Twist News – May / June


Twist groups perform at the Uhuru International Arts Festival
The four Twist groups performed their new work at the Uhuru International Community Arts Festival at the Wushwini Arts and Heritage Centre in May. These new shows are designed for schools, and ready to tour. Dutch-Curacao story-teller Roland Colastica also performed his show at the festival, and at the two campuses of UKZN, to great acclaim.

Novel-Script Project
The Novel-Script Project is a writer’s residency at the National Arts Festival, and this year brings together selected writers from South Africa, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands, with funding from Pro-Helvetia, The Swiss Development Council and the Netherlands Embassy. The starting point for the 2015 project is the novel “Zulu Crush” by Roel Twijnstra. The novel is primarily a love story, and focuses on issues of romance, race and art. Novel-Script writers were asked to create a short, ten minute dialogue inspired by or based on the novel. There will be a free public performance of the work generated through the project on Wednesday 8^th July at 11.00 at the Recreation Hall in Albany Road, Grahamstown. All are welcome!
Exchange performances at NAF
As part of the exchange project which Twist hosts with the Embassy of the Netherlands in South Africa, we have invited back the fantastic physical duo of Poolse Vis to perform TEA at the National Arts Festival. Performances are presented as part of the “Family Fare” at the festival, on Friday 10^th July at 12.00; Saturday 11^th July at 10.00 and 16.00; and Sunday 12^th July at 10.00.

Theatre leadership programme at NAF
Twist is hosting a leadership programme at the NAF which will see the group leaders from the four Twist groups travel to Grahamstown for 6 days of intensive workshops, performances and networking. This will be under the mentorship of Bhekani Shabalala and Jerry Pooe. This will be the last project that the current groups are involved in, as they now graduate out of the programme.
Recruiting new groups
Twist has received funding for a new cycle of projects, and we are delighted to be able to recruit new groups into the programme. We have sent out a call to community theatre groups based in KZN to contact us, and will be visiting these groups in July and August to select four new groups to be part of the programme. Watch this space for news of the selected groups and the launch of the new programme in August!


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