The Writers' Seminar with Nadia Davids & Jay Pather

04 Nov 2022
04 Nov 2022


The UCT Department of English Literary Studies and the Institute for Creative Arts warmly invite you to join us for a discussion between Dr Polo Moji (UCT) and acclaimed South African theatre-makers Nadia Davids and Jay Pather about Nadia’s most recent play, Hold Still (2022).

Hold Still is premiering at the Flipside Theatre at the Baxter on the 7th of November and will run until the 19th. If you do have a ticket for the Friday show, there will be more than enough time to make it to the Baxter on the 11th after the seminar.

Nadia Davids is a widely published writer, academic and theatre-maker. Her plays At Her Feet, Cissie and What Remains, have been staged both locally and internationally and between them have garnered 12 Fleur du Cap awards and nominations. She recently won the 2020 Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama for What Remains. She is the current president of PEN South Africa.

Jay Pather is a choreographer, artist, curator, writer and teacher. He is the Director of the Institute for Creative Arts and a Professor at the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has worked on over 100 theatre productions in South Africa and internationally. He is curator for the Infecting the City Festival; the ICA Live Art Festival, the Afrovibes Festival (The Netherlands) and Spier Light Art.

Please note that this will be an in-person event and that the talk will be held at Hiddingh Campus in the Hiddingh Hall above the library.

We hope that you will be able to join us. All are welcome.

If you have any questions about the event, please direct them to Dr Oliver Melvill at