What’s On At The Theatre This Autumn/Winter Season (Virtual Shows)

Joburg’s top theatre venues have embraced online streaming to keep you entertained at home this winter. Join Joburg Theatre, POPArt, The Centre for the Less Good Idea and the SA State Theatre for their winter season lineup online. Oh, and there’s a new live streaming series you won’t want to miss out on either. Happy watching all you theatre lovers! 

The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre.

POPArt Theatre

POPArt Theatre has embraced online streaming unlike any other performance venue in Joburg. During lockdown, they’ve debuted a number of new live shows for you to enjoy at home. This winter, POPArt is showing no signs of slowing down, bringing you a full lineup of online content. Join them for their new bi-weekly series, ZoomProv Live, as well as a live panel discussion with some of the country’s most renowned playwrights, Mike Van Graan, Neil Coppen and Jane Taylor. Hosted by Kirsten Harris, this discussion is geared towards high school students learning from home during lockdown. Tickets cost just R120 per household, so book yours ASAP!

Date: Wednesday, 3 June 2020 at 19:00.

Follow POPArt Theatre on Facebook to tune into their live streaming shows.

The Centre For The Less Good Idea

A week after lockdown was implemented, The Centre for the Less Good Idea was due to host their Season 7 showcase. Instead, their impeccably decisive reaction to move towards online streaming broke ground for many other theatre and arts venues to follow suit. The Centre presented their Season 7 lineup fully online via Facebook Live and their website. You can still watch a few of the season’s shows if you haven’t caught up yet.

However, the Centre’s focus this winter season will be the ‘Unprecedented Times’ exhibition, curated by Thomas D. Trummer with the Kunsthaus Bregenz gallery in Austria. The Centre will exhibit a number of works from their ‘The Long Minute’ series – a collection of online videos shared by the Centre on social media and curated by Bronwyn Lace over the last few months. The virtual exhibition opens on Friday, 5 June 2020 and you will be able to access it via the Kunsthaus Bregenz galleries’ website.

Follow The Centre for the Less Good Idea on Facebook for more daily online content from the ‘Long Minute’ series.

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Last night we premiered our 6th and final online programme for Season 7 at The Centre for the Less Good Idea. The full programmes are available for viewing on www.lessgoodidea.com Today we launch THE LONG MINUTE, alumni of the past 7 seasons and 3 years of programming at The Centre as well as any interested artists across the disciplines are invited to submit minute long video works for us to curate and share on our social media platforms @lessgoodidea & #lessgoodidea. Submissions can be mailed to bronwyn@lessgoodidea.org. Even though our physical ability to be with one another has been removed for the time being the Centre continues to look for ways to pursue the incidental discoveries we make in the process of sharing our practices and responding to one another collectively and collaboratively. It is our hope that some of what is discovered during these next weeks online be manifested into the physical world in future seasons. These fragments of text, performance, image and dance from the studios and homes of artists are provocations and prompts to one another. The Long Minute as with everything that happens at The Centre for the Less Good Idea is about process, experiment and collaboration. To launch The Long Minute we are sharing William Kentridge’s latest notebook musing ‘and this you say is my life’, Kentridge draws the texts from poets Anna Akhmatova, Yehuda Amichai as well as the book of Ecclesiastes. AND THIS YOU SAY IS MY LIFE Conceptualised by | William Kentridge Music by | Micca Manganye & Volley Nchabeleng Video Editing & Compositing by | Žana Marović The Long Minute is curated by | Bronwyn Lace

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Joburg Theatre

Joburg City Theatres have been shut since mid-March in compliance with lockdown regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, you can still get your fill of classical ballet, opera, comedy and musical extravagance online via their websites and YouTube channel. Over the past few weeks, Joburg City Theatres have dug deep into their archives to find the best recordings of their most popular shows. Watch Verdi’s La Traviata, Janice Honeyman’s Snow White Pantomime and the National School of the Arts production of Gibson Kente’s Too Late, from the safety of your home this winter.

If all things go according to plan, Joburg Theatre expects to reopen in August for the South African season of William Kentridge’s The Head and The Load. This highly-anticipated production was scheduled to open in May 2020, but has since been postponed to early August.

Dates: Thursday, 6 August 2020 – Friday, 14 August 2020.

Visit Webtickets for more information on ticket availability and show times.

The Head and The Load. Photo by Stella Olivier.

SA State Theatre

The SA State Theatre has gone virtual in response to the extended national lockdown. Their online showcase kicked off on Sunday, 24 May 2020 in celebration of Africa Month. This virtual programme will run until 13 June 2020, bringing audiences the very best of the State Theatre’s proudly South African productions from a distance. One of the most highly-anticipated shows for this online season is Ladysmith Black Mambazo Live In Concert. This screening features never-before-seen footage of their award-winning acapella group, not to be missed.

Dates: Sunday, 24 May 2020 – Sunday, 07 June 2020

Find the full SA State Theatre online lineup here.

Subscribe to the SA State Theatre’s YouTube channel for daily online content.

&Scene: Together Again Series

&Scene is a new live streaming platform, created by the arts community, for the arts community. Each week the platform debuts a new ‘Together Again’ series – bringing together the casts and crews of some of South Africa’s best big-budget productions from over the last two decades. So far, we’ve enjoyed content from the creative geniuses behind the South Africa productions of Hairspray, Rent, Mamma Mia! and African Footprint. 

Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to carve out a career in the performing arts on the West End or Broadway? Tune into &Scene’s ‘Spotlight On’ series to get first hand advice from South Africans living abroad and “making it big” on international stages.

&Scene is also a proud supporter of the Theatre Benevolent Fund and the Waiting In The Wings campaign. While their online content is free to view, you can make a donation to either of these organisations through the &Scene website. Follow &Scene on Facebook or subscribe to their YouTube channel to watch their weekly series and join in on morning yoga classes, kiddies Cabaret and much more.

By Tarryn Jameson

Looking for more arts-related content online? Check out these exciting digital arts festivals coming up this winter. 

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