FAMILY FESTIVAL 2018

Magnet Theatre, with the support of the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg presents a programme of 6 brand new enchanting shows for children up to the age of seven. The shows have been created under the mentorship of Jennie Reznek from Magnet Theatre and Barbara Kolling from Helios Theatre in Germany with innovative designs by Asiphe Lili and Puleng Stewart. Performing in the works are Magnet Theatre’s final year Full Time Training and Job Creation Programme trainees as well as six guest artists from Uganda, Lesotho, Botswana, and Mozambique.

The casts of performers are trained specifically to engage and communicate with young audiences in a six-week long incubation process with Jennie Reznek and guest children’s theatre specialists Barbara Kölling and Anna-Sofia Zimniak from the Helios Theatre
Company in Germany. The project aims to skill a whole new cohort of young actors in the creation of work for pre school children.

Each production explores a different material, captivating and fascinating the audiences with Magnet Theatre’s particular brand of play and physical theatre. Using mostly the language of the body, song and strong images these 6 productions offer totally unique South African and African theatrical experiences. They are evocative and poetic, designed to engage the imagination of young and old.

DETAILS OF THE PRODUCTIONS:
Friday 31 August 2018

SH! (@10h00)
In the rustling of paper, we find celebration of both sound and silence. Three actors play amongst discarded pieces of newspaper as they learn about the world around them. News! News! News! It is everywhere! How do we both break away from and engage with a world saturated with news and newspaper?
Designed by Puleng Stewart
With Sithyilelo Revelations Makupula, Abigail Mei, Siya Gqumehlo

UBIZO (@12h00)
Three performers explore the call and response of stones. Together with the stones they play games of song and sound, evoking places and feelings. The stones are the land. And the people need the land. It is exchanged, given away and shared.
Designed by Asiphe Lili
With Siphesande Mkokose, Carlo Daniels, Luxolo Rapula Mboso
Assisted by: René Brown

TRANSFORM (@14h30)
Out of the dried earth and dust, life remains hidden until the rains come. And when they do, the earth transforms into clay and the clay transforms the lives of three friends! Three performers from Mozambique and Botswana invite us to explore this material that keeps on changing.
Designed by Asiphe Lili
With Yuck Miranda, Jessica Lejowa, Amade Buanamade

Saturday 1 September 2018

RESHAPE (@10h00)
Newspapers act as both barrier and bridge. Three performers visit and rebuild a neighborhood, crafting new worlds, animals and objects through seemingly ordinary pieces of newspaper.
Designed by Puleng Stewart
With Choice Songezo Mtshixa, Bonga Shabbs Tshabalala, Sivenathi Sibahle Macibela

PLASTIKA (@12h00)
The sound of plastic and song fill the air. A sea of plastic and a land of plastic. Through rustling bags and empty bottles, three performers from Uganda and Botswana explore the malleability of plastic and take pleasure in discovering treasure from trash.
Designed by Puleng Stewart
With Samson Setumo, Zoey Kayendeke, Linda Nabasa

PLASTIKA is preceded by a short curtain raiser:
PLAY ALONE
A lone actor takes to the stage and invites us to explore the magic he can create out of discarded paper. Now its one thing and now another!
Designed by Puleng Stewart
With Vela Sozo

ROCKIN’ MBOKODO (@14h30)
Ritual and rock, song and sound ground this performance. As they jump from stone to stone, four performers remind us of the importance of family, the power of journey, healing and the significance of finding our way home.
Designed by Asiphe Lili
With Palesa Mohlala, Asamkela KK Ketelo, Sizwe Ginger Lubengu, Yvonne Msebenzi
Assisted by: Andiswa Pearl Anthony

All productions created by the company with input from Jennie Reznek (Magnet Theatre), Barbara Kölling and Anna-Sophia Zimniak (Theater Helios), Jayne Batzofin and Andi Colombo.
Stage Management: Andi Colombo
Lighting Design: Themba Stewart and Andi Colombo
Production Manager: Themba Stewart