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Philisiwe Twijnstra

Theatre Director & Playwright



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Philisiwe Twijnstra, who has an eye for colour and shape in her costume design, has dressed the stage and her actors with care. The two big iron wash tubs are perfect as changeable props – one of the best moments is when Mattie curls up in a tub and pulls a blanket over her head.
Mattie has to come to terms with the death of her sister.
This well chosen music, unvarying and magnetic, added much to the production. Mattie and Sis is a great example of how theatre can unpack the most painful and difficult of subjects in creative ways that support human healing.

I cried in most moment, a well written play. Playful and Fun

Kerry Irvin

Womens Theatre Festival

Sugary Spice is very creative, simple but effective set. It was clever to opt for one
location - always work well with two-handers! Your cast is very good in
utilisation of the set. I get annoyed with other shows where there is a lot
of set and props that are not utilised! 

Edmund Mhlongo 
Stable Theatre 

Gisele Turner

Musho Festival


Philisiwe Twijnstra is a award nominated South African actress, musician, emerging stage director and playwright. She resides in Durban. She was selected as one of the female directors for a Womens' Theatre Festival in Johannesburg (2016) to stage her first award winning play by a Dutch writer, Theo Fransz Matty &Sis , which was also selected for Uhuru International arts Festival in Durban and Musho Theatre Festival. She was part of the novel script project (2015) after which she wrote “Salty Pillows” which is in the finalist for Pansa Playwright Festival (2017).

Ms Twijnstra is shortlisted for Short Sharp Stories (2017) for her short Story ‘Little black Sandals’ Currently she is writing her new play ’The wings of the Serpent’ and producing her recent South African script 'The Red Suitcase' and writing her first novel ‘Just a girl’ under the mentorship of Kobus Moolman. As a Vocalist under the pseudonym name ZuluBlue, she did a Miriam Makeba tribute concert with a well-respected international guitarist Madala Kunene and Patti Nokwe. 

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Pansa Festival of New Works (Salty Pillows

The reading of Philisiwe Twijnstra 's newest play. 

Salty Pillows 

12pm -16:30 

Bat Centre Music cafe


The Red Suitcase Play

Botho Festival Produces Philisiwe Twijnstra's Play The Red Suitcase directed a Mozambican  Director  Maria Combane.


Stage Reading of
The wings of The Serpent

More Details Coming Later!

Writing Sessions!


Philisiwe Twijnstra plans to write a new play and few short stories.

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