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2018-07-10 06:00
Youth participating in a rap challenge at a recent BTC programme.

Youth participating in a rap challenge at a recent BTC programme.

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Bridgetown Theatre Company (BTC) is currently undertaking a successful performing arts programme titled It is Fun 2b Young at several community centres across the city.

The exciting programme consists of interactive workshops that include hip-hop dance, drama, music, slam poetry and rap at the conclusion of every workshop, where participants perform what they have learnt through an exciting talent competition.

To date, more than 2000 children and youth from across the Cape Flats have participated in this programme.

“The tremendous amount of talent we have discovered through this programme is heart-warming, yet sad. Sad in the sense that these talented children and youth do not have an artistic outlet in their township to display and develop their talents,” explains Chanice Sauls, BTC’s programme coordinator.

“There is also no regular teaching in performing arts at their community centres or schools. In Matroosfontein and Valhalla Park, we discovered children from very impoverished areas, and from broken homes. If only we could help these talented children to reach their artistic potential, we would have achieved the world.”

By keeping this in mind, BTC has decided to place all the talented children and youth that they identified from the various community centres, in two musical productions that will be performed at the Artscape Theatre later this year.

“The programme will form part of the Artscape’s annual arts festival in August, and this will be a wonderful opportunity for these performers to display their fantastic talents.”

Several teachers at BCT said it was mind-blowing to see the types of drama stories the children wanted to perform when asked to choose a topic for their drama act in the workshop.

Most of the acts performed by the youth had themes of gangsterism, drugs, teenage pregnancy, murder and family abuse.

Tanya Johnson, BTC’s music teacher in Gugulethu, says she experienced an uplifting moment when a young girl rapped and sang an original song about her life experience of growing up in a township.

“The performance was enlightening. In brief, she said ‘my environment doesn’t make me. I am the best person that I know and I will succeed’. Her positivity was a revelation to many of the disillusioned youth present,” explains Johnson.

A mother of three from Hanover Park says the programme has inspired her eldest son to look at alternative solutions other than what the community has to offer daily.

“Our area is infested with drugs and gangsterism. I lost my nephew a few years ago due to substance abuse. If only he were here today to join my son by embarking on this great journey to changing his life,” explains an emotional Lisa Adams.

“We are grateful to the many organisations that are making an effort to bring these programmes to our poor communities. Even if you are servicing the community with only one or two sessions, do know that it can change the life of a young child within seconds. We thank you and we are happy for your presence in the lives of our children.”

BTC continues to help young individuals from across the city to achieve their goals, with the objectives of making the participants discover their self-worth and instilling in them a sense of pride and dignity.

The community is urged to assist BTC in continuing to reach out to those in underprivileged communities.

V For more information, call 082 536 3651 or visit Bridgetown Theatre Company on Facebook.

Bridgetown Theatre Company (BTC) is currently undertaking a successful performing arts programme titled It is Fun 2b Young at several community centres across the city.

The exciting programme consists of interactive workshops that include hip-hop dance, drama, music, slam poetry and rap at the conclusion of every workshop, where participants perform what they have learnt through an exciting talent competition.

To date, more than 2000 children and youth from across the Cape Flats have participated in this programme.

“The tremendous amount of talent we have discovered through this programme is heart-warming, yet sad. Sad in the sense that these talented children and youth do not have an artistic outlet in their township to display and develop their talents,” explains Chanice Sauls, BTC’s programme coordinator.

“There is also no regular teaching in performing arts at their community centres or schools. In Matroosfontein and Valhalla Park, we discovered children from very impoverished areas, and from broken homes. If only we could help these talented children to reach their artistic potential, we would have achieved the world.”

By keeping this in mind, BTC has decided to place all the talented children and youth that they identified from the various community centres, in two musical productions that will be performed at the Artscape Theatre later this year.

“The programme will form part of the Artscape’s annual arts festival in August, and this will be a wonderful opportunity for these performers to display their fantastic talents.”

Several teachers at BCT said it was mind-blowing to see the types of drama stories the children wanted to perform when asked to choose a topic for their drama act in the workshop.

Most of the acts performed by the youth had themes of gangsterism, drugs, teenage pregnancy, murder and family abuse.

Tanya Johnson, BTC’s music teacher in Gugulethu, says she experienced an uplifting moment when a young girl rapped and sang an original song about her life experience of growing up in a township.

“The performance was enlightening. In brief, she said ‘my environment doesn’t make me. I am the best person that I know and I will succeed’. Her positivity was a revelation to many of the disillusioned youth present,” explains Johnson.

A mother of three from Hanover Park says the programme has inspired her eldest son to look at alternative solutions other than what the community has to offer daily.

“Our area is infested with drugs and gangsterism. I lost my nephew a few years ago due to substance abuse. If only he were here today to join my son by embarking on this great journey to changing his life,” explains an emotional Lisa Adams.

“We are grateful to the many organisations that are making an effort to bring these programmes to our poor communities­.

“Even if you are servicing the community with only one or two sessions, do know that it can change the life of a young child within seconds. We thank you and we are happy for your presence in the lives of our children.”

V For more information, call 082 536 3651 or visit Bridgetown Theatre Company on Facebook.

Bridgetown Theatre Company (BTC) is currently undertaking a successful performing arts programme titled It is Fun 2b Young at several community centres across the city.

The exciting programme consists of interactive workshops that include hip-hop dance, drama, music, slam poetry and rap at the conclusion of every workshop, where participants perform what they have learnt through an exciting talent competition.

To date, more than 2000 children and youth from across the Cape Flats have participated in this programme.

“The tremendous amount of talent we have discovered through this programme is heart-warming, yet sad. Sad in the sense that these talented children and youth do not have an artistic outlet in their township to display and develop their talents,” explains Chanice Sauls, BTC’s programme coordinator.

“There is also no regular teaching in performing arts at their community centres or schools. In Matroosfontein and Valhalla Park, we discovered children from very impoverished areas, and from broken homes. If only we could help these talented children to reach their artistic potential, we would have achieved the world.”

By keeping this in mind, BTC has decided to place all the talented children and youth that they identified from the various community centres, in two musical productions that will be performed at the Artscape Theatre later this year.

“The programme will form part of the Artscape’s annual arts festival in August, and this will be a wonderful opportunity for these performers to display their fantastic talents.”

Several teachers at BCT said it was mind-blowing to see the types of drama stories the children wanted to perform when asked to choose a topic for their drama act in the workshop.

Most of the acts performed by the youth had themes of gangsterism, drugs, teenage pregnancy, murder and family abuse.

Tanya Johnson, BTC’s music teacher in Gugulethu, says she experienced an uplifting moment when a young girl rapped and sang an original song about her life experience of growing up in a township.

“The performance was enlightening. In brief, she said ‘my environment doesn’t make me. I am the best person that I know and I will succeed’. Her positivity was a revelation to many of the disillusioned youth present,” explains Johnson.

A mother of three from Hanover Park says the programme has inspired her eldest son to look at alternative solutions other than what the community has to offer daily.

“Our area is infested with drugs and gangsterism. I lost my nephew a few years ago due to substance abuse. If only he were here today to join my son by embarking on this great journey to changing his life,” explains an emotional Lisa Adams.

“We are grateful to the many organisations that are making an effort to bring these programmes to our poor communities­.

“Even if you are servicing the community with only one or two sessions, do know that it can change the life of a young child within seconds. We thank you and we are happy for your presence in the lives of our children.”

V For more information, call 082 536 3651 or visit Bridgetown Theatre Company on Facebook.

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