The Theatre Arts Admin Collective presents Fresh Perspectives, a pre-NAF season featuring a vibrant line-up of three local works. So – if you’re missing out the National Arts Festival in Makhanda this winter, you can still experience a taste in Observatory.  All performances will be followed by post-show discussions.  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.

Theatre Arts Admin Collective Fresh Perspectives

Three productions make up Fresh Perspectives and run from the 17 to 24 June 2019. The Fleur du Cap award-winning Theatre Arts Admin Collective (TAAC) presents OY!Theatre’s Through Our Eyes (pictured left), directed by Thando Doni, and A Faint Patch of Light directed by Qondiswa James. Ukwanda Puppets and Design presents Warona directed by Thando Doni. Both Through Our Eyes and Warona have been made specifically for teenagers. After a short fundraising season at TAAC in Cape Town the works will travel to the National Arts Festival (NAF).

WARONA presented by Ukwanda Puppets and Design Company and directed by Thando Doni

Warona is the latest play by Ukwanda Puppets and Design, mentored by Handspring Puppet Company, performed by actor puppeteers Sipho Ngxola, Luyanda Nogodlwana, Siphokazi Mpofu, Sipho Mahlatshana, Asanda Rilityana and Mandiseli Maseti. 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. Ukwanda is currently a company in residence at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape.

Warona will perform at TAAC on 17 June @ 3pm, 20 – 21 June @7pm.

THROUGH OUR EYES presented by OY!Theatre and directed by Thando Doni

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.

Through Our Eyes will be at TAAC on 18 – 19 June@ 7pm.

The following production was created under the Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary Award programme in 2018.

Theatre Arts Admin Collective Fresh Perspectives

A FAINT PATCH OF LIGHT directed by Qondiswa James

A Faint Patch of Light (pictured right) nominated for two Fleur du Caps this year (Best Emerging Director and Best Performer), is a deliberate queering of the Athol Fugard’s Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act to visibilise black lesbian struggles in South African townships. Performed by Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni, Indalo Stofile and Jannous Aukema and featuring original sound compositions by Jannous Aukema, A Faint Patch of Light is the story about two women loving together on the margins on the night before their death.  This is an intimate play of black lesbian love in a context of inevitable violence.

A Faint Patch of Light will run at TAAC from the 22 – 24 June @ 7pm.

What: Theatre Arts Admin Collective presents Fresh Perspectives

Book: Tickets for Warona are R30.  For Through Our Eyes and A Faint Patch of Light, tickets are R70 – R100 and can be purchased online or via artsadmin@mweb.co.za.

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