Opportunity beckons at Market Theatre for Kwasha company for talented actors

By CityLife Arts Writer

KwaSha Theatre Company, launched in 2018 by the Market Theatre Laboratory and the Windybrow Arts Centre, is looking for exceptional performing arts graduates to join the company in 2023. The purpose of the company is to serve as a bridge between graduates’ education and their professional careers. It provides guaranteed employment as a performer/theatre-maker for ten months and offers the opportunity to gain professional work experience and the space to learn and practise business skills. This is achieved through a programme of exciting and varied creative projects and collaborations, resulting in a repertoire of live and digital performances created by the company over the year. Included in the programme is opportunities to make original work that reflects the company’s unique voices and experiences as young South Africans, as well as work that challenges the conventional norms of theatre.

In its five years, KwaSha theatre company has been nominated for six Naledi Awards for The Little PrinceRhinocerosCurrently (G)old and Won best production for incubator Theatre for Peeling Shadows, and has won a Bronze Ovation Award and Best Ensemble Award for Currently (G)old at the National Arts Festival. KwaSha has embarked on three national tours, and participated in numerous collaborations, including with the Centre for the Less Good Idea, Young Artist of the Year Jefferson Tshabalala, and Os Satyros Theatre Company (Brazil).

Two productions created by KwaSha have been invited on international tours, including to the United States. Last year, KwaSha featured in an international digital collaboration, The Art Of Facing Fear, that included performers and audience across 4 continents and 10 countries and won two international Red Curtain Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Production. They presented a new play at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre, Peeling Shadows, which was featured on the main programme of the National Arts Festival this year. This year KwaSha the 5th’s highlights include The Drowning Eye and The Kids from Amandla Street.

Adrian & Emma-Jean Galliard shot to fame in 2020 when on Easter Sunday of that year, when the world was in lockdown, the pair uploaded a video of the Andrea Bocelli/Celine Dion hit, The Prayer, to Facebook. 

The video was an instant hit, taking Adrian and then 11-year old Emma-Jean entirely by surprise. The video was uploaded to Facebook just before lunch, and by the end of the day it had 17 000 views. A few days later it was picked up by UK website, The Music Man and it quickly climbed to 6 million views.

Their sudden and unexpected fame kicked off a fairytale musical adventure complete with international acclaim and comical incidences of mistaken identity.

Accidentally Viral takes the audience on their unexpected musical journey with them as they share more of the story of how the pair went “accidentally viral.” 

The show features fan favourites including Hallelujah, Time to Say Goodbye, You Are the Reason and of course, the song that started it all, The Prayer, alongside famous Andrew Lloyd Webber hits such as Memory and Music of the Night and more, while the endearing duo share fascinating insights into their experiences along the way.

Accidentally Viral – An Unexpected Musical Journey is produced by The CoLab Network in association with AEJ Music.

Written and directed by Kirsty Galliard, with musical direction by Kevin Greenberg, the show runs at 70 minutes with no interval.

It will delight both young and old alike with its beautiful music and compelling storytelling alongside the pair’s trademark banter.

“After sold out performances at both The Redhill Arts Festival and The Hilton Arts Festival 2022 we are happy to be performing again in Joburg at this hidden gem of a theatre,” says Adrian.

“We’ve had such fantastic audiences so far this year, and we are excited to be able to stage the show again in Johannesburg for all those who may have missed the Redhill Arts Festival,” Emma-Jean (now 13) explains. 

Following #RedFest2022 and #HiltonArtsFestival, Accidentally Viral will have two performances at Theatre in the Park in December and has already been booked for several other performances around the country.

Why not make an afternoon or evening of it (depending on which show you book) by going through earlier to enjoy the pre-show entertainment, lunch / dinner, and drinks from their bar, sitting under the trees at Theatre in the Park, before the show begins.

View their delectable offerings on the website, which can either be pre-ordered and paid for with the tickets to save time on the day, otherwise purchase at the theatre upon arrival.

The venue opens 2 hours before each show – opening at 2pm for the matinee and 6pm for the evening show.

Co-Producer Collett Dawson of The CoLab Network concludes; “It is heartwarming as a producer to see the incredible response Accidentally Viral receives each and every time its staged, no matter where in the country. 

Along with AEJ Music, I am thrilled we were able to heed the Jozi fans’ requests for more shows. It’ll be a wonderful way to end the year on a high in the city before the duo hits the road, and while we plan for an even bigger 2023 for the duo!” 

 Accidentally Viral is on stage at Theatre in the Park, situated at the Environmental Centre in Delta Park in Victory Park, Randburg, for two shows only; Saturday 3rd December at 16h00 & 20h00 Tickets are just R180 and available for booking online at Theatre in the Park’s Website at https://theatreinthepark.co.za/tickets/

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