NTN to develop scripts into radio dramas

By Rosalia David

THE National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) in partnership with the National Arts Council is urging freelance writers to submit scripts that will be developed into radio dramas.

In an interview with Confidente, NTN public relations officer Desiree Mentor said freelance writers are advised to submit unpublished, short scripts in indigenous languages speaking on issues facing communities nationwide.

“Writers are to submit unpublished scripts to be developed for radio dramas, of any genre and topic, solely in Namibian indigenous languages. Topical issues facing communities nationwide are strongly encouraged but scripts are not limited to only that. It can be a story on communication, folklores, education or mental health issues. It can be about anything,” she said.

Successful freelance writers will be granted N$3 000 each as a form of financial relief amid effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Namibian creative sector.

“Writers can find more information and download the application form on the website and afterward email the completed application form, attached with the script and supporting documents,” she said.

Asked on how many scripts they are looking into accepting, she said, there is no limit as there are many talented writers in Namibia.

“We will take as many scripts as we can because if we say we are only taking a certain number, it will discourage people from applying. Amongst all those scripts submitted, there might be very good stories,” she added. She however encouraged applicants to submit their applications with an English written synopsis for a clear understanding of what the story is about as well as to send the documents as a single zip file containing individual files.

Mentor further highlighted that successful applicants will be notified by March 31 and that they must be Namibian citizens with valid ID or have permanent residence in Namibia.

Applicants must be older than 18 years of age and emerging and established freelance writers are also encouraged to apply.