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Performing Arts Professional Exchange SDC

Savanna Trust: Southern Africa Theatre Collaborative

Our Regional Mobility Partner Savanna Trust is coordinating the Southern Africa Theatre Collaborative project, aimed at facilitating skills, regional collaboration, co-creation and networking among theatre practitioners in the SADC region. The project is premised on the need to promote skills and knowledge transfer among professional mid-career theatre artists from the region, create opportunities for collaboration between Savanna Trust and its regional counterparts and facilitate performance opportunities in the SADC.

Savanna Trust is therefore hosting the 3rd edition of the Southern Africa Theatre Camp (SATC) in Harare Zimbabwe from 15-25 June 2019. The aim of the SATC is to equip mid-career theatre practitioners with advanced skills in theatre making and arts management. Ten young theatre professionals from Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe will come together to learn, share and network. 

The aim of the Southern Africa Theatre Collaborative is for all the participants to create strong and beneficial relationships and built networks in the region.

Savanna Trust is also taking the theatre production Ukama, to the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (Grahamstown), South Africa from 3-5 July 2019. This play was written and produced by Bongani Masangoduring during a directors’ residency in 2018 at Savanna Trust. At the 18th National Arts Merit Awards, Savanna Trust won two awards for Ukama – Outstanding Theatrical Production and Outstanding Male Actor for Teddy Mangawa.

UKAMA Synopsis

This story explores issues of marriage and failure to conceive, family relations, urban and regional migration, and other issues relating to the girl child. Set in rural Zimbabwe, an ambitious 17 year old girl Anaisha who is orphaned early lives with her married sister and dreams of furthering her education and unearth her dreams beyond the borders of her village. Her sister and husband after years of trying to conceive, see in the young girl an answer to their problem and devise a sinister plan.