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7th June at 12:00, Pozorište Boško Buha

Presentation of Theatre Practice and Experience in South Africa – Ntshieng Mokgoro Community Theatre

Another side program of the TIBA Festival will be the Symposium that will be held by our guest and member of the ASSITEJ jury, Ntshieng Mokgoro, and she will speak of the theater practice and experience in South Africa, focusing on the work of community theater and ADAPT (Agisanang domestic abuse prevention and training) programme which uses theater language in workshops with high school girls. The Symposium is designed for creators engaged in applied theater. Ntshieng Mokgoro has already made a profound mark on South Africa’s drama scene, having developed a number of community-based projects into professional productions staged on various national platforms. She is ranked among the best female theatre directors in the country, including Lara Foot Newtown, Claire Stopford, Fiona Ramsay and Janice Honeyman.She has formed the theatre company called Olive Tree Theatre Production. Working mostly from makeshift theatres spaces and sometimes tough Alexandra township environments, Mokgoro has brewed some of the most exciting productions that delighted audiences on

both national and international stages. Mokgoro finds inspiration from observing the life of people in the township. “From seeing a dirty little girl playing on the pavement in the township, to an old woman selling vegetables and chicken intestines at the side of a road, to a teenage girl who is screaming for help in the middle of the night. Township life, rural life.” Her work focuses on telling stories about ordinary life and mundane daily experiences. “Stories we tell when we plait each other’s hair or when we cook and gossip during our huge family gatherings. Stories that have never left our kitchen tables to a wider audience,” Mokgoro adds.She loves writing about myths of women, birth, arranged marriages, and the death of women.

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