As the Market Theatre Laboratory prepares for its 2017 Graduation Ceremony which takes place on Saturday 29 October, its alumni continue to take the spotlight on South Africa’s theatre stages. Last night, the National Arts Festival announced 2002 alumnus Monageng “Vice” Motshabi as the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner.
Monageng has directed numerous productions including Mogatapele, The Story I’m About To Tell and Sizwe Banzi is Dead. His writings Echoes and Book of Rebellations (co-written with Kgafela oa Magogodi) have both won Naledi Theatre Awards. The Standard Bank Young Artist Award is a further acknowledgement of his career as one of South Africa’s young, cutting-edge and trailblazing playwrights and directors.
He joins the ranks of other Market Theatre alumni who have won the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Mncedisi Shabangu won the Award in 2002 and Prince Lamla received the Standard Bank Young Artist in 2013.
“The Standard Bank Young Artist Award is undoubtedly South Africa’s most prestigious arts accolade”, said Ismail Mahomed, the Market Theatre’s CEO and former Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival.
“We at the Market Theatre Foundation extend our appreciation to the National Arts Festival and to Standard Bank for investing in building a South African roll call of honour in which these young artists can find their names alongside legends such as William Kentridge, Sibongile Khumalo, Maishe Maponya and others who have also won this Award in their early careers”, he said.
The Market Theatre’s Artistic Director, James Ngcobo said that he was elated that dancer and choreographer Thandazile Sonia Radebe was announced as the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance. This accolade follows an earlier announcement this year at which she received the Market Theatre’s Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voices Award.
Radebe has collaborated on Ketekang and A Tribute to Maya Angelo as well as several other projects with the James Ngcobo.
“All of us at the Market Theatre are over-joyed that Sonia has received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. She is an important part of the Market Theatre’s artistic family and an inspiration to her peers”, he added.
Both Monageng Motshabi and Thandazile Sonia Radebe will be featured in the Market Theatre’s 2017 line-up.