Get Tin Bucket Drum to Prague

UJ - University of Johannesburg
04/20/2016 08:33:50

South African award-winning show Tin Bucket Drum is crowdfunding support to get to this year’s Prague Fringe Festival, where they are due to perform from 27 to 30 May 2016.

Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre for 2016 Jade Bowers’ production of Neil Coppen’s award-winning show Tin Bucket Drum has been invited to perform at the 2016 Prague Fringe Festival and hopes to get support to help cover the costs of getting there.

“Fringe Festivals happen around the world and are a really important way for artists to be seen by international audiences and producers and to showcase amazing South African work on an international stage. But the catch is that you have to pay for the costs yourself upfront, and then hope you make enough money off ticket sales to pay yourself back,” explains Bowers, “and while I’m 150% prepared to take that risk, our rands are not going very far”.

Thundafund is South Africa’s leading online Crowdfunding Café and marketplace for creatives and innovators, allowing entrepreneurs a platform to raise capital and build a supportive crowd of backers for their respective projects & ideas. Bowers and her team are hoping that the transparent, exchange-driven nature of the platform will encourage those who are supportive of their cause: “We have already raised 10% of our dream goal and are very grateful to those who have kickstarted our drive, but with just over two weeks to go until our deadline, we’re appealing to those who have a passion for South African work, to help us get our show to Prague – in exchange for some really cool rewards, of course.” Go to  to pledge.

‘Taking work to festivals in other countries is a rite of passage for our artists that cannot be underestimated. More than just a "fun trip", taking part in international festivals gives our artists a broader platform for their work and imagination; opens opportunities for them to engage with their peers and get in touch with the work they're doing and lets them re-imagine their own work and artistic approach in a new context. We're so proud of this production and the team behind it, knowing that it will fly the South African flag high in Prague,’ says Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts Festival, and the campaign’s biggest backer so far.

This production was awarded a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2015 National Arts Festival, and actress Warona Seane has been nominated for a 2016 Naledi Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Drama for this role.

Of its run at the 2015 National Arts Festival Fringe, Cue Newspaper said: “An excellent script, powerful acting and beautiful music make Tin Bucket Drum worthy of its status as a Festival staple,” Featuring Warona Seane and Matthew MacFarlane, the play offers a fresh twist on the traditional conventions of African storytelling. Nomvula is a spirited child born with a revolutionary heartbeat into a cruel and silent dictatorship. In its close and minutely explored world, Tin Bucket Drum takes a broad swipe at age old global systems of restriction enforced for personal gain by those in power and the way these restrictions affect the man or woman on the ground. Above all, it looks rather optimistically at the power of creativity.

Tin Bucket Drum is written by Neil Coppen, performed by Warona Seane and Matthew MacFarlane (with original music by Matthew MacFarlane), and directed and designed by Jade Bowers. It performs 27 to 30 May 2016 at Divadlo Inspirace Malostranske

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JADE BOWERS is a Capetonian living Joburg. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Drama and Sociology, and an Honours degree at the University of the Witwatersrand with a focus on directing and design for the stage. Bowers was named one of AfriPOP’s Top Five Female Theatre Makers in South Africa, received a Naledi nomination for Best Sound Design and Best Cutting Edge Production. She has recently been named Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre for 2016. She has worked as a production manager, stage manager, festival director (for WALE 4.0), director and designer. She currently works for UJ Arts & Culture and runs her own production company: Jade Bowers Design & Management.

WARONA SEANE graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1999 and has since been involved in numerous Theatre, Film and Television projects. Her stage acting credits are: Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Symbols of Sex and State in 2000; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozakhe Shange, which won the cast a Fleur Du Cap Award for best performance in a musical/revue in 2002; a collaboration with the French company Kiwat Cie on My Body Is My Home; The Alchemist’s Heart; uHambo: Pieces of a Dream, a collaboration with the Mothertongue Project; John Kani’s Nothing but the Truth and the lead in Nongogo which won her a Naledi nomination for best actress in 2006. At the end of 2002 Ms. Seane was invited by Pro-Helvetia on a storytellers’ tour of Switzerland. Her writing credits include 7Flowers, for the Cape Town Festival, Dinner Party, links for the talk show Intimate Connexions an episode of the award winning TV show The Lab and another for For Sale. Her stories and poetry appear in Ink @ Boiling Point, an anthology of black South African Women writers published by Weave. Ms. Seane also stars in 90 Plein Street, Justice For All, Home Affairs III and Hillside II-IV on SABC. Ms. Seane’s directing credits include Sacred Thorn, which she also co-wrote; Yes Medem, written and performed by Brenda Bongiwe Ngxoli; Nelisiwe Xaba’s solo project Fragments of an Orgy; Mute Echoes and Romeo and Juliet, For Colored/Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf. In 2006 Ms. Seane performed in Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel directed by award-winning director James Ngcobo, The Jungle Book directed by Craig Higginson. Ms. Seane Also teaches at Wits on a part-time basis and has just finished performing in The Olive Tree, Ntshieng Mokgoro’s production fueled by the Standard Bank Young Artist Directing Award she won for 2009. In 2010 Ms Seane directed Eclipsed by Danai Gurira and We Are Here by Antonio David Lyons and appeared in Kabi Thulo’s Tsela. Warona has just finished filming 90 Plein street III, a political drama for the SABC and performed in Ukutshona ko Mendi: Did We Dance directed by Mandla Mbothwe. She has taught at Wits School of Arts and is currently teaching performance studies at the Market Theatre Laboratory and has just presented at the “Black Women in the Performing Arts Conference: Volume 1” organised by The Steve Biko Centre.

MATTHEW MACFARLANE is a guitarist and composer based in Johannesburg. He is versatile and enjoys performing and writing music in a large variety of styles and genres. Matthew's passion for music started at a young age and eventually he decided that he would like to pursue music seriously. He obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his final year of study Matthew met theatre director and head of drama at the university, Warren Nebe and subsequently composed and performed music for four of his plays. This includes the play Hayani, which was written and performed by award winning actors Atandwa Kani and Nathaniel Ramabulana. In 2014, Matthew was nominated for a Fleur du Cap and Naledi award for his original score and live performance in Hayani. Matthew works as a freelance guitarist and has appeared in bands on various television shows including Afro Cafe, Clash of the Choirs and Stripped Down. He also has experience teaching guitar privately and at schools and has worked on a musical outreach project. Matthew has composed music for a student film and one of his ambitions is to become a feature film composer.

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