South Africa's performing arts industry will gather this weekend to celebrate excellence in theatre at the 53rd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.
These annual awards are seen as one of the most prestigious recognitions in the theatre-making scene.
The event will take place on Sunday 18 March at 17h30 at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town.
Melanie Burke, the chairperson of the Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards, says there has been an incredible energy in South African theatre over the past year.
It's about recognition for the craft.— Melanie Burke, Chairperson of the Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards
The awards create acceptance that this [theatre industry] is real work.— Melanie Burke, Chairperson of the Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards
She discusses the new categories that have been added to the awards, including Best Ensemble cast.
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