In 2017 a raft of productions showcased at Redfest were nominated for Naledi Awards. Most significantly these include the youth theatre awards in conjunction with Assitej.
Ranging across all the disciplines of theatre, the Naledis are coveted by performers, designers, the production teams and staging crews. As the largest theatre awards in South Africa, a nomination by the Naledi Judges is in itself an achievement. The Naledis are the brainchild of theatre doyenne and Redfest Patron Dawn Lindberg, and these are the 14th annual awards. The main panel Judges are obliged to see the majority of the productions that qualify, which broadly speaking are professional productions with more than ten concurrent performances. There is also a second panel of judges that looks at youth performances, known as the Assitej Nominations.
Featured on the line-up last year in the category (0-12) were Cloud Catcher (Odd Body Theatre), Cradle under the Shade (Gauteng Opera), Rat Race (Well Worn Theatre Company) and Taking Flight (Zikka Zimba and Hijinks Productions). In the (13–17) Category were Onderwereld (Andre Stolz Productions) and Plastocracy (Well Worn Theatre Company).
Not only were the productions nominated, but performers as well. Nominees for the Best Performance for Young Adults included Christopher van der Westhuizen for Onderwereld; Jacques Da Silva and Tebogo Machaba in Taking Flight and Nieke Lombard in Cloud Catcher.
Director of the Festival Matthew Counihan and his Redfest team are busy finalising Redfest 2018’s line-up and it will be announced soon.
See you at REDFEST 28 – 30 September 2018, for the best of South African theatre on offer.