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HOMELESS and former substance abuse addicts are performing Shakespeare recitals today thanks to Johannesburg Awakening Minds which was started in 2010.
The group has attracted national and international recognition.
Tutored by actress Dorothy Ann Gould, Hillbrow’s homeless have found employment in the film and television industry, as well as accommodation, and have largely overcome the hurdles of drug and alcohol abuse and crime.
They have performed at Space.com, at Popart, at the Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa, at Gauteng high schools and preparatory schools, at the Arts Alive launch, the Mayor’s banquet for the Mzansi Culinary Festival, several times on Classic FM and at the Naledi Awards 2018.
They have been recorded by the BBC World Service in radio interviews and were filmed by the BBC for the commemoration of Shakespeare’s death.
They have garnered recognition from as far afield as Denmark and the Globe Theatre in London.
The performance is in the open air behind the restaurant and will include Shakespeare in English and in isiZulu, world poetry and some of the groups’ own writings.
They will have their last performance of the year this Sunday: they will be playing at Pizza e Vino restaurant in Auckland Park at 3pm. Tickets cost R80 and supporters are encouraged to arrive early in order to enjoy lunch before the show.
Please support these men at Shakespeare in the Park.