New theatre changes landscape of Soweto
The newly constructed theatre situated in the Jabulani district of Soweto has been lauded as changing the landscape of the area and even described as being an architectural masterpiece.
The theatre, which consists of a modern three-block design, opened on May the 25th and has already attracted over 3000 visitors. They have already had two sold-out shows and more than ten production companies have approached management for stage time since opening.
To date, the theatre has seen the likes of popular musician Salif Keita, the Soweto Youth Orchestra and Es’kia Mphahlele’s the Suitcase. Mnet’s Idols is scheduled to the theatre, as well as a Women’s Day celebration in July.
Recently the theatre was awarded the social/environmental impact development prize by the South African Property Owners Association. The award recognizes the positive impact of the development on its community and surroundings. It was judged on property solutions, quality of designs and finishes, industry and community participation, community enhancement and adaptability, among others.
The theatre will be used for dance, theatre and music productions and comprises of a main venue consisting of 420 seats, and two smaller venues (aimed at growing local talent) with 180 and 90 seats each.
The theatre is part of a multi-million Rand investment in the upliftment of the Jabulani precinct, which will eventually result in the construction of a R320-million shopping mall, a provincial hospital and an expanded residential area.