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One Night In Snake Park

Grappling with South Africa’s xenophobic demons through the death of 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori

Trailer of One Night in Snake Park
NEW PODCAST INVESTIGATES VIOLENCE, XENOPHOBIA, AND CORRUPTION IN SOUTH AFRICA’S TOWNSHIPS IN ONE NIGHT IN SNAKE PARK

Sound Africa has launched a new six-part narrative podcast, One Night in Snake Park, exploring violence, immigration, and the politics of South Africa’s townships.

In 2015, 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori was killed in Snake Park, Soweto by a foreign shopkeeper. His death made international headlines and sparked renewed xenophobic violence across the country’s black townships. But by the end of that year, his name was all but forgotten.

In recent weeks, South Africa’s xenophobic violence and its accompanying rhetoric on and offline reached fever pitch. From the Sunday Independent’s controversial headline “South Africa Under Foreign Control” and the #PutSouthAfricaFirst social media campaigns calling for South Africa to close its borders and remove foreigners from the country.

Yet, this rhetoric is not new. Nor are the attacks. But focusing on immigrants alone ignores what is really at stake. This is a story about South African townships: about hope and aspiration; about promises broken; about people frightened of those meant to guide and protect them.  This is a story about South Africa’s transformation. About its future.

Building on I Want to Go Home Forevera collection of oral histories of violence in South African townships, researcher Eliot Moleba and journalists Rasmus Bitsch and Tanya Pampalone, return to Snake Park to find what really happened the day Siphiwe Mahori died. Each 30-minute episode explores aspects of his life and the world in which he lived: urbanisation, xenophobia, the justice system, and the value of black lives in contemporary South Africa.

Filled with voices and sounds from across the township, this cutting-edge investigation speaks to a cast of rarely explored characters and processes. Guaranteed to unsettle your presumptions about violence, the township economies, trade, immigration, and inequality, it is a must-listen for anyone invested in South Africa’s future.

One Night in Snake Park is supported by the Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism grant. This collaboration is brought to you by Sound Africa; a non-profit podcasting organization based in South Africa.

For more information and interviews

Contact: Jedi Ramalapa
Email: info@soundafrica.org

Email: Tanya Pampalone
tanyapampalone@gmail.com

HOW TO LISTEN:

If you want to listen directly on your computer, just go to the Sound Africa front page and click on the episode you want to hear. You can do the same on your phone or tablet, but if you want to subscribe or download you will need a podcast app.

It’s really simple and can make your commute or gym time 10 times better.

For iPhone or iPad:

On your device there is an app called Podcasts. Open that app and search for Sound Africa. Click subscribe and you will automatically see all our episodes. In the app you can stream directly or download to listen on the go!

For Android:

For Android phones and tablets you will need a podcast app. You can get one from the Google Play store. Anyone will do, for example Podcast Addict or Stitcher. When you have downloaded your app, you can search for Sound Africa and click subscribe. In the app you can stream directly or download to listen on the go!

Same procedure for any other podcast!

Connect on your favourite platform

If you can’t find Sound Africa in your app or want to listen on another platform, you can copy and paste this RSS-feed into your podcast player:

PC: Right click and copy link address

Mobile: press and hold here then copy URL

Or simply click on any of the platforms below:STITCHER | APPLE PODCAST | SOUND CLOUD | TUNE IN | SPOTIFY

Eliot Moleba at the Schauburg Theater, Munich.

READING IN GERMAN AND ENGLISH

The South African playwright Eliot Moleba is invited for two months at the Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta in the state capital of Munich. During this time he will work closely with the Schauburg. Our actors joyfully present resche texts from his pen. Eliot Moleba and his German publisher Bernd Steets report from the writing room in dialogue with dramaturge Anne Richter.

 

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018 | Venue: Schauburg Theater

For more info, visit this link: https://www.schauburg.net/de/node/1482

COLABNOWNOW

British Council Connect ZA is excited to announce the 15 creatives who will be taking part in ColabNowNow during the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2017!

The selected creatives are:

East Africa

John Magati (KY), Darlyne Komukama (UG), Kampire Bahana(UG).

West Africa

Prince Kojo-Hilton (GH), Mamadou “Papi” Wane (SN), Mukhtara Yussuf (NG).

United Kingdom

Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo (UK), Olivia Mathurin (UK), Nikky Norton Shafau (UK).

Southern Africa

Janus Fouché (ZA), Nyasha Mada Madamombe (ZW), Hugo Mendes (MZ), Candida Merwe (ZA), Eliot Moleba (ZA), Lindokuhle Nkosi (ZA).

