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"TAAC to me is like reading an old comic book. It is read by a lot of people but feels like it was made just for you."
Warren W Turner
August - December
11 Curators | 11 perspectives
Presented by the Theatre Arts Admin Collective
Over the next couple of months, a range of artists are each curating a week of performances that best reflect the questions that they as artists are interrogating in their own practice. From Dance to Performance Art and Sketching, the work is varied, innovative and a little on the edge - which is what fringe work should be. Curators include Wynne Bredenkamp, Julia de Rosenwerth, Qondiswa James, Thalia Laric, Owen Manamela-Mogane, Mandla Mbothwe,Warona Seane, Chuma Sopotela, Puleng Stewart, Jefferson Tshabalala and ASSITEJ.
16th - 20th October
CURATED CONSCIOUSNESS [Fierce Fresh Fabulous : theatre for teens]
Curated by ASSITEJ
Performances R70 | R50 students
Full Programme Here
Theatre for teenagers is often tame, patronising and didactic financed by agenda-driven adults. Fierce Fresh Fabulous challenges theatre makers to meet teenagers in their reality - one that is often brutal, hormone driven, non-conforming, uncertain and deeply questioning. Join us for a week of performances, readings of new SA texts for teenagers and screenings of international theatre for teen audiences and join the conversation about how far the boundary can be pushed when making work for and with teenagers.
22nd - 27th October
CURATED CONSCIOUSNESS [eParadesi Kabawo: Storytelling for Freedom]
Curated by Qondiswa James
Performances R70 | R50 students | #PayAsYouCan
Full Programme Here
Curated by Qondiswa James, the 1st winner of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary, eParadesi Kabawo is an exploration of the possibility of 'black womxnhood as black feminism'. Whether in a boardroom, a bedroom, a classroom, or a nursery or street or a factory – black womxn are doing the work all the time. The work of the knees.
Presented in this curation are a series of performances and conversations that focus on these new articulations of this blackness – the struggle of the collective consciousness, the struggle of our community. eParadesi Kabawo takes us back to our dinner table; back to the domestic.
28th October - 3rd November @ 7pm | Matinees on 2nd & 3rd November @ 2pm
WHERE SHE WALKED
Written and Directed by Thembela Madliki
Winner of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary 2018
Where she walked is a story about competing views and opinions. Told through the relationship between father and daughter, this evocative re-envisioning of Zakes Mda’s well-known novel Heart of Redness, Where She Walked is a story about how a family maintains their ties to their culture and tradition against a backdrop of prolonged displacement.
Thembela Madliki is the final winner of the 9-year old Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary.
4th November @ 4 - 9pm
BODY POLITIC 2: pathology
Curated by Louise Westerhout
A quarterly live performance event
Following on from our wildly successful Body Politic in June, 'pathology' will be a longer event, showcasing endurance pieces and video works on the Sunday afternoon, a discussion session with the artists and public in the late afternoon and the traditional 10min short pieces in the evening. There will also be food and refreshments.
Body Politic, founded by Louise Westerhout, has at its heart a desire to site corporeal artistic experiment in time and space. Body Politic is an informal space which illuminates ways performing artists address their bodies' complicity with, or resistance to, dominant social ideologies and structures. We acknowledge the body as a never-neutral site for conveying meaning; an always necessarily politicised site onto which meaning is inscribed.
8th - 10th November @ 7.30pm
CURATED CONSCIOUSNESS [Seriti : the Shadow in Conversation with Memory]
Curated by Owen Manamela-Mogane
Performances R80 | R50 students
Seriti is a Southern Sotho word that means shadow. It is a word that is also used for the pride of a human being as well as the spirit which becomes one of the ancestors when a person dies. This curation uses the braided frame of meanings to explore the crisis of representation of the black male body – the reflexive response to the deeply conflictual conversations between the self and the ‘shadows’ that one confronts.
8th & 10th November @ 7.30pm
Seriti - Conceptualized and Directed by: Owen Manamela-Mogane and performed by: Owen Manamela-Mogane and Bongo Lulamile Nikani
9th November @ 7.30pm & 10th November @ 8.30pm
Isithunzi - Conceptualized, Directed and Performed by Owen Manamela-Mogane and Thando Doni
13th - 15th November @ 8pm
Written and Directed by Tayla Sargent
A new and original play written and directed by Tayla Sargent, White Noise focuses on the lives of 5 very different people, all whom have pasts filled with trauma, mistakes, regrets and secrets. But what connects them?
