Train as a theatre maker

2018-12-04 06:00
Jungle Theatre Company cast.

Jungle Theatre Company cast.

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Jungle Theatre Company will be running a training programme throughout 2019 thanks to the kind support of the National Lotteries Commission.

The aim of the programme is to empower South African youth by creating an opportunity to develop themselves as individuals and to connect with African culture and the wonder of nature; and to provide them with theatre and entrepreneurial skills that will address issues in their communities. Through this learning process they will not only be able to help themselves by finding income-generating opportunities, but they will also be role models to younger generations.

Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 35, speak English as well as Afrikaans or isiXhosa, and have some training or experience in the performing arts.

In a previous interview with People’s Post, (“African stories through theatre”, 5 June) Vincent Meyburgh, artistic director, said that through theatre, Jungle’s professional artistic team addresses issues affecting people every day like culture, environment and human nature, creating and performing original accessible African children’s theatre shows that bring together music, dance, masks, puppets, clowning and storytelling.

They work with schools in communities like Capricorn, Khayelitsha, Ocean View, Kleinberg and Fish Hoek, among other areas.

They go to the schools and teach theatre to the learners. Most of the learners have not been exposed to theatre before, and the more they do theatre the more they love it.

“Children are taught the curriculum in a way that is easy to understand. We bring issues closer to home. We teach in their own language and we make it relevant to the curriculum in a fun way that will be easy for them to remember. We do original pieces that are mostly African stories and that is what makes us unique and kids love that. We talk about our own stories, not European fairytales, so they really enjoy it and you can see this is something that they have been missing,” he says.

The training involves theatre making for children of various ages: Improvisation, puppets, masks, music, dance and developing original work based on African folk tales. It includes monitoring and evaluation, arts administration and how to become a professional­.

Meyburgh says they want people who are really interested in children’s theatre.

“What is essential is a keen interest in children’s theatre because we work a lot with children. We will be training five people, and the graduates from our last training will be facilitating the training. Our last training was in 2010 and we are looking forward to this one and we are very grateful to the National Lotteries Commission that has helped us with the funding for the training,” he says.

The training will take place in Muizenberg on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00 to 16:00 from the beginning of February until June.

Trainees will also shadow the artistic team on other days of the week. From July to December trainees will perform shows and facilitate workshops at schools, festivals and public venues.

Transport stipends will be paid.

An audition will take place on Tuesday 22 January between 09:00 and 12:00 at the Methodist Church Hall in Muizenberg.

At the audition candidates will be asked to showcase one of their talents and a short interview will also be conducted.

V To register for the audition, email your biography and/or CV as well as a headshot and letter of motivation to info@­jungletheatre.­co.za.

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