Ngizwe Youth Theatre’s award-winning show, The Little One, will be performing at The Market Theatre Laboratory on 26 and 28 April at 19:30.
The Little One is a true story of a group of homeless children living on the tough streets of Durban. An abandoned girl at a train station. An event that would change their lives forever. Can you hear them? Can you see them? The faces of children old before their time.
Tshabalira takes us on a journey back to when he himself was a street child living in Durban. Interwoven into his story are the experiences and testimonies of our young cast, who themselves know the betrayal of family and the daily grind of poverty to survive. The Little One chronicles an authentic picture of the daily experiences of a mismatched group of children, who sleep beside each other at a train station.
It performed to full houses at the National Arts Festival and was awarded the Adelaide and Oliver Tambo Humanitarian Award to the best artists and production at the festival who are exploring the potential of the arts to advocate for social change and to entrench South Africa’s human rights culture
“Ngizwe Youth Theatre has harnessed the power of theatre to share a narrative that is not often highlighted. While many playwrights may present work about the unique reality faced by children living on the street, Tshabalira Lebakeng’s direct and personal experience conveys an authenticity and creates a deeper understanding of the harsh realities,” Tracey Saunders
Since 2013, Ngizwe has been running out of a community centre in Noordgesig in Gauteng.
It is an impoverished community known for high levels of drug abuse and violent crime among young people. Ngizwe provides practical skills in theatre-making and offers students a broad range of performance techniques that build self-awareness and confidence. Ngizwe means ‘hear me’, and this is at the heart of our community theatre project, we let the children of this community be heard.
Tickets are available at Webtickets for the Market Theatre Laboratory performance.