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"…I don’t have a disadvantage so nothing is holding me back and nothing will break or destroy my future.“

(Albert Silindokuhle Khoza)



Welcome to the Hillbrow Theatre Project!


The Hillbrow Theatre (formerly the Andre Huguenot Theatre) offers after-school performance arts programmes to children and youth who live in Hillbrow or attend schools in Hillbrow and the inner city of Johannesburg. Performance training gives children confidence and builds the skills of public speaking, voice and acting.


Play is the work of children, and through play, acting and singing, children work through issues that they have to face on a daily basis. Drama demands empathy for different personalities, cultures, religions and ways of living, and allows children to learn and practice the skills of self-discipline, communication, tolerance and mutual respect.



“I learnt a lot of things that I never knew existed. I learnt how important it is for me to keep informing myself about ordinary things.”

 (Kediboni Rasekuola)


Life in the inner city can expose people to xenophobia, landlord exploitation, drug abuse and violence and the Hillbrow Theatre Project provides a safe space where children and youth can explore these issues through plays and storytelling. The drama workshops give children and youth the opportunity to develop their communication skills, self-confidence, teamwork skills and to unleash their imagination. Through the process of making these plays, children explore and dramatise creative solutions.


A high point on our annual calendar is the Inner City High Schools Drama Festival, which was initiated by the facilitators in 2005.




“It is amazing how young people, given a chance, start to speak about who they are and where they come from; all of us found pieces that made us part of their lives."

(Napo Masheane)



The Hillbrow Theatre Project facilitators run drama workshops at inner city schools with groups of learners between the ages of 12 and 19 years. Also, there are two open drama classes which are conducted in the afternoons and on Saturday mornings at the theatre.


If you want to join the project or get them to come to your school, or more info, visit the Hillbrow Theatre Project on Facebook or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Hillbrow Theatre Project team commits to

  1. Providing a safe space for the children and youth of Hillbrow and beyond to attend after school arts and culture activities;
  2. Providing drama, dance and playmaking skills to inner-city school learners;
  3. Developing a culture of appreciation for arts and culture;
  4. Providing learners from the inner city with a platform to showcase their performing skills and talents;
  5. Giving children and youth the opportunity to develop their drama, dance and playmaking skills, communication skills, self-confidence and their ability to work as part of a team:
  • To unleash the imagination;
  • To bring about creative thinking; and
  • To enrich their lives.
  1. Encouraging the participants to investigate, discuss and debate about who we are, how we interact with each other and the world we live in;
  2. Acting in the best interests of all its participants irrespective of race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, class, sexual orientation, geographical location or language;
  3. Affirming human rights and their attendant responsibilities as outlined in the South African Constitution’s Bill of Rights;
  4. Strengthening democracy; and
  5. Acting as a conduit between different inner city schools and community-based organisations within the inner city and beyond and building bridges to further enrich the lives of children and youth who attend our project.

Please click here for 10th Inner City High School Festival anniversary book.



The Hillbrow Theatre Project and C:NTACT, in partnership with Tswelopele Frail Care Centre, presents young@home, an inter-generational production that brings together the youth and elderly residents of Hillbrow