Is theatre in South Africa dying?

An article by The Star Newspaper’s Tat Wolfen called Quo Vadis Theatre?, sparked an interesting debate in the World of Arts . In the article Wolfen asks whether theatre has died. He blames immigration and poorly placed theatres as part of the problem.

CapeTalk’ s Africa Melane (standing in for John Maytham) speaks to Tony Lankester, CEO of National Arts Festival who says that the assumptions Wolfen makes in the article are wrong.

Wolfen, (in the article) points out three factors that are putting the industry at jeopardy: traditional audiences immigrating, crime in South Africa being too high and that young people have lost interested in theatre.

Lankester speaks about theatre plays that are currently showing in Cape Town such as the Fringe festival and Orpheus in Africa and he says they are doing very well proving that theatre is certainly not dying.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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