The University of Cape Town Drama Department, in partnership with Magnet Theatre, The University of Cape Town College of Music, The Michaelis School of Fine Arts and Jazzart Dance Theatre, collaborated with some 700 learners in the Western Cape town of Clanwilliam on the 17th installment of The Clanwilliam Arts Project, one of the highlights of which is always the Lantern Festival that heralds the culmination of the event.
In a society facing climate change, the need for technology and the possibility of World War Three, one's identity is constantly challenged. When three millennials move into a newly constructed apartment in Cape Town, the last thing they expect is to move in with the people they are trying to run away from. These characters, from different cultures, take us on a journey through the menu of adulthood.
Drama students started their tours of schools and communities on 18 September at Zonnebloem NEST school. Extraordinary and specifically-made theatre pieces will travel to schools in Khayelitsha, Belhar, Claremont, District 6, and Lansdowne. Also featuring prominently will be performances reminiscing with older people in senior homes and an inclusive theatre piece with the Oasis Foundation.
Iyazika ... it's sinking, is an exploration of intergenerational memory, trauma and loss based on individual and collective wounds. It is an attempt to focus on those left behind when the men on the SS Mendi departed South Africa on the 21st February 1917 to fight in the Great War.
Far in the future, in a city where multiple groups of male militia roam and fight for territory, women band together for protection and safety in defunct basements and underground garages previously home to glittering sports cars. Technology has collapsed and except for a few privileged and secret spots cellular networks and cyber space have ceased to operate. It is a long time since fresh food was seen and contraband markets flourish.
A passionate and engrossing masterpiece by Canada’s award-winning playwright, Lilies employs the simple and singular elements of live theatre to tell a romantic and moving story of love, lies and innocence lost.
The Mothertongue Project’s, Womb of Fire is the starting point for an examination of the performing female body as the site of disruption where the body itself challenges the borders and boundaries of the body politic. The play uses a non-Western mythical frame that is fleshed out and localised through historical and personal intersections.
The UCT Drama Department are proud to be co-convenors of the academic programmes for the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network (ITYARN) Conference, and the ‘Cradle of Creativity’, 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival – the first of its kind on African soil.
The UCT Drama Department is proud to present our nine Fourth Year Theatre-Makers’ adaptations of nine African short stories as they attempt to explore the manifold experiences of becoming in contemporary Africa,
Adapted from Aeschylus’ great tragedy, Berkoff’s version of Agamemnon is about revenge, heat and battle, fatigue, the marathon, the obscenity of modern and future wars, dislocation and the abandonment of love in a thankless and unyielding world. It is also about the body, its pleasures and pains, and the power of desire.
Elaborating on his method of collage, Francesco Nassimbeni weaves drama, design, music and poetry to produce pieces that have been variously described as ‘tone poems’, ‘visual music’ and ‘theatrical mood-boards’. “All of it, Everything, Now, Together” concludes his study on visuality in performance at UCT and is an experiment in how graphic design can express itself through the medium of performance. This project is the culmination of his MA research.
UCT Drama students once again contributed to the overwhelming success of the annual Clanwilliam Arts Project, co-ordinated by the Magnet Theatre. The Clanwilliam Arts Project includes archaeology, education, art and drama and is aimed at returning the heritage of the Clanwilliam area to the community. “The parade begins at dusk. The local band leads the children, carrying figures and puppets and candle powered lanterns, wearing masks and helmets through the township.