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mehlo-maya (eye-to-the-sun) is pleased to announce the launch of its new project, The Segopotso Project – A National Theatre Archive.
The Segopotso Project aims to develop an electronic archive of South African theatre from 1976 to 2016. The archive will consist of synopsises of political and community plays; the history of venues where theatre has taken place over the past four decades; and profiles of people who have made theatre happen across the provinces. The archive will include photographs; interviews; and audio and audio-visual recordings.
There will be several volumes of play-scripts published over the years, looking at mainly but not exclusively at plays that have never been published. These publications will be presented free of charge to universities, colleges, and NGOs dealing with theatre studies, as well as libraries and archives, free of charge. [Note that the Segopotso Project will have no right of ownership of any playscript or content in the archive.]
The Segopotso Project has been supported, in part, by the Department of Arts and Culture – Mzansi Gold Economy, and will be engaged in fundraising to continue with the project. Our aim is to run over a number of years, to create as comprehensive an archive as possible.
We are aware that we are taking on a formidable task, and wish to work with everyone in the sector, to make this happen.
The Segopotso Team is also keen to meet people in the industry and will be visiting existing archives and theatres, to discuss ways in which we can collaborate.
The Segopotso Team is Vanessa Cooke, Lesego Rampolokeng and Bobby Rodwell.
Contact Bobby Rodwell on 082 718 5781 and 011 487 0120.