Twist News January / February


Twist at the Musho! Festival
All of the groups performed their new work at the Musho! Festival in January– and the Twist shows bought in audiences of almost 350 people. This exciting work was well-received, and positive reviews were pasted on the Musho! Festival Website. The performance of “The Dress” by Lashona Arts and Creations was voted as the audience fringe favourite.

Workshops and new work
Twist groups attended a workshop on making theatre for children, with a performance created by veteran theatre maker Gisele Turner and deaf mime artist, Sibo Masondo, and with Yvette Hardie from Assitej. Group members also attended the KZN Assitej Congress, and shared information on working with schools. This sets the scene for their new work for 2015, which focuses on school learners.

Durban Director’s Workshop
Roel Twijnstra conducted a directing workshop for Durban-based directors at the Stable Theatre in February. The workshop was an inspiration for many young directors who are making their names on the Durban theatre scene.

Groups preparing new work
The Twist groups attended a workshop in February to focus on creating new work for schools, and delivered their concepts for their new work. Each group has partnered with a local school, to find out what the school needs and what plays they would be interested in hosting. Izwe Youth are working with Grade 8 South African History; Lashona Arts and Creations is focusing on story-telling as part of the Grade 7 Creative Arts curriculum; Siyathuthuka is working on a production that explores teacher-learner relationships, and provides information to learners about how to report inappropriate teacher behaviour; and Sinethemba Arts are creating a work that focuses on sexual health. Their new work will premier at the Wushwini Arts and Heritage Centre in May, and will then go on to tour schools.

Connecting with graduated groups and other community structures
Twist has been in contact with many of the graduated Twist groups, who have participated in some of our recent workshops. We were invited by Umphiti Arts to adjudicate at a festival hosted by Umgungundlovu Disrict Arts And Culture Council, where participating groups were awarded copies of the book “Theatre Directing in South Africa”. Twist is providing support to Big Brotherhood Productions and Think Theatre to develop a theatre production that looks at the issues around the use of the dangerous drug, Whoonga.


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