Cape Town Township Theatre.
A film about the Cape Town township theatre “Makukhanye Art Room”. This film was produced as part of a British Council funded project.
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Mother City township
Arts and culture are critical components of our society. Given the power of the performing arts, it is an ideal medium for giving voice to the concerns of under-served communities. It empowers individuals to communicate complex issues and express ideas about what confronts us.
Our Mandela Monday hero, Masindi Sindo saw this gap. In this innovative community project he founded he worked to serve the unheard and give voice to artists within the township. Step inside South Africa’s only shack theatre to listen and be entertained by the compelling stories of the many artists resident at this theatre.
The Cape Town Township shack theatre hosts art, drama and dance classes for the youth in Khayelitsha and provides inspiration to keep them away from drugs and crime.
Fleur du Cap Theatre Award.
The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards are an annual South African theatre awards presentation focusing on professional productions staged in and around Cape Town. Makukhanye Art Room won the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Innovation in Theatre. We join Mandisi Sindo and Melanie Burke to hear more about this win!
Urban Think Tank
The video documents a collaboration between the Urban Think Tank and Theatre 4 Change project, a non-profit group based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town Township theatre . Holy Contract is an independent and experimental theatre production. Founded by actor, presenter, writer, and director, Mandisi Sindo (aka Dr Disi), the organisation aims to make theatre accessible to a diverse audience, while prioritizing the empowerment of actors living in Khayelitsha by bridging the gap between mainstream theatre and talent in the townships. Inspired by the late poet and musician, Gil Scott-Heron, Holy Contract is set against the backdrop of South Africa’s contemporary urban challenges. It confronts and tackles themes around social justice and identity politics. The language switches between the local Xhosa dialect and English.
Urban Think Tank have developed this vision of the Shack Theatre future (Click Here)