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A man known as Sizwe leaves his home, wife and kids in King Williams Town to seek employment and better prospects in Port Elizabeth. He is refused an official permit that would allow him to work, and was told to leave town within three days. Coming back with his friend Buntu from a local Shebeen one day, they stumble across a dead man with a valid pass. To survive in this town Sizwe must assume the dead man’s identity. This is not an easy decision for Sizwe, for he has to write to his wife and explain his sudden change of name and identity. As a matrix for the interpretation of human resistance in situations of oppression, Sizwe Bansi is Dead resonates with the issues of social disparity and prejudice in many societies. This contemporary version of Fugard’s play by Camino De orula centralizes the struggles of an average person in modern day Ireland, most especially the homeless; the underprivileged, and the disadvantaged. These people if given the opportunity to speak have a story to tell; some of which might not be different from the ones in Sizwe Bansi is Dead. Exploring the concept of “Total Theatre”, this production will be innovative in the use of songs coupled with an eclectic use of gestures, mime, dance, music, symbolism and stage imagery.
***** ‘In a practically flawless production, enough cannot be said about this brilliant central cast…each of whom are riveting and generous performers’
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July 14 2020, at 05:12pm
Project Arts Centre is pleased to announce an open call for a series of 3 artist commissions. Future Forecast is a series of events and artistic interventions forming part of a speculative voyage towards the future. Future Forecast is a multiway transmission with 2020+ vision. For the Arts sector, the last few months have been a time of crisis, but also a time of reflection. The building is a luxury and we miss it. We miss artists making their work in our spaces and audiences making a journey through the building to see that work and we miss being together…Read More
June 12 2020, at 10:55am
Exactly 20 years ago the new purpose-built premises of Project Arts Centre reopened amidst huge expectations and speculations on its capacities to live up to its artist-led ethos and continue its creative path dedicated to experimentation and radical practices. There were sceptics and critical voices addressing both the context of the development of the Temple Bar Cultural Quarter and spectacle-oriented, consumer-driven cultural production which some feared Project’s subversive spirit might fall prey to after its refurbishment. An anniversary at most times is an important opportunity to reflect, especially during such transformative moments as those we are living through right now.…Read More