Applications wanted for the Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary 2017

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Sihle Mnqwazanakate, Kate Pinchuck, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and Mahlatsi Mokgonyana. Photo: Jesse Kramer

The Theatre Arts Admin Collective (TAAC) is calling for applications for the 2017 Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary – in partnership with the Distell Foundation.

This year, they are offering two bursaries to emerging Cape Town-based black women directors. Students at both an undergraduate and post-graduate level will not be considered. Continue reading

Acclaimed production of Animal Farm at the Hexagon

Neil Coppen’s acclaimed production of Animal Farm is to be staged at the Hexagon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus from July 27 to 29. The show won Naledi Awards for best ensemble production and best production of a play or musical for young audiences, supported by ASSITEJ South Africa. Continue reading

Nongogo shines in Canada

Athol Fugard’s vibrant play Nongogo, directed by the Market Theatre’s award winning Artistic Director, James Ngcobo is in the running for a prestigious award in Canada.

The play has been nominated in the 36th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, organised by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 22, with Nongogo nominated in the category of outstanding touring production after wowing audiences in at the Canadian Stage in Toronto earlier this year.

The powerful Fugard play is set in a township shebeen in the turbulent 1950s. The shebeen queen falls for a travelling salesman who works past her protective shell, and past the protection of her burly bouncer, to lure her into sharing long-buried secrets. The Market Theatre production pulsed with the raw power of the setting and tension in the lives of the characters, all dreaming of a better life.

Nongogo played in Toronto under a project run by the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) and the Canadian Stage in Toronto. It featured acclaimed actor Desmond Dube, who earned a Naledi Award as the best supporting actor for his performance. Sharing the limelight were Hamilton Dhlamini, Nat Ramabulana, Masasa Mbangeni and Pakamisa Zwedala.

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards were launched in 1978 to recognise outstanding achievements in Toronto theatre. They span 48 categories with the winners chosen by a jury of professionals from the performing arts community.

“It is such an honour for us to receive this nomination, having presented Nongogo at the Canadian Stage. This recognition reminds us that we are on the right track and that the world is open to engaging with our stories, and continues to support and appreciate the work of the Market Theatre. Thank you to Canadian Stage and the NAC for enabling this presentation to happen,’’ said Annabell Lebethe, Market Theatre CEO.