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Young people making a difference in the world of the Arts!

The Market Theatre Foundation keeps it young and fresh this youth month! The next generation of young movers and shakers in the arts will take over this year’s Youth Month Celebration at the Market Theatre Foundation.

The Foundation encourages young people to cherish intuition, uncertainity and creativity to constantly search for new ideas that aim to break the rules and find unorthodox ways of approaching contemporary art.

For this year’s youth month commemoration and celebration of the Theatre’s 46th Birthday we have created a potpourri of diverse offering in presenting two theatre productions, a schools outreach programme, monologues and participation in an Internation Youth Congress. Art is a strong way for young people to engage with the world and bring about change.

The Market Theatre Laboratory is excited to announce its participation in an International Youth Congress that brings together over 70 young people from Germany, Brazil and South Africa to discuss and explore urgent matters of globalisation. After an online exchange that began in February this year, several Lab students are traveling to Germany and Brazil, and we have the pleasure of welcoming 14 young people from those countries to Johannesburg. They will be working with Lab students under the guidance of expert facilitator and dramaturg, Billy Langa, to make a new work which they will present at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre on 7 June at 8pm. The works created in Dusseldorf and Sãu Paulo will be live streamed as a part of this unique presentation. Tickets are free and available on webtickets.

The Ditshomo Schools Outreach Programme will involve the Market Theatre interacting with Grade 11 & 12 learners from selected schools in greater Johannesburg area to educate them about the social relevance of the performing arts as they contribute to social cohesion and at the same time introduce them to the different career opportunities that the performing arts can offer. The students are guided gently into the limitless opportunities in the Entertainment Industry. They will have one on one opportunities to work with industry experts in directing, scriptwriting and design this will help them learn, develop and grow.

Celebrating this years big 46th Market Theatre birthdays James Ngcobo and Luthando Mngomezulu will be presenting Litambwa – stories of our times Vignettes of story told through the lens of our young on Sunday 19 June 2022. Litambwa , a celebration of stories from our streets, stories that unpack the diverse characters that walk the length and breadth of this country. Stories penned by the next generation of wordsmiths. Celebrating Youth Month and the  Market Theatre birthday with a collage of stories told by playwrights who are writing their first work for the Market Theatre spaces.

The Market Theatre Laboratory and KwaSha Theatre Company are both presenting work at the live National Arts Festival this year between 23 June and 3 July. KwaSha, a collaborative project of the Market Theatre Laboratory and Windybrow Arts Centre, perform in Fanon’s The Drowning Eye directed by Tamara Guhrs. With dramaturgy by Stacy Hardy, and in academic collaboration with the University of Chicago, this work is presented at a time when Fanon’s writing has a new relevance for a generation of young South Africans questioning the limits and possibilities of revolution today. This production is supported by the French Institute of South Africa and Mazars.

Also at the National Arts Festival, the Lab second year students present KAK!, a contemporary interpretation and celebration of the work of iconic playwright, poet and human rights activist, Maishe Maponya, who passed away in September 2021. KAK! is a hard-hitting satirical play, drawing from Maishe Maponya’s last work which is an anthology of poems – Truth be told: Da’s Kak in die Land . The play is devised by award-winning writer and director Josias Dos Moleele in collaboration with the cast and award-winning choreographer Mdu Nhlapo. This daring piece  addresses uncomfortable topics such as corruption, poor service delivery, gender inequality, racism and more.

The display of young people at the Foundation demonstrates the intention of foundation giving young people a platform to expression and shaping a narrative that will make a difference in the future.

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or