Performed by Jessica Pybus, Michaela Richards, Michaela O’Toole, Stefan Van Der Vegte, Aimee Lakey
2 Staged Readings
Presented by Hearts and Eyes Collective
Written by Dawn Garisch
Directed by Jaqueline Dommisse
Spend early Sunday evening at Theatre Arts Admin Collective. The ticket price includes a bowl of soup and a post-performance discussion. Join the conversation and participate in the creation process as new writing makes the journey to the stage.
18th November @ 6pm
EGG. THREE STORIES
With Susan Danford and Iman Isaacs
The three short plays – Stranger, Eat and Interview – are performed under the umbrella title of: Egg. Three Stories. They form a triptych revolving around themes of mothers and daughters. Who owns the body? Who owns life? Who owns the sotry? A provocative and reflective piece.
25th November @ 6pm
With Jennifer Steyn, Warona Seane, Themba Stewart, Marty Kintu, Roshina Ratnam and Qondiswa James (and featuring a short video clip with Gideon Lombard and child actor, Keene Peters)
Carol Trehorne’s only child, Max, is in ICU with severe burns. Max, a performance artist, has set himself alight. He recovers but it becomes clear that he is planning further performances that will put him at risk of serious injury or death. Carol, a single parent and a GP in a busy suburban practice, is worried that her son is not the genius his friends think he is, but might be on drugs or going psychotic. She cannot accept that Max’s self-harm will have any effect other than to add to the meaningless violence in the world. Accident raises questions about what kind of life is worth living and what death is worth dying.
3rd & 4th December @ 2pm and 7pm
Created and Performed by Thandiwe Mqokeli
Directed by Thabisa Dinga
R50 | R20 students
WINNERS OF THE TAAC EMERGING THEATRE DIRECTORS BURSARY 2018
Thembela Madliki is a theatre maker from King William’s Town. She recently completed a Master of Arts degree in drama, specialising in Directing, at the University Currently Known as Rhodes (UCKAR). During her time at UCKAR she directed numerous productions, including the National Arts Festival (2016) student festival production Nyanga, an adaptation of The Crucible which won Best Student Production and Most Promising Student Director. In 2017 she returned to the National Arts Festival stage with her production Bayephi, which won the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award. The production went on to be performed at the 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival.
Qondiswa James is a Black, Queer, Xhosa, Womxn from the rural Transkei. She is primarily a theatre-maker, performance artist, film and theatre performer, writer and post-colonial thinker. She considers herself a Performance-Maker. A recent Honours graduate from UCT, she has directed 2 Xhosa productions Emhlab’Obomvu (Red Earth) and Silindile (We Are Waiting). She has been involved in a number of indie award winning films, including the popular South African web series, The Foxy Five, Into Us and Ours and High Fantasy, the latter which has just had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Qondiswa considers herself both an artist and an activist and has been involved in a number of social justice rpogrammes in a variety of different settings that involve art and education. She continues to work towards a decolonised post-colonial ‘African’ continent and is part of the Curriculum Change Working Group commissioned by the university to work on a pedagogical framework for a Decolonised University. She is a founding member of To The Truth:Sizile, and Suicide for the Rainbow Project.
Qondiswa directed A Faint Patch of Light, an interpretation of Fugard's Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act which performed in May 2017.
OY! THEATRE (Obs Youth Theatre)
OY! Theatre is a newly formed Youth Theatre company for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. The aim of the theatre company is to provide excellent arts education for young people, and for teens to create meaningful work for themselves and their peers. OY! Theatre kicked off its creation with Dennis Kelly's disturbing play DNA and spent the second quarter of the year learning improvisation skills with Megan Furniss. This culminatied in 2 TheatreSports style performances in June.
OY!Theatre is currently working with award winning director Thando Doni on creating an original work that speaks to their experiences. The performance will take place from the 18th - 20th October at 7pm.
OY! Theatre meets weekly during term time on Mondays and Fridays from 6-9pm. If you are interested in becoming a member of OY! Theatre, please contact Caroline on email@example.com