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FRESH PERSPECTIVES - A Pre- National Arts Festival Makhanda Season
17th - 24th June
Missing out the National Arts Festival Makhanda (Grahamstown) this winter? Missing freezing weather, great productions, fabulous company and delicious food? Then join us at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective for Fresh Perspectives - a pre-NAF season. Homemade soup and bread (R40) will be served after each performance as well as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and home-baked treats. All of this will fund OY!Theatre and their trip to the NAF.
17th June @ 3pm | 20th - 21st June @7pm
Directed by Thando Doni
AGE: 14-18 years old
The story explores questions of street justice and community responses to drug culture in the Western Cape. As children are placed under threat, so families seek to create alternative pathways for the next generation. Performed by actors and puppeteers Sipho Ngxola, Luyanda Nogodlwana, Siphokazi Mpofu, Sipho Mahlatshana, Asanda Rilityana and Mandiseli Maseti.
Ukwanda Puppets and Design was trained by and is mentored by Handspring Puppet Company they are currently the resident company of the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape.
18th - 19th June @ 7pm
OY! Theatre presents
THROUGH OUR EYES
Written by Cast | Directed by Thando Doni
R70 - R100
There is the world as adults see it. Then there is the world as young people tell it. Through Our Eyes is a frank and disarming account of how this company of young actors make sense of their lives. Theirs is not a sentimental foray into teenage angst. Far from it. The young cast, aged between 13 and 18 have brought their wit, their wisdom and their vulnerability to craft this devised play. Their storytelling and nuanced theatre language belies their age. Under the craftful direction of multi-award winning Thando Doni, they have blossomed into committed actors offering their diverse stories of culture, displacement, sexuality and belonging.
Through Our Eyes will leave you wondering about the wholeness and complexity of youth. It will ask you to consider again, the struggles and triumph of young people and challenge you to drop the stereotype of who you think they are.
OY! Theatre Company is everything we hope for young people and ourselves. They are curious, articulate, diverse, passionate and navigating the world through performance.
If you would like to donate directly to OY!Theatre to help them get to the National Arts Festival Makhanda, click here
Through Our Eyes will perform at the NG Kerk at the NAF from the 27th - 30th June.
22nd - 24th June @7pm
A FAINT PATCH OF LIGHT
An interpretation of Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act by Athol Fugard
Directed by Qondiswa James
R70 - R100
Nominated for 2 Fleur du Caps this year (Best Emerging Director and Best Performer), A Faint Patch of Light is a deliberate queering of Athol Fugard's classic text Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act - an intimate play of black lesbian love in a context of inevitable violence.
To be queer and black and a womxn means that every day I must live in fear of, not only ostracisation from heteronormative society, but also of real violence being done to my body. For me this context of fear is much like the fear the ‘Immorality Act’ except that here the judge, jury and executioner is not just a racist white supremacist government but a society continuing to perpetuate rape culture; a law system that protects the rights of perpetrators but questions the lived experience of the survivor; a government with rapists and murderers as presidents; and men who have ever done violence on queer, trans, non-binary and womxn bodies (Qondiswa James)
A Faint Patch of Light will perform as part of The Edge at the NAF from the 1st to the 6th July
WHERE SHE WALKED
Directed by Thembela Madliki
R70 - R100
Where She Walked is set in a family home in the rural Eastern Cape and tells the story of an ailing, stubborn father and a young educated daughter who are at odds over plans to sell their family home and the land it is on. Their disagreement reflects a history of competing beliefs in their family, and in our society, as change and progress come up against culture and tradition. Where She Walked uses magic realism to explore the underlying tensions between father and daughter, merging the past and the present to examine their estranged relationship.
Performed by Indalo Stofile, Nthabeleng Jafta and Mkhuseli Richard Tafane.
