Thanks to funding received from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) Jungle Theatre Company has embarked on a training programme from February this year. Read about the audition here.
The aim of the programme is to empower South African youth by creating an opportunity to develop themselves as individuals; connect with African culture and the wonder of nature, provide them with theatre and entrepreneurial skills that will deal with issues in their communities. Through this learning process they will not only be able to help themselves by finding income generating opportunities, but they will also be role-models to younger generations.
The training involves theatre making for children of various ages: improvisation, puppets, masks, music, dance and developing original work based on African folktales. It includes monitoring & evaluation, arts administration and how to become a professional.
The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.