Redfest hosts quality youth theatre

Assitej SA
08/31/2018 13:40:59

ASSITEJ South Africa with Redhill School will host the ASSITEJ/Naledi Showcase at ‘RedFest’ on 28-30th September 2018 in Johannesburg.

ASSITEJ SA has partnered with the Naledi Theatre Awards for several years to provide wider scope for the quality work which is touring to schools and learners in Gauteng. A dedicated team of judges now see a much broader selection of theatre for young audiences via showcases which ASSITEJ SA sets up once or twice a year. Productions invited to this showcase are works that the judging panel would not otherwise have been able to see due to the touring nature of theatre for young audiences. They are then eligible (along with work seen in theatre spaces) for Naledi nominations in two categories.

The RedFest platform is an ideal venue to host this season’s showcase. Developing an appreciation of arts and culture, as well as their practice and presentation, is an essential component of the Redhill high School ethos, an arts-rich curriculum changes the learning environment to one of discovery while breaking the fixed neural patterns of fact-based learning. It also improves student connection and encourages tolerance of diversity.

As Festival Director Matthew Counihan comments, “RedFest aims to pack a punch with youth-focused theatre performed by South Africa’s top actors. RedFest has garnered the support of a group of affiliates who are national leaders in their fields to encourage collaboration and contribution to the discussion around innovative practices in education that harness the power of creativity, to ensure our children are groomed into savvy global citizens. All ages from toddlers upwards will be catered for and we hope to create an unintimidating showcase that will ignite a passion for the arts across the entire family.”

The showcase will present productions ‘Night/Light’ performed by Daniyella Rodin, directed by Tamara Guhrs and ‘Galela’ directed by Thembela Madliki, for Well Worn Theatre, which are under consideration for award nomination. The categories for which these shows are under consideration are the ‘Naledi Theatre Award for Best Production for Children (0 – 12)’

ASSITEJ SA, alongside IFAS, will also be supporting Chiffonade, a dance performance specifically made for toddlers and young children. The piece is created by established French choreographer Michelle Dhallu of Carré Blanc Cie and has toured extensively in Europe and to acclaimed festivals around the globe receiving glowing reviews.

ASSITEJ SA hosted Michelle Dhallu in a partnership with Vuyani Dance Theatre and the UJ Arts Centre during March 2018. The dance is now given new life as Dhallu collaborated with acclaimed Vuyani Dance Theatre performer Lulu Mhlangeni to provide a unique South African take on the work. Having worked together at the UJ Arts Centre, Dhallu, Mhlangeni and French dancer Suzel Barbaroux are currently relaunching this dance adventure, which will now perform at Redfest 2018.

This intercultural collaboration is an extension of the work that was done for Cradle of Creativity, the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, which ASSITEJ SA hosted in Cape Town in 2017 - the first time the event has been hosted on the African continent.

For the RedFest Programme, please see:

From humble (and successful) beginnings, RedFest has managed to secure some of South Africa’s hottest and most exciting talents. 2018 is no exception. Award winning directors and performers such as Jade Bouwers, Khutjo Green, Gopala Davies, Caryl Graeme, Ameera Patel, Rowan Bakker, Renos Spanoudes and Lebogang Mataung and many others are featured at the Festival.

With ample parking and all amenities available, RedFest 2018 promises to take a great initiative to new heights and provide premier entertainment for all comers. For more information go to

For more information on the ASSITEJ SA / Naledi Showcase contact


ASSITEJ South Africa is a registered NPO (066-875), which operates as a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. It aims to promote and foster high quality theatre for children and young people, to raise standards within the industry, to increase access and awareness, to be an advocate for the right of every child to arts education in schools, and to build relationships within the sector locally, nationally, across the continent and globally.

Members are present in all provinces include: actors, musicians, dancers, directors, choreographers, theatre educators, stage designers and dramatists, as well as theatre companies, organisations and institutions, critics and cultural journalists, cultural officers, amateur drama groups, organizers, societies and other networks.

ASSITEJ South Africa works to promote international awareness of South African theatre for children and young people, through networking, organising exchanges, touring performances, and by facilitating contacts. Members are given access to a global network of information about festivals, performances, courses and seminars all over the world, with the potential to participate in these activities. ASSITEJ SA was the proud host of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, Cradle of Creativity, in 2017.

ASSITEJ South Africa is generously supported by the National Lotteries Commission, the National Arts Council of South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture, Rand Merchant Bank and the UNESCO IFCD. Other funders, supporters and partners include the HCI Foundation, the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Buz Publicity, Splitbeam Gearhouse, Institut Francaise, Alliance Francaise, Africalia, Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institut, Government of Flanders, SIDA, The National School of the Arts, Artscape, Baxter Theatre, Theatre Arts Admin Collective, the National Arts Festival, the Distell Foundation, the Kids of the Cape, the Cape Tercentenary Foundation, CATHSSETA, Ruth & Anita Wise Trust, Lorenzo and Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust, Puppetry South Africa, The Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity, Copy Dog Productions, Mandela Bay Development Agency, Speeltheater Holland Studio, Bush Radio, FMR, and Cape Town Television. Account:
Alison Green
011 028 6638
072 599 5716
Related Event:
Redhill RedFest
Dates: Friday, 28th September 2018 - Sunday, 30th September 2018
Related Venue:
Redhill School, Morningside Sandton Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa