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Winner Of The 2020 Distell National Playwright Competition Announced

4 February 2020

Amy Louise Wilson is the winner of the 2020 Distell National Playwright Competition for her script Another Kind of Dying. The news was announced at an event in Stellenbosch on Friday, 31 January, that was attended by this year’s finalists Tseko Thukani, Happy Gladness Simelane, Tamarisk-Ray Glogauer, Philisiwe Twijnstra and Amy Louise. The 2019 winner, Koleka Putuma, performed at the ceremony.

Amy Louise’s script marks a new direction for the Johannesburg-based performer. Since graduating from Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town with a BA Honours in Drama, she has appeared in numerous local and international film, television and theatre productions. Notable credits include Fox’s The Book of Negroes and the Netflix series Troy: The Fall of a City. Her acting credits include a role in the Fugard Theatre’s The Father and The Mother. She has been experimenting with creating solo performance, beginning with her living-room performance-lecture Other People’s Homes which she created in New York. In 2019, together with Francois Knoetze, she co-founded the Lo-Def Film Factory, a pop-up experimental community cinema initiative.