Theatre shows empower actors

2017-11-28 06:01
The cast members of Teach one 2 teach all are from left Noxolo Sipondo, Ryhno Domingo, Kim Bowers, Carren Davids, Thembalethu Zwele and Zimkitha Mzimba.

The cast members of Teach one 2 teach all are from left Noxolo Sipondo, Ryhno Domingo, Kim Bowers, Carren Davids, Thembalethu Zwele and Zimkitha Mzimba.

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The Bridgetown Theatre Company (BTC) will be performing its series entitled Teach one 2 teach all from Monday 4 to Sunday 24 December at various community centres and schools around the city.

More than 20 000 students and adults saw the three BTC productions, High on life, A mother’s love and This is Christmas, after their successful run from June to October.

“At BTC, we are aware of the immediate challenges confronting the performing arts sector as well the general arts and culture fraternity in South Africa,” says BTC chairperson Vernon Piedt.

Teach one 2 teach all is a 90-minute stage theatre production that comprises four individual shows of 20 minutes each.

“BTC firmly believes the continuity of indigenous theatre in South Arica will depend on the collaboration between the government, business, professional theatre establishments and community-based arts and culture organisations like ours,” says BTC executive committee member Shariefa Wagner.

She adds that with Teach one 2 to teach all they have improved the performance and production skill levels of several actors, dancers and singers.

Each of the 20-minute shows deals with a specific topic and theme that is relevant to the youth and adults and is told in contemporary language that they can identify with.

The premise of This is Christmas centres on the meaning of Christmas and how relevant the story is in modern-day society.

“As well as hosting a fantastic display of talent with this BTC production, we have proven that theatre is an important part of the cultural domain of our community but particularly important to South Africa, where social change depends on the quality of communication in society,” says Wagner.

Another BTC executive committee member, Ziona Theron, says they aim to continue providing opportunities and training to prospective entertainers, particularly from previously disadvantaged areas.

Accessible arts“This year it was BTC’s vision to make arts and culture accessible to all communities and build a new legacy in the arts and culture fraternity for our future generation, as well as to help see meaningful changes for the better – for all involved in the local creative sector. We are happy that we achieved this goal. But there is more hard work ahead,” says BTC secretary Zelda Hintsa.

The series is written and directed by Theo Davids.

He says that while the production aims to empower talented artists, they will nurture and develop their skills so that they can share them with others eventually.

“Ultimately, with our theatre productions we will continue to entertain, inform and share knowledge with our appreciative communities in order for them to foster a love for the performing arts and theatre.

“It is a truism that in order to ascertain the state of a nation one just has to look at its performing arts.”V For more information call 082 536 3651.

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