Cape Town Edge wraps up successful NAFChristine Skinner
Cape Town Edge has wrapped up its run at the 2012 National Arts Festival, adding a number of accolades to its basket.
This year, two productions won Standard Bank Ovation Awards, while another has been invited to the Brighton and Prague Fringe Festivals. The awards were presented to Mamela Nyamza for Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo (The Meal), and to Rob van Vuuren and Martin Evans for Pants on Fire!. Nyamza is the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance and Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo was produced as part of her GIPCA 2012 Fellowship. Pants on Fire! is a late-night, variety comedy show, with a TV-chat-show feel, featuring a stellar line-up of music and celebrity guests.
Jon Keevy’s captivating play, Owl, featuring Briony Horwitz, was invited to be performed at the two international Fringe Festivals.
Cape Town Edge was established six years ago so that Cape Town theatre makers could pool their resources and show their work under one roof at the National Arts Festival. It has proved to be such a success that a number of other collectives replicated the model at this year’s Festival. Cape Town Edge is supported by Distell and the Arts and Culture Trust in association with Nedbank Arts Affinity. The collective is run by theatre maker Jon Keevy in collaboration with members of The Pink Couch – Tara Notcutt, Mat Lewis, Gideon Lombard and James MacGregor.
“We congratulate all the award winners and are delighted that once again a number of shows at Cape Town Edge have received special recognition,” says Jon Keevy, Cape Town Edge marketing co-ordinator. “We provide a platform for innovative, independent theatre-makers to showcase their productions, by helping to share and therefore reduce their costs associated with presenting work at the Festival.
“We are also proud that Cape Town Edge has helped be a launching pad for other opportunities. Tara Notcutt’s ...miskien, featuring Albert Pretorius and Gideon Lombard, was performed for two years at Cape Town Edge, before being invited to the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, to Perth, and now, excitingly, to New York.
“The multiple-award-winning London Road was first performed in Grahamstown at Cape Town Edge, before becoming the highest grossing production on the Fringe last year. Companies such as FTH:K, Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective and The Pink Couch, have all presented work at Cape Town Edge, and have subsequently been invited to produce shows on the Arena or Main Programmes.”
Last year, Mafeking Road and The Ogreling won prestigious Standard Bank Silver Ovation Awards and in 2010, five of the 11 shows at Cape Town Edge won Standard Bank Ovation awards.
The 2012 line-up was A Tale of Horribleness, Body Language, Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo (The Meal), Tonight Neither Hamlet, Owl, Eden and Pants on Fire!.
Further production dates for Cape Town Edge shows are: Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo will be presented in Cape Town at GIPCA in August; Owl will be performed at the Nieu Bethesda Festival in September and Eden will have a run at the Intimate Theatre in Cape Town from 5 to 17 November. Dates to be confirmed, but Tonight Neither Hamlet will have a run at Kalk Bay Theatre and a tour for Pants on Fire! is being planned.
For more information about Cape Town Edge, follow them on Twitter @capetownedge or visit www.capetownedge.com
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National Arts Festival
Dates: Thursday, 3rd July 2014 - Sunday, 13th July 2014