Read more about all of the creatives here: https://connectza.tumblr.com/ColabNowNow

Jepchumba (Jepchumba II), the ColabNowNow curator, will be exploring the following themes with the creatives: “ColabNowNow unleashes the best skilled, dangerous minds from Africa to re-imagine future forms of African storytelling by creating an interactive and immersive experience. 10 artists and 5 storytellers from West, East, Southern Africa and UK with multi-disciplinary talents will explore the creation of narratives in a post-screen, post digital world where non-linear is replaced by multi-linear, multi-modal, multi-layered and multi-access; content is scalable both fixed and mobile, across surfaces, across environments, across technologies for Africa!”

This article first appeared here.

Play Making and Script Development master classes

SA State Theatre

02/07/2017 10:10:35

SAST is calling arts practitioners who would like to refine their writing skills to be part of the Play Making and Script Development master classes. These are run by The South African State Theatre’s (SAST) Education Youth and Children Theatre (EYCT) Department.

Interested candidates are required to have a foundation of knowledge in play writing. Please submit CV’s and biographies to nompumelelo@statetheatre.co.za with the subject line “Play Making Master Class”. Applications closes 25 February 2017.

Classes will be conducted as follows:
– Dates: 03 – 05 March 2017
– Times: 09:00 – 17:00 daily

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be mastered by Mr Eliot Moleba. This is a great opportunity for aspiring arts practitioners to acquire skills and broaden knowledge that will enable them to open doors of the industry.

The EYCT continues to develop artists and provide them with opportunities to become independent and create work for themselves.

For more information please contact Nompumelelo Skhosana on 012 392 4062 or e-mail her on nompumelelo@statetheatre.co.za. Please also visit our website www.statetheatre.co.za

Artslink.co.za Account:
Thakgatso Setseta
thakgatso@statetheatre.co.za
012 392 4045
www.statetheatre.co.za

Related Venue:

SA State Theatre Complex, Pretoria Gauteng South Africa

Two Young Artists from Cwmbran and South Africa Breaking New Ground with Arad Goch

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There was a lot of excitement and energy in Canolfan Arad Goch throughout March and April, as two young artists, Chris Harris and Eliot Moleba worked on an exciting theatre project based on immigrants and race. Chris from Cwmbran and Eliot from South Africa were working through the 6X1 scheme with Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch until the beginning of April. In that time, the two young artists created a new piece of theatre, and did so by taking advantage of Arad Goch’s facilities and expertise.

Eliot and Chris first met during the International Theatre Festival, Agor Drysau / Opening Doors in 2014 and Eliot Moleba mentions that they’ve wanted to work together since then;

“Since 2014 we’ve been trying to work together. It’s surreal to think, here we are!” (Eliot Moleba)

Eliot Moleba is a 29 year old artist from South Africa who specialises in theatre work. At the moment, Eliot is a Resident Dramaturg with the South African State Theatre. One of his most recent touring productions was The Orphan Of Gaza which toured around South Africa in 201[5].

“It was exciting working on something meaningful which responds to a current global issue” (Eliot Moleba)

Eliot came to know about Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch after being accepted to do a placement with the company during the Agor Drysau Opening Doors festival in 2014. The opportunity was arranged through ASSITEJ (l’Association Internationale du Theatre Pour L’Enfance et La Jeunesse – The International Association Of Theatre For Children and Young People), where Arad Goch’s Creative Director Jeremy Turner was a member.

“We’ve kept in touch since then and are extremely pleased that Eliot is now working with a young Welsh writer and performer, Chris Harris who started his professional career with Arad Goch, after graduating from Aberystwyth University.” (Jeremy Turner)

Chris Harris’ first professional job in the theatre industry was as an actor in Arad Goch’s production Madog. By now, Chris works as an assistant at Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran. As well as this, Chris often works with Sherman Theatre, and has also been working on his own original theatre work. His one-person show Golf Course War Machine opened in Arad Goch and is touring theatres at the moment and there was a reading of his latest drama, which won the Richard Carne Award, Heterochromia on the 26th of April at the Sherman Theatre.

“I love exploring working in a way where language isn’t integral to the storytelling” (Chris Harris)

Chris and Eliot’s project touched on themes such as race, immigrants, childhood and racism and will came to its conclusion with a presentation and discussion of the production at Canolfan Arad Goch.

“Nice to come here in a creative capacity and thankful for the opportunity – it’s very rare to be given a chance like this where you can just explore and play and create something. We’re very grateful for the trust Arad Goch has given us.”

Phone 01970617998 or email carwyn@aradgoch.org for more information.

03/05/2017

This article first appeared here

The Orphan of Gaza

Extra, extra, read all about!

We premier a new play, The Orphan of Gaza, with the generous support of ASSITEJ SA and CurioCity Backpackers.

