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ASSITEJ SA extends warm congratulations to all the Naledi Nominees, and in particular those in the category of Best Children’s Production and Best Production for Young Audiences.“Ntombi Dreams Big”, “Just Antigone” and “Coriolanus” were all featured on the ASSITEJ SA-Naledi Showcases in 2016 at the Soweto Theatre, a platform designed to bridge the gap between work touring to schools and the theatre awards.
Another production whose development was supported by ASSITEJ SA, Narrative Dreams, has had its performer Aubrey Mogali nominated for Best Breakthrough performance.
ASSITEJ SA recognises Jill Girard and Keith Smith of the People’s Theatre and Moira Katz of National Children’s Theatre for their numerous works which are nominated for awards. These two institutions are the only permanent theatres dedicated to young audiences in the country and make sure that theatre for young audiences is available on an ongoing basis.
In recent years, National Children’s Theatre have added touring productions to their repertoire, extending their reach beyond their premises in Parktown. Their production “Khokho’s Treasure” (nominated for best Children’s Production) has since been selected from more than 800 applications from across the globe to perform at the Cradle of Creativity taking place in Cape Town in May.
This gathering at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young Audiences includes a spectacular African festival with some of the most exciting international and local theatre for young audiences set to take to the stage. For more information, go to www.assitej2017.org.za
Call for expressions of interest for the 2017 ASSITEJ SA – Naledi Showcase.
The ASSITEJ SA – Naledi Showcase now calls for expressions of interest from theatre companies touring productions to schools in the Gauteng province.
The ASSITEJ SA – Naledi Showcase is a platform for high-quality theatre for young audiences to be considered for a Naledi Award in the category of Best Production for Children (Aged 0 – 12) and Best Production for Young Audiences (Aged 13 – 17).
Historically, the Naledi Theatre Awards were limited to productions in traditional theatre houses, which left many of the touring productions off the radar. In 2014 ‘Animal Farm’, directed by Neil Coppen, was one of the first touring productions to be showcased at the ASSITEJ SA – Naledi Showcase at Soweto Theatre and went on to win the category.
‘Animal Farm’ (2015 Naledi Winner) and ‘Making Mandela’ (2016 Naledi Winner for Young Audiences) have also been selected to perform at The Cradle of Creativity in May this year.
Traditionally, ASSITEJ SA hosts two showcases, but in light of the organisation’s focus on the Cradle of Creativity, there will only be one showcase for 2017 and this will take place at the Redhill Festival “REDFEST” from 23 – 25 September 2017.
How to apply:
A limited number of slots are available for the showcase. Productions who wish to be considered for this platform and considered for a Naledi Award nomination in the aforementioned categories must have had a minimum of 10 performances in the Gauteng Province over the period of January – December 2017. Members of the ASSITEJ SA-Naledi Showcase will arrange to see the work while on tour to be considered for the showcase, where the work will then be considered for a Naledi Award.
Companies interested should submit an expression of interest (no longer than a page), indicate the production’s touring periods and the availability of the production for the Redhill Festival, should the production be invited to the showcase. Productions considered to be of outstanding merit that cannot perform at Redhill, may, in exceptional circumstances, be required to perform at a special showing, which will be at the sole discretion of the ASSITEJ SA committee for the Naledi Showcase.
For productions that have already completed their touring for the year, kindly apply as per the instructions above and include the names and dates of the schools the production performed to.
Please submit your application by 15 April 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org (Alison Green)
Note: Productions aimed at young audiences that have played in theatres need not apply to the ASSITEJ SA – Naledi Showcase and are encouraged to contact the Naledi Theatre Awards directly to be considered for an award, provided the production has met the award’s criteria.