Musical tackles issues of violence

The Youth Capture cast, at back, from left, are Thembalethu Zwele, Michalen Carelse, Candice Consani, and Ayden Croy. Front: Gratia Taka, left, and Jesse Frankson, right.

Bridgetown Theatre Company is staging an interactive musical to combat violence against women and children.

Youth Capture uses a mixture of slam poetry, hip hop dance and original music. It will be staged, at no cost, at schools and colleges across the province until Friday March 20.

According to the company’s spokeswoman, Zelda Hintsa, it was performed to more than 30 000 people last year.

“Youth Capture is a 40-minute theatre production. It deals with topics or themes that are relevant to our audiences and told in a contemporary way that they can identify with,” Ms Hintsa said.

The musical will be performed in English, Afrikaans and IsiXhosa.

“After each show, we have a question-and-answer session to ascertain if the audiences understood and learnt from the show. At our 10-minutes interval during performances, we will also host a talent show where audience members can showcase their artistic talents in a two-minute work of dance, drama, and music for a chance to win a sponsored prize,” Ms Hintsa said.

The Youth Capture cast includes Thembalethu Zwele, Michalen Carelse, Jesse Frankson, Gratia Taka, Ayden Croy and Candice Consani.

“We also want to expose young people to professional theatre, especially in areas where accessibility to the established theatres is difficult due to lack of transport or finance,” Ms Hintsa said.

Schools, colleges or community groups wanting to have the production staged, at no cost, can call 082 536 3651.