Ashwin Singh

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Ashwin Singh is an attorney, lecturer, playwright, director and actor.


Singh is also a published poet and academic author.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

As a playwright he is a three-time national award winner in the PANSA/NLDTF Playreading Festival, and his plays include To House (2003), Spice 'n Stuff, Shooting and Marital Blitz (co-written with Kajal Maharaj and Nesan Pather) Duped (2005), Reoca Light, Beyond the Big Bangs, Into the Grey, Shooting and Swing

His plays have appeared in several collections, including New South African Plays (edited by Charles Fourie, 2006), Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice: Five South African Plays (2013), The Catalina Collection - South African Theatre Plays (2014), Durban Dialogues: Then and Now (2018).

As a performer he has received critical acclaim for his performances on stage, radio and film. For example he played a lead role in UK director James Brown’s short film about child abuse, One Wedding and a Funeral.

He has been a board member of the Catalina UnLtd Theatre Company and a scriptwriting and business mentor for the Playhouse Company's development programmes, as well as presenting several workshops on contracts and business enterprises for PANSA, The Playhouse Company and Catalina Theatre.

He co-founded a production company AshTal (Pty) Ltd (later known as The Singh Siblings) with his sister and mentor, Shantal Singh. These companies, alongside The Playhouse Company and the Catalina UnLtd Theatre Company, have been the most prominent producers of Singh's works.

He is a patron of the STAND Foundation.


"Ashwin Singh" in Drama Online[1]

Felicity Hand (Ed.). 2020. Durban Dialogues Dissected. An Analysis of Ashwin Singh's Plays. Stellenbosch: Sun Press.

Ashwin Singh. 2017. Durban Dialogues, Then and Now, Aurora Metro Publications Ltd.[2]

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