ASSITEJ SA/Naledi Showcase at #Redfest

Assitej SA
09/08/2017 10:39:56

ASSITEJ South Africa with Redhill School will host the ASSITEJ/Naledi Showcase at the Redhill Arts Festival ‘RedFest’ on 23-25 September in Joburg.

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. As Festival Director Matthew Counihan comments, “RedFest aims to pack a punch with youth-focused theatre performed by South Africa’s top actors. RedFest celebrates the community of arts and aims to assemble South Africa’s most celebrated on Redhill’s stages. All ages from 3 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 'Cloud Catcher’ (OddBody Theatre), 'Plastocracy’ (Well Worn Theatre Company), ‘Onderwereld’ (Andre Stolz Productions), ‘Rat Race’ (Well Worn Theatre Company), Space Rocks (Drama for Life), Taking Flight (Zikka Zimba/Hijinks Productions), ‘The Cradle under shade’ (Gauteng Opera) and ‘A short cut to a short life’ (National Children’s 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)" and "Naledi Theatre Award for Best Production for Young Audiences (13 – 17). The showcase has previously been hosted at the Soweto Theatre, King David Victory Park High School and the National School of the Arts.

A glimpse at the RedFest Programme

From humble (and successful) beginnings, RedFest has managed to secure some of South Africa’s hottest and most exciting talents. 2017 is no exception! RedFest will play host to the ASSITEJ SA/ Naledi showcase shows, as well as Craig Morris (Tartuffe, Jonny Boskak is Feeling Funny), James Cairns (The Snow Goose, Three Little Pigs), The National Children’s Theatre, Mncedisi Shabangu (Woza Albert, Tshepang) and many others.

With ample parking and all amenities available, RedFest 2017 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:
Tumi Moroeng
011 028 6638
083 592 1507
Related Event:
Redhill RedFest
Dates: Friday, 28th September 2018 - Sunday, 30th September 2018