Magnet Theatre’s Full-Time Training and Job Creation Programme is a 2-year programme for “youth who for one reason or another struggle to be absorbed into the training at the University”. The programme aims “to bridge the divide between the community and the University. Where this is not possible, it is to provide skills, expertise and a sense of direction to talented, marginalised young people so that they might become employable in the creative industries. The broad intention is of transforming the theatre industry from one that is white dominated to one that is more inclusive” (more information on the programme can be found here).
In June 2017, Magnet hosted a reunion braai for past and present trainees. This was a fantastic opportunity for alumni to remember, and celebrate, their time on the course, and to share their career successes with younger cohorts.
The video below showcases some of the incredible talent on display, whilst the photos that follow demonstrate the sense of family that Magnet endears in its training community.
Some of the footage and photos were captured by current Magnet Theatre trainees who had attended a short series of workshops on documentation delivered by Dialogue.
The Full-Time Training and Job Creation Programme receives support from TK Foundation, Rand Merchant Bank, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, Hosken Consolidated Investments Ltd Foundation, Rolf-Stefan Nussbaum Foundation, Ampersand Foundation, Potjie Foundation, Business Arts South Africa, Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports Expanded Public Works Programme, Joan St Leger Lindbergh Charitable Trust, and Distell.
© Dialogue Community Performance / Magnet Theatre