"…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.”
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."
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.
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