Stimela Sendaba – The Story Train
A project by Assitej South Africa and Play Africa Children’s Museum.
SetswanaA story about a spider who is a wonderful storyteller. Ananse asked for wisdom from the Sun God, but decided he will hoard all that wisdom to himself. Little did he know, he could not possess all the wisdom in the world.
ASSITEJ South Africa has published several plays and research materials.
Written by Suzanne Lebeau
Translated by Sindiwe Magona
The Ogreling explores the character of a six-year-old ogre, who has to discover first of all who he is and what he is capable of, and then how to overcome those aspects of himself that he longs to escape. It is a play about the journey and struggle we all go through to overcome our shadow selves, and to become fully human. The story is told with tremendous sensitivity, intensity of feeling and richness of language, while always remaining empathetic to the central struggle of the little ogre.
The English text and isiXhosa translation of this beautiful play is presented as a tool to help language learning (in either English or Xhosa), Creative Arts development and Life Orientation. The text is accompanied by educational resources and activity suggestions for use in the classroom. Aimed at Grade 7-9 learners, this is a wonderful resource for Language teachers, Life Orientation teachers and Creative Arts teachers.
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Published Cape Town: Ivy Ink 2012. 89 pages
A powerful play for teens.
Dipuo has always respected her Aunt Mmaletsatsi, a reputable human rights lawyer. Now an investigation by Mmaletsatsi leads her to Theko, the protégé of the powerful and dangerous Pastor Sam. Consumed by his own power and wealth, Sam will do anything to protect his control of his world. The two young lovers of numbers use social media to communicate and share their ideals and later to challenge Sam.
Written by Lalu Mokuku and Ginni Manning, this play was the winner of the ASSITEJ African Playwriting Competition in 2019. Dipalo is must read for all young people, particularly in Africa.
“Dipalo is an important and timely theatre piece exploring the agency of young people in an exploitative world, and is highly relevant and engaging for teens today. This intriguing play deals with the pervasive threat of gender-based violence against the backdrop of charismatic religion. In a space that preaches safety and solace for lost souls, the dangers of the predatory and ruthless can be obscured from view. In finding one another, two young people are able to build a solidarity which strengthens them to deal with the challenges and lies that the adult world has fashioned. ASSITEJ SA exists to empower children and young people to think critically and creatively through the moments of confrontation and connection that the arts alone can provide. We look forward to Dipalo being read, acted out and engaged with by many young people, and providing a pivotal moment of realisation of the strength that resides in each of us, if we have the courage to look for it.” – Yvette Hardie, Director of ASSITEJ SA and President, ASSITEJ International
Dipalo seems “to describe our shared spirit-filled experiences, without making them null-and-void. It centres equally on two aspects of love -love for both the scientific and the supernatural, and love as a phenomenon that young people everywhere are trying to figure out.” – Refiloe Lepere
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Edited by Manon van de Water
Published by ASSITEJ South Africa
Michael Carklin; Cheela Chilala; Heather Fitzsimmons Frey; Lorenzo García; Sandra Grehn; Kristin Hunt; Tom Maguire; Paulo Merisio; Carla Pires Antunes; Matthew Reason; Carla Ribeiro-Cunha; Eunice Uwadinma-Idemudia; Manon van de Water
ITYARN, the International Theatre for Young Audiences Network is the official research network of ASSITEJ. Every three years, at ASSITEJ’s World Congress and Festival, ITYARN organizes a conference, where researchers, as well as artists, from all over the world share their insights and perspectives.
This is the fourth ITYARN book, compiled from two conference events, one held in 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa on “Cultural Exchange and Diversity in TYA,” coinciding with the XIXth ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival Cradle of Creativity, and one held in Kristiansand Norway on “(Re)presenting Childhood,” coinciding with the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering Confronting the Present.
Twelve presentations were selected from these events and together they offer a rich mosaic of research areas in Theatre for Young Audiences — inquiring into the portrayal of and performing for children with cognitive and physical disabilities, disrupting narratives on settlers and indigenous populations, connecting spectatorship and diversity, questioning the male gaze while watching girls perform, analyzing trauma and spiritual healing in TYA plays and performances, examining theatre for babies and theatre for/by/with young adults. Each article is framed by the individual scholar’s cultural and ideological background. This diversity of perspectives and scholarly modes of discourse contribute to furthering the research and practice in the field, opening up horizons and inspiring innovation.
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