Through Our Eyes directed by Thando Doni | Photo: Simone Tavares
OY! Theatre (Obs Youth Theatre), is a performance-based neighbourhood theatre company for young people between the ages of 12 (Grade 7) and 18 years. The company meets weekly on a Monday and Friday evenings. Run by a dynamic group of professional theatre makers, OY!Theatre is a place of deep experiential learning that gives young people an opportunity to engage with all aspects of performance that include team work, group and individual responsibility, character development, design for stage, publicity and real time fundraising campaigns. This is what making theatre, in all its facets, is about.
Since 2018, OY!Theatre has presented:
DNA, written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Jaqueline Dommisse (2018)
OY's Line is it Anyway, an improvisation performance facilitated by Megan Choritz (2018)
Through Our Eyes, created with the company and directed by Thando Doni (2018 and 2019)
Holloway Jones, written by Evan Placey and directed by Thembela Madliki (2019)
Tusk, created with the company and directed by Rosa-Karoo Loewe (2019)
Love and Information, written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Jaqueline Dommisse and Caroline Calburn (2021)
The Children's Monologues, created by Dramatic Need and directed by Lesego Chauke (2021 and 2022)
Spoken Well, an evening of poetry curated by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana (2022)
Tweet Tweet Bang Bang, written by Jasmine-Lee Jones and directed by Dara Beth (2023)
In 2019, Through Our Eyes was performed at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda, giving the company an incredible experience of touring a production and participating in a national festival.
In 2022, The Children's Monologues won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda.
Love and Information, written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Jaqueline Dommisse and Caroline Calburn | Photo: Simone Tavares
Through Our Eyes at National Arts Festival 2019 | Photo: Mark Wessels
Tusk directed by Rosa-Karoo Loewe | Photo: Tarryn Naude
Holloway Jones written by Evan Placey and directed by Thembela Madliki | Photo: Simone Tavares