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Hillbrow Theatre Project

The Hillbrow Theatre Project was established in 1999 and presently offers an after-school program for school going children and youth who reside or attend schools in the inner-city areas of Johannesburg, a dance program in partnership with Johannesburg Ballet, Vuyani Dance Theatre and independent dance teachers and choreographers and an artist-in-schools programme in partnership with the Market Theatre Laboratory and Rand Merchant Bank. In 2014 we celebrated our 10th Inner-City High Schools Drama Festival which provides a platform for new works created by high school learners. 

The Hillbrow Theatre Community Centre, home to the Hillbrow Theatre Project, is a unique space that incorporates 5 practice spaces, a dance studio as well as the Hillbrow Theatre itself. The centre comprises a 368-seater theatre built in the 1970’s, which is equipped with a film projector, a sound system and lighting rig. These spaces have been rendered safe environments for learners of all ages to engage with the performing arts in a meaningful way.

We invite artists to collaborate in our space to inspire a new generation within our vibrant neighbourhood and beyond.

Notable collaborations of recent years include FairPlay (2010, 2012), A Very Strong Present (2011) and The Donkey Child (2014)For more info visit the Hillbrow Theatre Project on Facebook or contact Gerard Bester at

A Project of the Lutheran Community Outreach Foundation

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