Creativity celebrated at fifth Teksmark

A record number of scripts will be presented as play readings at Kunste Onbeperk’s fifth Teksmark, taking place from Wednesday, 28 to Friday, 30 October.

“We look forward to celebrating creativity in the theatre industry in this extraordinary year and giving playwrights the opportunity to showcase excerpts from their exciting new stage scripts”, says Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of Kunste Onbeperk.

Teksmark is made possible by the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Baxter Theatre Centre, where it is presented in the Golden Arrow Studio, on the corner of Hoof and Burg Streets in Cape Town. A record number of 122 entries were received this year and 22 proposals are presented during Teksmark.

With the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe and leaving the arts and artists destitute, we are happy to welcome back Teksmark to The Baxter at Level 1 restrictions, with all Covid-19 protocols observed. While what we do, and how we do things may be different, our commitment to Teksmark and the nurturing of young artists, writers and storytellers remain unchanged”, says Lara Foot, CEO and Artistic Director of the Baxter Theatre Centre.

The titles of the 22 scripts and playwrights are:!Nau en ander drama by Jolyn PhillipsAlleensaam by Wim VorsterAskaria by Dianne Du Toit AlbertzeBientang by Riana ScheepersCovid Moons by Clare StopfordDie sondige sewe by Niël RademanDroomwerk by Pieter Odendaalgrot by Kanya ViljoenIingxoxo zelobola by Anele KoseLove, Lafras by Caitlin WiggillPakslae / Hiding by Jeani Heyns, Chad Baai & Zoë ChettyPelegi by Tshegofatso MabeleThe Spotlight Tonight by Ian TuckerThe Valley of the Shadow by Qondiswa James, Tankiso Mamabolo, Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni, Malika Ndlovu, Wessel Pretorius and Mike van GraanWhat We Wish For by Mike van GraanAl dra ’n aap ’n goue ring by Margo KotzéBut, Baby I Love You by Andrico GoosenDie Workshop by Fabian RainersIt’s My Baby by Xolisa NgubelangaKokon by Carlo DanielsMannetjie by Gerhard Visagieand The Infinite Woman by Misha Krynauw.

Various directors and actors are available in the excerpts that will be presented, including amongst others Antoinette Kellermann, June van Merch, Denise Newman, Abduragman Adams, André Roothman, Rehane Abrahams, Wolf Britz, Marion Holm, Greg Karvellas, Martelize Kolver, Cintaine Schutte, Gary Naidoo, Carel Nel, Hennie van Greunen, Charlton George, Stian Bam, Lesego Chauke, Frazer Barry, Qondiswa James, Veronique Jephtas, Stefan Erasmus, Wian Taljaard, Thami Baba, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, Tara Notcutt, Tankiso Mamabolo, Carla Smith and many more.

Last year’s Teksmark was characterised by multilingual proposals, as well as current discussions between the audience and casts. This year, proposals are included inAfrikaans, English, isiXhosa and seSotho.

Cornelia Faasen, CEO of NATi, says: “It is almost unimaginable that we met at Teksmark 2019 just a year ago. The plans and exciting ideas and new playwrights that were formed there, feel like a lifetime ago. If we have learned anything this year, it is that a world without theatre – and specifically live theatre, is a very dull and boring place. An almost meaningless place.”

Kunste Onbeperk invites everyone to share their opinions on the scripts. Registration must be done in advance and only a limited number of seats are available per session, in line with the current Covid-19 regulations. Other Covid-19 protocol will also be adhered to during Teksmark. 

For more information and to register, visitwww.kknk.co.za/teksmark, phone 044 203 8600 or send an e-mail to lizane@kunste.org.za.

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