly.

If you want to read the Swedish original: This is the link where you can get the book. >>publisher of "ÄÄÄHR!!!"

The address of them you will find at the end of the play, in the PDF-File.

"AAAHR!!!" PDF-File, English

 
About the authors:
 
 
Vladimir Oravsky (left):

Swedish author and film director. Born 22.1 1947 in Czechoslovakia.

Before Oravsky decided to be a full-time writer he made a living in Czechoslovakia as machine engineer and conveyor belt constructor. In Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Thailand and USA Oravsky survived as dishwasher, cleaner, newspaperman, dock worker, gold-washer, pea picker, tractor driver, cook, actor, photographer, translator, copywriter, literary critic, dramaturgist, lecturer, teacher, culture bureaucrat, such as culture manager for Umeå municipality, film- and theatre director and producer.

Oravsky is published by many publishing houses, as Studentlitteratur, h:ström – Text & Kultur, Nya Doxa, Symposion, Raketförlaget, Lundtofte Publishing, De Rode Kamer and Branner og Koch.

Oravsky has published books for children and youth, commissioned plays and screenplays. As his favorite model George S. Kaufman, Oravsky works often in collaboration with writing partners, among them Kurt Peter Larsen, Daniel Malmen, Michael Segerström, Lars von Trier, Jakob Stegelman, Natasa Durovicova.

Vladimir Oravsky and Kurt Peter Larsen are joint winners of 2006 International award for best play for children, organized by International Playwrights’ Forum, International Theatre Institute / ITI and International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People / ASSITEJ, for their contribution “AAAHR!!!”

“The Diary of Zlata Ibrahimivic” by Oravsky & Malmen was one of winning plays in competition, organized by Royal Drama Theatre / Elverket in Stockholm.

Books on film

”Film 1983: the best of the Year”, 1983, co-author: J. Stegelmann.
”Film 84: film årbogen 1984” (Film Year book 1984), co-author: J. Stegelmann.
”I skuggornas hetta” (In the Heat of Shadows), 1984, co-author: Olle Ekstrand, N. Durovicova, Kerstin Sandström.
”Ånden i biostaden” (Soul of the Cinema), 1985, co-author: O. Ekstrand, N. Durovicova, Sven-Erik Svensson.

Books for children and youth

Autobiographic: ”Öya, en flicka liten som ett busfrö” (Öya, a Little Girl Devil), 1988, co-author: Elsa Thern.
”Öya växer till sig”, (Öya Grows up), 1989, co-author: E Thern.
”Dumma byxa ut och gå när man nappar på en tå” (Out, Silly Trousers!), 2004.
”Herman och Tusse” (Herman and Tusse), 1989, co-author: K. P. Larsen.
”Herman och stjärnorna” (Herman and the Stars), 1989, co-author: K. P. Larsen.
”Harry - en bussig buss” (Harry, a Kind Bus) 1989, co-author: K. P. Larsen.

Refugee trilogy

”Zlata Ibrahimovics dagbok” (The Diary of Zlata Ibrahimovic), 2004, co-author: D. Malmén.
”Det rena landet : en berättelse om våldtäkt” (The Immaculate Country : a Rape Story), 2007, co-author: D. Malmén.
”På väg : Berättelser av Zlata Ibrahimovic” (On the Way : Stories by Zlata Ibrahimovic), 2007.

 

Kurt Peter Larsen (right):

Born 1953 in rural Denmark. Kurt is fond of saying that the city moved to him not the other way around. A joiner rather than a beater, Kurt quickly adopted to the city life of Copenhagen where he, while conducting disparate studies at university for his education, and performing civil service for his survival, met up with his future writing partner Vladimir Oravsky. Thus encouraged, yet and other change took place, that into the life of a professional published writer in wide range of genres. His works include stories, commissioned plays and screen plays, one and half libretto as well as children’s books and commercial copy, most of which in collaboration with Vladimir Oravsky.

Making his American debut with his and Vladimir’s “My Astrid!” is an old dream come true for Kurt.