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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.

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