The Artscape Theatre Centre is dedicated to creating an environment for sustainable theatre practice, education and development.
Since the theatre complex opened its doors some 45 years ago - then as the Nico Malan Theatre Centre – Artscape has become a “one stop shop” of creative excellence, offering a platform to a host of different creative art forms which promote the different cultures of Cape Town. Artscape is strongly committed to being a vehicle for growth and transformation in the performing arts sector that advance nation building and establishing business partnerships.
Throughout the year, Artscape’s calendar is filled with festivals and award-winning productions, but to further emphasise their commitment to the development of the arts, the centre also hosts independent groups and projects that have made Artscape’s stages their home.
This year is no different, with an exciting line-up of events set to take place in the coming months.
The theatre will host the final rounds of the National Acting Competition from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 May. Initiated by Bellville High School since 2002, the competition is open to high school learners and focuses on individual acting abilities. Participants must go through national elimination rounds before being invited to shine on the Artscape stage.
From Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 June, audiences can get a crash-course in Shakespeare’s work when 12 local schools present half-hour abridged versions of his plays at the annual Shakespeare School Festival. This year, learners will get the opportunity to present Shakespeare’s work in their home language for the first time, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death.
Young audiences – and the young at heart - will get a chance to experiences some of the country’s top children’s entertainers when the College of Magic presents Imagine! Family Magic Spectacular in partnership with Artscape Audience Development and Education on Saturday 28 May. Full of incredible illusions, dazzling magic and hilarious antics, the concert helps the College of Magic with a much more serious task: reaching marginalised young people through the arts. The College aims to provide children with hope and skills; teaching them that their destinies need not be determined by their circumstance.
Bassist and composer Benjamin Jephta (23) leads his quintet and forms part of the ADE youth month celebrations from 9 - 11 June. This core quintet plays music drawing on gospel and South African roots and features Kyle Shepherd (2014 Standard Bank Young Artist) (piano), Marcus Wyatt (trumpet), Sisonke Xonti (sax) and Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums). The night will also feature other young artists. Performing with this quintet, Benjamin released his debut album called ‘Homecoming’. He has already made a name for himself as one of South Africa’s premier jazz double bass and electric bass players, having performed with the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Hugh Masekela and Feya Faku. After releasing his debut album ‘Homecoming’ earlier this year and being confirmed as one of the acts for the acclaimed Cape Town International Jazz festival in 2016, the quintet is looking forward to premiering some new material.
Cape Town’s hip-hop culture will step it up again on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June as some of the City’s top dancers, performers, choreographers and dance crews take centre stage. This will be during The Dance Project’s sixth production of Cape Town’s Most Wanted.
Also in June, rising jazz stars will take to the stage for the Sekunjalo Edujazz Festival. The proceeds of this annual concert benefits more than 75 impoverished schools in the Western Cape in the form of bursaries and previous performers like Kyle Shepherd, Don Vino Prins, Leanne Fortuin, Lana Crowster and Adelia Douw are proof of the programme’s success.
For more information about any of these events coming up at Artscape, visit the centre’s website at www.artscape.co.za.