Theatre: Signs of revival
Far from being dead, the local theatre scene is very much alive, and is changing and evolving, writes Christina Kennedy TO BORROW from Mark Twain, reports of the death of theatre in SA have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, there are strong signs that local theatre is in the midst of a renaissance — and much of it is due to tiny but whip-smart independent venues that are shaking up the scene with bold ideas and even bolder content.In the advertising world, such furnaces of indie creativity are known as hot shops. But this description can also be used for the smattering of Lilliputian theatres across the country that are proving that a few square metres can be a happy habitat for big creative ideas.Like everywhere else in the world, the theatre scene in SA is evolving and no-one has a crystal ball to predict exactly where it’s headed. At the established mainstream theatres, producers are still scrambling to ascertain exactly which shows will work with a changing (and, in many cases,...
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