Zabalaza Theatre Festival 2019

Applications for the 2019 Zabalaza Theatre Festival has already closed.

The ninth annual festival will take place from 8 to 16 March 2019 and will once again commence with the exciting Zabalaza Weekend on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March.

Widely regarded as one of the premier development programmes in the country, having received great acclaim over the years, the festival has grown to become an essential platform for fresh talent. Launched in 2011 with a new name, managing team and vision the format and programme is designed to showcase new and upcoming theatre-makers that may otherwise not be seen on professional stages. The full name, Zabalaza Intsika eBaxter Theatre loosely translated, means two things: striving towards being a pillar of the Baxter Theatre Centre and striving towards success.

Since its inception the festival has grown at a rapid rate as interest from artists throughout the Western Cape (and around the country) has increased and as the organisers pay special attention to innovation and expanding the programme. Previous Best Production winners are Uhlazo by Loyiso Damoyi (2011), Worst of Both Worlds by Bulelani Mabutyana (2012), Skierlik by Phillip Dikotla (2013), The Champion by Khayalethu Anthony in 2014, Paul Noko’s Fruit (2015), Lauren Hannies’ TIP-ex (2016), Thobani Nzuza’s Boy Ntulikazi (2017), and most recently Carlo Daniel’s Onweer in 2018. These productions went on to be staged at various festivals and events in the Western Cape, working with well-known theatre-makers.  Skierlik received two Fleur du Cap nominations and Khayalethu Anthony won the Fleur du Cap award for Best Performance in a review, cabaret or one-person show for The Champion.

For further enquiries or more information contact Zoleka Helesi on 021 680 3980, fax 021 689 1880 or email zoleka.helesi@uct.ac.za or baxterzabalaza@uct.ac.za.

For media enquiries, interviews or picture requests please contact Jade Adams on 021 680 3973 or email jade.adams@uct.ac.za.

 

Aims and Objectives of the festival

To encourage and contribute to the development of new South African work by providing a platform for artists who want to venture into acting, stage management, writing and directing

To provide an ongoing skills programme in areas of theatre-making to upcoming artists

To identify raw talents in the community theatre groups and expose them to theatre of a

To promote and build a culture of attending theatre among new audiences

To provide mentorship/internships to deserving individuals (writers, directors, stage managers, actors, etc.) who would like to take up theatre as a career

To provide guidance and information where necessary to upcoming artists, especially disadvantaged artists

 

8 Mar - 16 Mar

Starts: 1:00 pm

Spotlight / Golden Arrow Studio

Applications for the 2019 Zabalaza Theatre Festival has already closed. The ninth annual festival will take place from 8 to 16 March 2019 and will once again commence with the exciting Zabalaza Weekend on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March. Widely regarded as one of the premier development programmes in the country, having received great […]

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