The #Im4theArts initiative is a courageous and crucial step in the fight for the rights of working artists of South Africa. Over the years, professionals in the arts industry from artists to technical personnel, have been consistently treated with a lack of concerted care and focus by the Ministry of Sport Art and Culture. The CTDPS has a long history in the development, education, and training of artists. Our intentions are to produce artists of quality and integrity to serve our country and the world. We are therefore shocked that this neglect continues and deeply concerned for the impact on our past, current, and future students. We are dismayed that as a performing art educational institution this lack of sane and consistent throughput from student to working artist continues to be extremely fragile. The CTDPS has prepared a statement to this effect.
Zakes Mda’s acclaimed first novel, Ways of Dying, will be presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre and UCT’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, at the Baxter Flipside for six performances only, from 10 to 14 November at 7pm, with a Saturday matinee at 3pm, on 14 November. Adapted and directed by Lara Foot, who directed the work 20 years ago at The Market Theatre, the cast is made up of 14 fourth-year students from the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies.
Featuring graduating 3rd Year Theatre & Performance students, this partially translated isiXhosa adaption of John Kani’s debut as sole playwright, “Nothing but the Truth” uncovers the secrets of sibling rivalry, of exile, of memory and reconciliation, and the ambiguities of freedom in a fledgling democracy.
Onweer is about the abusive relationship between a father and daughter and makes powerful social commentary on the justice system in South Africa. This rendition is multimodal and was created within COVID-19 restrictions, treated as part of a physical conceptual approach to Gender Based Violence. While topics such as GBV and Sexual Abuse are of paramount importance, and needs the spotlight especially now.