Street theatre campaigns for 365 days of activism
For the national 16 Days of Activism campaign against women and child abuse that is held annually from 25 November, The Total Shutdown (TTS) movement in Knysna partnered with the SA State Theatre to create 365 Days of Street Theatre against gender-based violence, in an attempt to bring attention to the need to extend the 16 Days campaign to a year-round priority media crusade.
The launch was on Saturday 1 December and TTS members and the public gathered outside Pick n Pay where they re-enacted a play by awardwinning dancer, choreographer and deputy artistic director of the State Theatre, Mamela Nyamza’s I Stand Corrected, which explores corrective rape and recounts the events surrounding the marriage of a queer, cross-continental, interracial couple and details their fight for the right to love each other as equal citizens of democracy.
Earlier this year, on 1 August, the TTS movement submitted a list called 24 Demands to president Cyril Ramaphosa, and during these 16 Days of Activism campaign they are highlighting demand number 23 on their list, which calls for a sustained media campaign for 365 days by all government departments led by the government’s communication and information system.
People from the Garden Route can look out for more street theatre and those who wish to take part can contact Candice Ludick on 060 715 3607.
From left: Selogadi Mampane of The Total Shutdown, Mamela Nyamza of South African State Theatre (SAST) and Candice Ludick also of TTS.