Turner, Gisele (South Africa)
Gisele starting writing original scripts in 1983 when she was part of a two-member company called Handy Spandy Players geared to pre schoolers. From 1990 to 2007 she and her partner Wendy Nell wrote, directed and performed in over 30 original productions in schools in Kwa Zulu Natal. As senior script writer and director for NPO Arley's Workshop from 2002 to 2011 she was responsible for plays such as amagama amathathu, Rain and The Green Revolution. Recently, her work Lucky Strike was runner up in the Trinity College of London International Playwriting Pompetition and her play Woof! Woof! for adolescents has been accepted for publishing by Junket and plays at the I heart Festival in Durban in October 2011. Five of her works (some with co-writers) were featured at a recent Kids Inherit! Festival at the Durban University of Technology.