The South African State Theatre will play host to the Youth Expressions Festival from Tuesday, 16 to Sunday, 28 June. The Youth Expressions festival aims to celebrate the creative spirit of the youth, remember their past, celebrate their hopes and acknowledge their importance.
Says festival director Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom; “This year the flagship section of the festival, ‘Resident Expressions’, consists of five productions from young creatives. These are productions that, although put up on next to no budget, we hope will be interesting enough to stand the test of time and become tomorrow’s classics.” The five productions are: Tit for Tat, Diva Reunion, Walk Out, Listen and The Kraal.
“Of course our other productions playing within the period of the festival are the SAST Main Productions, like John Kani’s Missing and two of the four ‘Drama for Life’ productions,” Grootboom says.
“It is quite fortuitous for our festival that these professional productions are playing within our festival as it places the ‘very experienced’ in a context where they are in a position of leading our young theatre makers. Added to these is Napo Masheane’s exciting Poetry and Music production, Napo and Friends. Napo is well-known and quite acclaimed, so I am sure that the youth will appreciate having that sort of quality leading our young creatives.”
Grootboom says seven fringe part-productions will also be on show.
A poetry competition, music and comedy line-up including Tshwane Comedy Night and Jazz African Nights and Acappella trio, The Soil will also be part of the festival programme.
The festival will begin with an opening ceremony march on Tuesday, 16 June from the State Theatre to the Applause Square, and end with a concert by The Soil on Saturday, 27 June.
Tickets cost between R80 and R200 and are available through Computicket.