If you’re at all interested in the Joburg theatre scene, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time at the iconic Market Theatre in Newtown. You’ll probably also love the Market Theatre Buzz, a beautifully designed, informative publication put out by the Market Theatre Foundation.
The latest issue talks about many things that are close to our hearts, including partnership, books, community development, music and, of course, upcoming productions at the theatre itself.
Download the latest issue of The Market Buzz (PDF)
A little bit of history from the Market Theatre website:
The Market Theatre was founded in Johannesburg in 1976 by Mannie Manim and the late Barney Simon. It was constructed out of Johannesburg’s Indian Fruit Market, which was built in 1913. The theatre went on to become internationally renowned as South Africa’s “Theatre of the Struggle”.
The Market Theatre challenged the apartheid regime, armed with little more than the conviction that culture can change society. The strength and truth of that conviction was acknowledged in 1995 when the theatre received the American Jujamcyn Award. In providing a voice to the voiceless, The Market Theatre did not forego artistic excellence, but, rather, made a point of it. Its twenty-one international and over three hundred South African theatre awards bears eloquent testimony to the courage and artistic quality of its work.
During the past four decades, The Market Theatre has evolved into a cultural complex for theatre, music, dance and the allied arts. Today, The Market Theatre remains at the forefront of South African theatre, actively encouraging new works that continue to reach international stages.