Creative Storytelling project

Investigative journalists' stories come to life through theatre

I was in Cape Town during the week before Freedom Day (27 April) to evaluate two of the projects that emerged from a Creative Storytelling Workshop initiated by the Open Society Foundation.  Investigative journalists who produced work on the theme of corruption and creatives met to discuss how creatives may interpret the journalists' stories and take them to broader audiences than those who read newspapers or news websites.  Seven projects arose from this, six of them theatre pieces.  The pieces I saw in Cape Town were produced by Lwanda Sindaphi and Bulelani Mabutyana (on the Life Esidimeni scandal) and Neil Coppen (on the corrupt allocation of public land to private developers in the Western Cape).  Both were excellent.