Magnet Theatre is an established award winning physical theatre company that has been operating in and out of South Africa for the past 30 years. Foregrounding the language of the body, they create sophisticated African theatre that engages with the current and historical context in Southern Africa. Directed by Mark Fleishman, Jennie Reznek, and Mandla Mbothwe, Magnet Theatre seeks to celebrate a spirit of theatrical research and to challenge participants in our activities, performers and audience, through experiences that shift bodies, assumptions, feelings, beliefs and understandings. They strive to be a moving force in the lives and minds of people. They have created a professional profile of over 35 original South African productions some of which have toured all over the world, as well as multi-layered educational processes aimed at uplifting unemployed youth and transforming communities in under -resourced parts of the Western Cape. Magnet Theatres believes that we all have a responsibility to develop a more just, free and peaceful society. They do it through teaching creativity, imagination and theatre making skills and through creating access to the theatre profession as a whole.
Magnet Theatre is supported by: TK Foundation, Rand Merchant Bank, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, HCI Foundation, HCI Community Transport Support Programme, Western Cape Government Expanded Public Works Programme, Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation, Potjie Foundation, The Joan St Leger Lindbergh Charitable Trust, Distell Foundation, Business and Arts South Africa, Ampersand Foundation, University of Cape Town, Ackerman Family Foundation and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.
Workshops and Services
- Professional touring productions for adults, teenagers and very young children.
- Fulltime Training and Job Creation Program (2 Years): bridging program for township youth for inclusion in tertiary education and employment in the theatre profession.
- Community Arts Development programs: Culture Gangs (peri–urban) and Clanwilliam Arts Project and Farm School Project (rural): meaningful occupation of youth’s time, teaching imagination, creativity, theatre making and performance skills.
- Schools interventions: Workshops and accompanying educational support materials using physical theatre to explore social issues.
Jennie Reznek (director and executive trustee)
General Contact Details:
Unit 1, Old Match factory,
Corner Lower Main and St. Michaels Road,
2 Morley Road,
Cape Town 7925