Redhill School in partnership with the International Theatre for Youth Association, ASSITEJ South Africa presents a youth-focused theatre festival, RedFest.
ASSITEJ SA and the Naledi Theatre Awards have combined forces to showcase theatrical pieces that push boundaries and highlight excellence in the performing arts for young audiences and youth. These showcases have been held bi-annually and have been hosted at The Soweto Theatre and Wits Theatre in previous years.
Redhill understands the importance of exposing its students and community to the Arts. It sees the Arts as an essential conduit, connecting its students and faculties to its communities at large.
Redhill is invested in growing its Arts community by nurturing and developing the creative potential of each and every student. Furthermore, the collaborative nature of the Arts speaks to the community focus that Redhill is particularly interested in building. As a future-focused school, we embrace the power of the collective and acknowledge the importance of collaboration. The Arts represent an area that Redhill is actively developing. Redhill believes in the power of theatre; theatre acts as a change agent and is a powerful educational tool.
As such, a union with ASSITEJ SA and its development programmes seemed the perfect fit. Redhill is proud to launch its first RedFest in October 2016.
Redhill will host a Professional Development afternoon on Friday, 7 October aimed at engaging educators in dialogue with leading industry practitioners. The session will be followed by a light cocktail dinner and performance of Whistlestop (Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award and a PANSA New Writer’s Award).
On Saturday, 8 October, Redhill’s campus will play host to a variety of specially sourced productions and workshops that will cater to the eyes of audiences young and old. Shows will run at staggered+ times across various venues. Tickets for shows can be purchased online through Webtickets.
We will also be hosting our first Classical Guitar Competition on Saturday, which is open to all classical guitarists, up to a Grade 8 level. The competition will be judged by some of the finest music teachers and musicians in South Africa.
Redhill’s Preparatory and Chamber Orchestra join Northside School, Gaborone, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and the Music Enlightenment Project for a morning workshop on massed music making followed by an afternoon concert. The massed items will be conducted by Adeyemi Oladiran, the Music Enlightenment Project’s Director.
The heart of the festival is to showcase the Music Enlightenment Project, an extra-curricular music programme for children in the Braamfontein area and Northside Primary who have limited orchestral performance opportunities in Botswana. The concert is free of charge, but a donation box will be at the door. All funds received will go towards the renovation of the building premises that the Music Enlightenment Project are waiting to move into in the near future.
This exciting event will see the Redhill campus come alive with theatre and music. In addition to the shows that will be on offer, Redhill will come to life with all things cultural.
Redhill, along with ASSITEJ SA has managed to secure an exciting line-up of spectacular productions – Woza Albert!, Whistle Stop and Stranger Things to name a few.
In addition to the magical shows on offer, Redhill will host a variety of buskers and vendors to keep the audiences entertained between performances. Our goal is to engage our students with the wonders of the Arts. To immerse them in activities that grow and colour their worlds.
The Arts offers our communities a voice and is a beautiful reflective device. We would love to become a home for our local talent and, in time, build a theatre-going community that learns to respect and support our beloved industry.