Details of the premier at The National School of the Arts. This play is specifically targeting 7-10 year olds.
Details of the premier at The National School of the Arts. This play is specifically targeting 7-10 year olds.

The Play:

After a rocket attack, a little girl is told that her parents have gone to a better place. Armed with a makeshift aircraft, helmet, GPS and a cockpit full of courage, she and her pet plot a journey to search for them.

Meet the creative team:

Cast                : Nidaa Husian and Megan Van Wyk

Writers            : Eliot Moleba

Dramaturge   : Charlotte Loriot

Director          : Eliot Moleba

Stage Manager: Nobantu Shabangu and Baeletsi Tsatsi

To book/RSVP your seat and your children, nephews, nieces, and cats, please contact me on:

Email: info(at)eliotmoleba(dot)com

The Man In The Green Jacket (Photos)

The Man In The Green Jacket
Oupa takes a long range ball and John makes a save!
What a spectacular dive by the number one goalkeeper!

 

Oupa takes a shot

The Man In The Green Jacket

The final monologue

The father, alone.

The face of a revolution

John dancing with the dress of his late wife

The conflict begins

Oupa seems the hidden picture of his mum

Surprised John is angry

Oupa and his ‘mum’

Oupa prays

Oupa playing soccer, showing off his skill

Oupa is dead, John receives his green jacket

Keeping the promise; watering the pot-plants

Oupa challenges John

Oupa finds John dancing, but he is unaware of him

John Ledwaba

John, alone, again.

John stands for himself

John speaks

John on his black label

John Ledwaba
Putting on the candle

John finds the key to his wife’s old pictures

John and a mid-night drink

John dancing continues

John and Oupa, world apart

John and Oupa; trying to understand your father

Proud moment: Father and son

And so the arguing grows

They celebrate their goal

The war is on

The militant Oupa

John Ledwaba

Oupa smiles
Oupa smiles

The Man In The Green Jacket

The Marikana Scholarship Fund

(click on the link to see a clip of the show)

We are using this play to promote awareness about the implications of how the Marikana massacre will affect the families left behind. But more importantly, we will collect donations that will go to the education of the children left behind.

The Fund will be collecting donations both locally and internationally to support the education of the children of those who died in the Marikana tragedy, with the hope of raising enough funds to cater for primary, secondary and tertiary education. To make donations as an individual or an organisation, please see the details below:

The bank details for deposits are:
Education Africa
First National Bank
Branch: Melville
Branch Code: 256505
Account number: 50520051851
SWIFT number: FIRNZAJJ (overseas deposits)
Reference: The Marikana Fund – surname

Education Africa can issue section 18A certificates to any South African donors which are tax deductible.

Tax incentives are also available to US (501 3C) and UK (charitable status) donors – these deposit will have to be made directly to these offices. Should you require more info, please contact Education Africa’s Operations Director, Linda Gould on the following details:

Email: Linda(at)educationafrica(dot)org

Tel: 011 685 7300
Fax: 011 783 1714

The Do School

Eliot Moleba:

He studied Theater Directing at University of the Witwatersrand and recently completed a tour of his play “Sizwe Banzi is Alive”.

Eliot’s venture is to work with Drama for Life, an organization promoting social transformation, to create a play in response to the Marikana tragedy where 45 striking miners were shot during a confrontation with the police. His goal is to use the play to raise awareness and start a large fundraising campaign for the benefit of the children of the deceased.

http://thedoschool.org/people/eliot-moleba/

THE MAN IN THE GREEN JACKET

In the end, we must all move on. Well. Sort of.

He is finally here. If you're in Joburg this October, please join us for the premiere of my new production.
He is finally here. If you’re in Joburg this October, please join us for the premiere of my new production.

When everything else goes wrong, hope is the only thing left to count on.

The play is set against the backdrop of an impending labour unrest; a retired mine worker, John Ledwaba, has become a recluse since the death of his wife. His militant son, Oupa Ledwaba, tries to persuade him to let go of the trauma of the past and live again; that out of the ashes there can be growth, a new life to live. John refuses to let go. Afraid of ending up like John, Oupa forces his father to face their reality he has avoided for many years. Will the father ever “live” again?

Written, in part, as a response to the Marikana massacre, the play asks whether there can be growth through tragedy. It also poses questions of our responsibility, as a society, in the aftermath of Marikana, especially the continuing challenges facing the affected families and children.

“For its often refreshing originality, its successful subtleties of theme and character and its determination to provoke discussion rather than violence; I think The Man in the Green Jacket is a must see play.” Maurice Posniak

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https://www.facebook.com/events/610581345646609/