Twist at the NAF
Twist facilitated three successful projects at the National Arts Festival this year:
The Novel-Script Project included 5 writers from South Africa, The Netherlands and Zimbabwe in a weeklong residency, culminating in a public staged reading of short scripts at the festival. The Dutch production of TEA by Poolse Vis, enjoyed sold-out shows and great reviews at the festival, and was a great opportunity for exchange and discussion with the artists and other groups.
The leadership programme for the group leaders and directors of the 4 Twist community groups included watching performances, holding discussions with directors, artists, producers and mentors, focused on sustaining themselves as they leave the Twist Programme. One of the highlights was an afternoon with the Netherlands Ambassador.
Partnership with Mixed Media
Twist has partnered with communications company, Mixed Media and linked them with two Twist groups, Emuhle All Artists and Siyathuthuka. The groups are working on the MBFI+Project, using theatre to promote the importance of breastmilk. Training in breastmilk banking is currently underway in 5 hospitals in the eThekweni and Ugu districts. The actors from Twist are part of 3 drama teams performing the comedy play “Baby’s in da house! Boom!” written and directed by Patrick Kenny from Mixed Media.
Launch of the new programme with new groups
Twist has visited 16 new community theatre groups around KZN over the past months, and selected four new groups that will be introduced into the project cycle from September 2015. The new groups are: Ubizo Theatre from Marainhill, Nantsimpumeleleo Arts and Culture from Manguzi, and Mzansi Theatre Group and Thandimpilo from Pietermartizburg. They will be profiled in our next newsletter. Twist has also committed to working with the groups who were not selected as part of the programme, to provide support and mentoring where we can.
Launch of new scripts book: We have compiled the recent scripts created by the four graduating Twist groups, from work created over 2014 / 2015. Eight new scripts, presented in both English and isiZulu, will be published into a compilation that will be launched and distributed at a graduation ceremony for the old groups in September.
NAC support for new productions: As part of a grant from the National Arts Council, Twist will be working with the graduated Twist groups on proposals for the creation of new work. The outcome of decisions about work that will be supported from the grant will be announced in October.
TWIST THEATRE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IS SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL LOTTERIES COMMISSION
WITH ADDITIONAL PROJECT FUNDING FROM THE EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS, THE NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL AND PRO-HELVETIA / THE SWISS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.
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