Artscape prepares learners

2016-04-28 06:00

Learners will be highly prepared when stepping into the exam room in June, following the return of the Grade 11 - 12 isiXhosa set-work play (Amaza), an Artscape youth development skills production to be held from 18 May – 02 June 2016 at the Artscape Theatre.

Endorsed by the Western Cape Education Department and support from the HCI Foundation, Amaza forms part of the Artscape educational youth development programme that aims to promote social cohesion, good citizenship and empowerment through the arts.

The high quality production, by ZS Qangule, is in its sixth consecutive season and it is aimed at Grade 11 and 12 isiXhosa learners from the greater Cape Town area, who will get the opportunity to experience the play in their own language and further equip them with essential skills to become performers. The two hour play will once again be presented as a full stage production that will also appeal to the general public.

“The purpose of the educational programme is to assist grade 11 and 12 learners academically by presenting plays which are taught as literature on a theatre stage, therefore putting it in its intended setting”, says Marlene Le Roux, Chief Executive Officer for Artscape Theatre. “We will also be introducing learners to theatre and drama production of a high quality, thereby building the audience of the future”, concluded Marlene.

Directed by Thokozile Ntshinga, Amaza is a 17 cast member thriller set in a rural village in the Transkei. A police detective stationed in Port Elizabeth is investigating a private and personal matter. This case takes him back to the village where he and the woman he married came from. His visit there coincides with the double funeral of a couple that were mysteriously murdered in Johannesburg. Adultery, deceit and lies are just some of the ingredients of this intriguing tale. His investigation takes him to Johannesburg, then to Swaziland and back to Port Elizabeth. As he is trying to solve the mystery, he stumbles across the evidence he was looking for in the first place.

Performance Dates:

•18 May 2016 at 10:30 & 14:00

•23 May 2016 at 10:30 & 14:00

•24 May 2016 at 10:30 & 14:00

•25 May 2016 at 10:30

•26 May 2016 at 10:30 & 14:00

•27 May 2016 at 10:30 & 14:00

•30 May 2016 at 10:30 & 14:00

•31 May 2016 at 10:30 & 14:00

•01 June 2016 at 10:30 & 14:00

•02 June 2016 at 10:30 & 14:00

For more information on production and ticket bookings (at R40.00 per person), please contact Sedrico Husselman, Artscape School Liaison Unit Manager on 021 410 9927 or email


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