Weaving the spell of witchcraft at Wits

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The Wits School of Arts and Wits Theatre presents Ten Bush, written by Mncedisi Shabangu and Craig Higginson and directed by award-winning director Prince Lamla.

Ten Bush is a play about witchcraft set against the harsh realities of the South African landscape. It will run in the Downstairs Theatre at Wits from October 13 to 21. Continue reading

Feast of funny and thought-provoking theatre at Wits 969 Festival

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The Crucifixion of Amagqwirha.

Enjoy diverse theatre for everyone at Wits Theatre’s 969 Festival, which runs from July 14 to 30 and features some of the best of Grahamstown for the ultimate mid-winter event.

The drama line-up includes works which have featured on both the Main and fringe stages at the 2017 National Arts Festival. Continue reading

Drama for Life Sex Actually 2016: Revealing vulnerable bodies

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Songezo Mcilizeli presents Audition.

Drama for Life is bringing critical, bold theatre into the public domain through its 9th annual Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival.

Hosted at Wits University, the festival is a cross-community arts education, activism and therapeutic intervention, which is curated in a way that allows arts practitioners and audience members to holistically engage with and interrogate the complexities surrounding themes of sex, sexuality, relationships, culture, gender, HIV and sexual reproductive health; within human rights and social justice discourse. Continue reading

Book now for the delightful ‘Sweetie Darling’

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IF you missed Sweetie Darling during its run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, you can catch this play -written and directed by multiple award-winning Clinton Marius and starring popular Durban actor Bongani Mbatha- at the Wits 969 Festival at Wits University in Johannesburg on July 13 and 15 and at the Loft Theatre at the Playhouse in Durban from July 19 to 24. Continue reading

Missed Grahamstown? Then make sure you head to Wits University for some of the best at the fest

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B!*ch Stole My Doek stars Shona Johnson

If you missed the recent National Arts Festival there is no need to despair as the 969 Festival will be kicking off on July 13 with an exciting theatre line-up, which includes standout productions hot off the Grahamstown stages.

Running until July 24 at the Wits Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, the 969 Festival features 20 theatre, dance and music, ranging from local dramas and comedy to innovative concepts from abroad. Continue reading

Detours Festival 2016 celebrates its 5th birthday

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Emma Tollman’s Autonia.

AS the Detours Festival celebrates its fifth birthday, the organisers are taking a moment to reflect on the last four years, the founding ethos of the festival and its growth as an experimental fringe platform.

The festival is produced by Wits Theatre for Wits School of Art, Division of Theatre and Performance. It will be held in the Wits Downstairs Theatre at 6 pm on May 26, 27 and 28 and 3 pm on May 29.

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