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The Theatre Arts Admin Collective is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary. Both bursary productions will take place in July and August. Much love and thanks to Distell for making this possible.
Nwabisa Plaatjie is an independent artist with a BA (HONs) in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town who has also been mentored by Magnet Theatre through their year-long Theatre- Making Internship Programme. She comes from Ugie, Eastern Cape. NgumaNtsundu, uMngxongo, uSophitsho, Yem-yem, Ngqolomsila, uMadiba owadiba’iindoga, uHala. She has worked as a theatre-maker, director and actor. Her archive of work includes 3 original plays, Identirrhaging (2015), Aha! (2016) and 23 Years, a month and 7 days (2016). Her most recent works, Aha! For 2-7year olds just got back from Hellwack Theater festival for the Early years in Hamm, Germany and her other play 23 Years, a Month and 7 Days will open the Arena...of The Young Arts Festival in Erlangen Germany running from the 21st- 25th of June 2017. Nwabisa is currently the Assistant Director for the grade 12 set work Buzani kubawo by W. K. Tamsanqa which will be performed at Artscape in May.
Thando Mangcu studied Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town (UCT). In her final university year she created Luderitz and The Credit Gone Away Affair (an adaptation of Alain Mabanckou's Broken Glass ). She co-wrote Don't Shoot The Harbinger, which won the 'Most Promising Writers' award at the 2015 National Grahamstown Arts Festival. She has pursued her current interest in site-specific and avant-garde performance by performing at the ICA Live Art Festival (2014) and shadowing Sello Pesa of Ntsoana Contemporary Theatre. In 2016 she co-wrote and co-curated The Fall , a play about the 2015 #RhodesMustFall student movements at UCT (winner: 'Encore' award, Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards). Her most recent work is, Delayed Replays , a collaborative choreography with Sizwesandile Mnisi and Sihle Mnqwazana. The Fall is set to return to the Baxter in June 2017.
COMING SOON ....
New Dance Lab
Curated by Thalia Laric and Kristina Johnstone
28th - 29th April @ 8pm
R80 (R50 students)
An hour of 5 minute pieces by some of the most exciting, edgy and experimental dancers in town (and some from out of town too). Featuring work by:
Tossie van Tonder
Kwanele Finch Thusi
Qiniso Zamandla Zungu
Julia de Rosenwerth
Phefumla [ to breathe ]
Directed by Thando Doni
A Norwegian / South African production produced by Mariken Lauvstad
Previews on 4th and 5th May @ 7pm
Catch the preview of Phefumla, a new work to premier at the ASSITEJ World Congress in May.
Created by Thando Doni with the cast of Ubuze Bam - Bongani Dyalivana, Ntsika Tyalana, Eric Menyo and newcomer Vuyani Matiwanae - and with design by Ingrid Solvik, Phefumla offers glimpses of the casts childhood: fragments of good and bad memories that allow us to slowly
puzzle the pieces of their young lives together. The performance reveals both fatal choices
as well as well-hidden dreams and hopes for the future.
Created for young people between 14 and 18 years old
Written by Sara Shaarawi and Directed by Megan Furniss
8th - 20th May @ 7pm . No shows on 14th and 15th May,
Niqabi Ninja is an avenging Superhero, born on the streets of Cairo, who is ready to seek out and avenge every single act of harassment she has experienced at the hands of men. She has a list, a record of injuries and a variety of punishments to mete out. Watch out men of Cairo. Niqabi Ninja has a score to settle, and she is coming after you.
Set in Cairo during the chaotic time of the Egyptian uprising, Niqabi Ninja is an extraordinarily beautiful play giving two actresses a chance to explore the range and complexity of harassment against women, and one woman’s ability to develop a response.
Written by emerging young Egyptian playwright Sara Shaarawi, and directed by Megan Furniss, Niqabi Ninja is performed by Cape Town’s rising talents Bianca Flanders and Loren Loubser.
Brilliant script, brilliant performance! Such relevance. Should be part of of HR in every organization (Yasmin)
Really, one of the most powerful moments of theatre I've witnessed in years (N)
A Man Like You
Written and Directed by Silvia Cassini
14th & 15th May @ 7pm
16th - 19th May @ 8.30pm
Fresh from HIFA (the Harare International Festival of Art), Silvia Cassini from Kenya brings to Cape Town A Man Like You.
Two very idealistic headstrong men; Patrick North, British diplomat and hostage and his Somali kidnapper Abdi, defend their world-views in this intense expose’ on extremism, politics and religion, set in a windowless concrete room in Somalia. Back in Nairobi, Elizabeth North fights for her husband’s freedom. Read More
Devised and Performed by Mpapa Simo Majola
Written by Sanelisiwe Yekani, Mpolokeng Chabane, Isah Ngalo and Simo Majola
25th - 28th May @ 7pm
Blare is a one handed dancing poem to mother God (Shesus). It follows the narrative of a man who carries the stories and songs of a woman who died trying to find a prayer to a She God. These women now live and speak through Blare as they continue their search.
Simo was least seen at The Alexander Bar with his highly successful The Funeral.
Simo a member of PLAYRIOT, a group of 11 writers who were selected nationally to be part of a writing residency at the Royal Court Theatre in 2013. Productions that have emerged from this group of writers are I See You, the award winning play by Mongiwekhaya and NewFoundland by Neil Coppen. Simo's work The Last MK Fighter, written under the residency will be moving into production shortly.