Theatre groups will go head to head at the Best of the Best theatre festival this weekend in a bid to win prizes to the value of R15 000.
Entries for the eagerly anticipated festival have flooded in, and audiences are sure to be entertained with the unique talent on show. The winning performance will earn R8 000.
The festival is premised as the ‘Best of the Best’ because it has attracted a wide variety of theatre groups from around South Africa as well as within the SADC region. Participants come from countries including Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The festival will provide a platform for cross-country engagement as well as the promotion of best practices in applied and community theatre practice.
The event is hosted by Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni.
“The festival is a brilliant indicator to the state of Southern African grassroots theatre, and it is platform for new stars to emerge,” said festival manager, Tonderai Chiyindiko.
Audiences are invited to come in their numbers over the two days to sample and enjoy a variety of theatre.
“I think we can expect some top quality productions this year, and whichever theatre group comes out on top has certainly earned the right to call themselves the best of the best,” Chiyindiko said.
The prizes are as follows:
- 1st prize: R8 000
- 2nd prize: R3 500
- 3rd prize: R2 500
- Most promising group: R1 000
The judges are:
Dr Robert Malcolm Mclaren (aka Robert Mshengu Kavanagh), co-founder of South African theatre organisation, Workshop ’71, with which he produced plays such as Crossroads, Credo Mutwa’s uNosilimela, uHlanga and Survival. He co-founded Zimbabwean arts education trust, CHIPAWO, in 1989 and is currently the director of CHIPAWO World.
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