A course in directing for both aspiring and experienced directors, presented under the mentorship of renowned veteran director and theatre maker, Marthinus Basson. The aim of this project, in partnership with the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi), is to boost the arts in South Africa amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. It promises new opportunities for directors who are at the ready for the day that theatres will be open to the public, and South Africans can celebrate Afrikaans art and arts festivals once again.
This nine-month course will discuss and analyse scripts from a wide spectrum of genres and periods. Basson focusses on interpretation, directing and theatre design, concept development, interpretation challenges experienced by actors, and how directors can overcome them.
“Through this project, the KKNK and NATi want to stimulate and inspire participants in directing, a pilar on which our artform rests”, says Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the KKNK. “This is a dream project from which we hope to grow something for when we can return to work.”
The course consists of virtual group sessions of between three and four hours long every second Sunday afternoon. Contact sessions will only be included if the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic allows it. The chosen scripts are read and discussed during these group sessions, after which Basson hands out assignments in preparation for the following session. Basson’s thorough feedback during sessions will sharpen participants’ critical abilities, test their creativity, and encourage critical thinking.
More about Marthinus Basson
Marthinus Basson is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed and respected directors and theatre makers. His career, spanning 50 years, includes work at the Space Theatre in Cape Town and at KRUIK. He has worked in a variety of genres, from drama to dance, and from educational theatre and comedy to opera and industrial theatre. Iconic productions directed by Basson include Heiner Müller’s Anatomie Titus/Fall of Rome, the Breyten Breytenbach trilogy (Boklied, Die Toneelstuk and Johnny Cockroach), premiers of most of Reza de Wet’s work (amongst which, Mis, Drif, and Breathing In), Tom Lanoye’s Mamma Medea, Bloed en Rose and Koningin Lear, Peter Verhelst’s Aars! and Romeo en Julia, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra, Puccini’s Tosca, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret!, Marlene van Niekerk’s Die kortstondige raklewe van Anastasia W, and Pieter Fourie’s Ek, Anna van Wyk. Basson was a lecturer in directing and theatre design at the Drama Department of the Stellenbosch University for over two decades.