Arts alive!

We love a feel good story, especially during Heritage month. The Soweto Theatre recognises how important the arts is when it comes to childhood development, and so do we! So, props to The Soweto Theatre and all that they’re doing. Here’s a little round up…

Soweto Theatre‘s Youth Development has invited schools to be part of the 2017 Shakespeare’s schools Festival (SSF). The opportunity is created for school pupils to make their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment and to also engage their education curriculum for the first time on a professional stage regardless of background, ability or location.

The festival will take place from  20 to 22 September between 8am and 3pm, at the Yellow Theatre. Students from  Naledi High School, Freedom Park, SG Mafaesa Secondary School, Beyers Naude Secondary School, Adelaide Tambo and Methodz Acting Academy will dramatise Shakespearean classics such as Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice. To assist each participating school, Soweto Theatre will provide transport, lunch and supper for the cast on the performance day.

This exciting experience will build capacity, character and will allow the students to explore aptitudes in a range of work fields such as history/geography, wardrobe and props advisors, student company managers, creative directors in music and art, marketing, sound and lighting, directing and various other career-shaping experiences. This is a life-changing opportunity to integrate with one another across the barriers of language, background through education and community-building.

What’s more… The Soweto Theatre has embarked on a mission to assist the development of live music to learners, ensuring that the theatre is accessible to the community, and that it also meets their development and empowerment needs. Soweto Theatre has created a schools music outreach programme which aims to link and expose learners to different forms of music disciplines, by providing workshops to identified schools, followed by a live music performance at the school.

Some of the musicians who have facilitated the workshops include Tshidi Mholo (Malaika fame), Khethi, Motsatsing and The Rays, Urban Village, The Muffinz, Nothende, Jacqui (Jamali fame) as well as local bands.

From 27 to 29 September award winning reggae artist Nathi Bantu will be facilitating this month’s music workshops with the music learners of Naledi High School.

Nathi Bantu was born in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape in the 1970’s, he became a Professional Boxer in the late 1990’s however his love for music required him to give up his gloves and follow a musical career that would cause him to flourish.

Nathi Bantu is now a SATMA award winner known to be a highly creative musician and storyteller. The music workshops,  take place prior to his performance at one of  Soweto Theatre’s  monthly music programme titled  An Evening with… which takes place on the last Saturday of every month. An Evening with… Nathi Bantu will be on 30 September at 8pm and will feature the African Gospel Singers as well as a seven piece rhythm selection of his classics taken from his debut album titled, ILANGA.