Retelling the forgotten story of the gallant Space Theatre
The Space — Theatre of Survival documentary premieres at the 21st Encounters Documentary Festival and is told through the eyes of some of the people who created it
Between 1972 and 1979 in Cape Town, The Space Theatre defied the then suffocating status quo and presented some of the cheekiest, up-yours theatre. Some of the country’s (and world’s) top thespians such as Pieter-Dirk Uys, John Kani and Richard E Grant, were shaped there.
The Space might be gone, many of its members dead, but its effect will forever form part of SA’s cultural history. Here is its story through the eyes of some of the dramatis personae and agitators who shaped it.