Theatre group gets make-over

2018-03-08 06:01
Makukhanye Art Room crew members of loading the furniture.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Makukhanye Art Room crew members of loading the furniture.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Life will never be the same for the crew of Makukhanye Art Room of S. Section in Site B, after they received office furniture to refurbish their studios last Friday.

Makukhanye, which is known as Shack Theatre, is a hub of performance creativity which also hosts workshops and festivals.

The theatre school has received four cupboards and two boardroom tables courtesy of Maverick Telecommunication Company based in Cape Tow.

Mandisi Sindo, an artistic director and one of a trio of founding members of the group, described the contribution as a big boost for their cause.

“We really need furniture like this, as to us it means a lot as we are planning to build a boardroom where we can be able to have our meetings,” he said.

Sindo said they started the Shack Theatre in 2007 as a rehearsal space, which they then converted to a theatre in 2012 after he graduated in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town in 2011.

He said the theatre benefiting the youth and also the community.

“Instead of young people flocking into the shebeens, we decided to build a space for them where they can show case their talent and skills.

Also the community members are welcome to have their community meetings. Also when there is an incident like shack fire we do accommodate people who are left homeless,” he said.

He said they are busy building another shack theatre which is known as Khayelitsha Arts School Institute and Rehabilitation Centre in Zwelitsha in Nkanini for other children who reside there and other neighbouring areas.

“We have children coming here frpm as far as Mfuleni, Nkanini and other areas. So, by building another shack theatre, we will make it easy for them not to walk long distance or spend money on transport.

Because some students walk from Mfuleni to here for practice, it shows their inner passion for art,” he said.

Sindo said he is working with well known professional actors to educate the students on various programmes.

“We have classes Mondays to Fridays at 10 am to 3pm for the unemployed youth, from between the ages of 18 to 35 years old, and 15 other students.

Professional actor Mbulelo Grootboom works with us, so does Zimasa May, who is a veteran theatre maker based in Khayelitsha.

Bamanye Yeko studied towards a Technical Course at Lovedale TVET College in King Williams Town.

He said their afternoon classes starts at 4pm to 8pm with students ranging ages eight to 16 years old.

The group is facilitated by Khayalethu Anthony, Bulelani Mabutyana and Sinoxolo Cezula, who are all playwrights.

He said many people in the local industry were products of the Shack Theatre.

Lwazi Thezaphi, who works at Gear House South Africa as a sound and light operator is one of these.

The company is a technical services providers for live events.

Said Sindo: “Siyabonga Siko went for a year training for Technical at Arts Cape Theatre through our organisation and is currently working at the Fugard Theatre as an operator for King Kong the Musical.

King Kong is a landmark South African musical which was first presented in 1956. The musical portrays the life and times of heavyweight boxer Ezekiel Dlamini, who was known as ‘King Kong’ and lived in Soweto.

He said every year they host a number of theatre festivals.

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