Project 1: Musho Festival (January)
The year starts with the Twist community groups at the annual Musho! Theatre festival, where they are given the opportunity to perform on a recognised professional stage. The festival also allows for growth and learning through the attendance of workshops and other performances.
Project 2: Play-making process (February)
The Twist groups work with an artistic mentor who is a recognised South African theatre maker, to develop new work. This work is then performed at festivals and in their communities later in the year. This mentoring process allows groups to experience new ways of working as well as building their own play-making skills.
Project 3: Uhuru Arts Festival (April)
This is a three day festival hosted in partnership with Wushwini Arts Centre. The festival is aimed at theatre created by and applicable for young people, and incorporates skills workshops as well as performances.
Project 4: KKNK Festival (April)
Twist links community theatre practitioners and performance groups from the Netherlands at this annual arts festival in Oudsthoorn. The future focus of this collaboration will be on site-specific work.
Project 5: Community-based performances (May)
The Twist community groups perform their new shows for their own community. This production is an essential focus of the project looking at local issues of concern. It is the responsibility of the groups to present their show at least twice in their own community, and one further performance that allows them to get exposure further afield.
Project 6: National Arts Festival – Remix Lab Project (June / July)
The Twist groups attend the 10 day Remix-Lab programme at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. This provides a platform for the groups to perform amongst their peers from around the country, and also to attend a number of varied performances and workshops.
Project 7: Novel-Script Project (June / July)
This project focuses on adapting a novel for theatre and building the skills of mid-career theatre writers. The workshop provides intensive mentoring and coaching for developing writers and provides a platform for the writers to publically show their work and build their profile. It involves exchange with partners in The Netherlands, partners Savannah Trust from Zimbabwe, and writers from Mozambique.
Project 8: DUT Exchange Project (August)
The Drama Studies Department of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) hosts an annual exchange workshop between third year students and the Twist groups, which allows these young people to share ideas and experiences in inspires ideas for collaborations and new work.
Project 9: Artists development (September/ October)
Under this development project, Twist hosts three workshops for members of the Twist groups as well as other young professionals in KZN. These five-day workshops focus on arts administration, theatre writing, and theatre directing. These are presented in association with the Stable Theatre.
Project 10: Isigcawu Theatre Festival (November)
The Isigcawu Festival is hosted at the Ekhaya Multi-Arts centre in KwaMashu by K-CAP. The festival focuses on community arts, and the Twist groups showcase their work to other community-based groups from around the KZN province.
The end of each cycle concludes with a project evaluation and wrap-up process, and groups graduate from the programme after two years.