Twist News July / August 2014


Remix-Lab Project
Members of the four Twist groups enjoyed the National Arts Festival in July with ten days of workshops, performances and discussions. The project included a mix of workshops, introducing the groups to hip-hop, dance and street theatre. Lashona Arts comments “it was an amazing opportunity of networking with other artists from all over South Africa and overseas”. The group members also had the opportunity to audition for an international production, and we congratulate Sabelo Khoza from Izwi Youth Group who has been cast for the show.

The Novel-Script Project
This annual writer’s programme included writers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the Netherlands. The project was an inspiration to those involved, and ended with a public performance of seven exciting short scripts. Roland Colastica, a writer from the Netherlands, comments: “This project is a great opportunity to be honest and allow self criticism. My separation from familiar surroundings pushed me to go beyond the boundaries”. Twist is in talks with a partner production company to start work on a full-length adaptation of “Sleepwalking Land”, the chosen novel for the project.

Book Launch by Twist Directors
Roel Twijnstra and Emma Durden launched their new book: Theatre directing in SA; Skills and Inspirations at the National Arts Festival. The book has received great feedback, and we are now embarking on a series of workshops for young directors, based on the book. The first workshop will be at the Ntuzuma Arts Festival on 26 August. This will be followed by workshops in association with the Market Theatre and Wits University in September and other workshops in Durban later in the year.

Twist and graduated groups
As part of our ongoing mentoring programme, Roel Twijnstra has been catching up with the graduated Twist groups, and has been assisting with mentoring their new shows and providing other support. He has worked over this period with Umsindo Productions, Emuhle All Artists and Big Brotherhood on their new productions.

Twist and 20 Years of Democracy
As part of the Wits University Drama for Life SA Season 2014, celebrating 20 years of democracy, Emma Durden was invited to give a public lecture on applied theatre and community theatre at Wits, and also took part in a panel discussion of “Theatre for the people and by the people” alongside Phyllis Klotz, Themba Mkhoma and representatives from Wits and the Gauteng Department of Arts and Culture.

Launch of the second season of the Twist 2014 programme
A meeting in August saw the coming together of the four Twist community theatre groups for a review of the past six months of the project, and to lay the groundwork and plans for the upcoming 6 months. Groups will continue with performing in the own communities, and will come together soon for an improvisation workshop with students from DUT as well as workshops on writing and directing towards creating new work for 2015.


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