Where She Walked is part of the Arena programme at the NAF from the 2nd - 4th July
28th June @ 6pm
BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOUR
Created and performed by mother-daughter duo Vanda and Thola
Black and White In Colour is the second show by mother-daughter duo, Vanda and Thola. In this performance, they tackle the more uncomfortable, more confrontational realities of their lives as adoptee and adoptive parent. They interview each other, asking questions collected from years of strangers feeling that they have the right to ask personal questions. They invite you to join them on a journey of learning, growing and sharing.
Bookings via e-mail only - firstname.lastname@example.org
5th - 13th July @ 7pm | 6th & 13th July @ 3pm
KLIPPIES VAN DIE GROND
Directed by Raezeen Wentworth and Iman Isaacs | Written by Raezeen Wentworth, Iman Isaacs and Carlo Daniels
R80 | R60 block booking
Klippies Van Die Grond is about a young man who commits a crime while under the influence of drugs. When the smoke clears the question of responsibility comes to the foreground. Divided by the want for harsher sentences and the need for rehabilitation, members of the community are vocal about their outrage and interrogates government’s passivity. The story is told through the medium of Physical Theatre as one body traverses multiple characters, shifts spaces and plays between time through memory.
Performed by Carlo Daniels and composed by Jannous Aukema.
The Cape Towner (2017)
23rd - 27th & 29th July @ 7pm | matinee on 27th July @ 3pm | 28th July @ 5pm
Written and Directed by Olivia Fischer
“He's the victim, Nick, and I'm the drunk girl.” After the music has died, the red cups trashed, the gavel's fallen and the sentence passed down – what remains? STILL follows three young adults whose lives are at once changed and entangled forever. Chloe, Aaron and Julia attended a party wanting to start the school break with a bang. Instead, sinister events unfold that leaves one teen violated, another dead and the rest reeling. Years later Aaron and Julia are brought together by an underwhelming high school reunion but it is their need to absolve, to forget, to heal, that forces them to revisit what really happened that night at that party in that dark bedroom.
Fresh from the Los Angeles Fringe, this is Olivia Fischer's startling debut as writer and director.
10th - 15th September @ 7pm | 14th - 15th September @ 3pm
Directed by Morapeleng Molekoa and performed by Tafara Nyatsanza
R70 | R50 Students
The writing process of SCOTT began in 2018 in response to a tragic incident that took place in Cape Town. In July 2018 I came across a Facebook post by Tankiso Mamabolo which read:
"An Afrikaans lady and her dog survived a head on collision. You would think this is a happy ending until you read the story further and realize that her black employee was sitting at the back of the bakkie and unfortunately didn't survive."
Upon reading this, I was compelled to ask:
How did this man's death affect his family (supposing he had one)? Is it possible that he also could've survived the collision if he had been allowed to sit in the front, along with the dog? More often than not, we see black men seated at the back of bakkies going to-and-fro work. How many of them have suffered the same fate, and how many other families have had to deal with losing them?
SCOTT traces the life and and struggles of Sizwe, a gardener from Nyanga, who works for a white woman in Constantia looking after her dog, Scott. When Scott dies, Sizwe helps the woman to mourn and grieve for her dog. A few weeks later, Sizwe's mother dies and things take a turn for the worse. The production is about questioning the equivalence of how animals are treated in white communities in relation to black bodies.
POISE - A movement retreat with dancer-psychologist Tossie van Tonder aka Nobonke
Sundays 4 - 7pm from the 12th May – 9th June 2019.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE NOW!
The retreat focuses on the embodied integration of fundamental aspects of our being in
order to promote overall mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, interpersonal and social
What to expect and booking details
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 works on a production per term for the first 3 terms of the year.
OY! Theatre meets weekly during term time on Mondays and Fridays from 6-9pm during summer and 5-8pm during winter. If you are interested in becoming a member of OY! Theatre in 2019, please contact Caroline on email@example.com. There are 3 places available in the company.
OY!Theatre is currently working on taking their production Through Our Eyes, written by the cast and directed by Thando Doni, to the National Arts Festival. 2 fundraiser performances will take place on the 18th and 19th June at 7pm. Tickets are R70 - R100.