This group of adult women on the Nagenoeg farm was part of a project which started in the mid-nineties. The aim was to educate people on HIV/AIDS, the misuse of alcohol and abuse of women and children. Drama-in-education was the method that was applied. The Pretty Ladies are now operating independently, organising their own shows, productions and finances. The group was invited to perform at the Spier Country Estate, KKNK and on Die Braak in Stellenbosch.
Drama classes were presented to the workers of the Delheim farm in 2005 and 2006 and several shows were performed in 2005 and 2006 at different venues by this theatre group.
The Klein Libertas Theatre taught drama classes to 2 groups of children in Kayamandi in 2006. In 2007 one of these groups continued on their own and the other group continued under the leadership of Stellenbosch Gemeente. Community drama groups from Kayamandi and Khayelitsha in partnership with the Klein Libertas Theatre increased form 3 in 2006 to 18 in 2012. Community Drama Projects from 2006-2012 (Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Heavenly Shepherds, Delheim Theatre Group, Youth in Action, Bapa Theatre Productions, Khula Theatre Company, African Tales, Makukhanye Entertainment Art Group, Ntantala Group, Thebang Art Development, Masilandendule, Better Life, Ithemba Youth Development, Iselwa Lesizwe Theatre Company, Imbavula Theatre Company, Makupula Secondary School, Reaching for Stars, African Angels Drama Organisation, Yembe Ridem, Ubuhlanti Theatre Productions, Future Line Arts Academy, Manyanani) did community theatre productions at the theatre to show-case their work – since 2008 four groups have been led to independence.
This project started in 2007 in collaboration with BAPA THEATRE PRODUCTIONS and was so popular in Khayelitsha that it was extended to Stellenbosch. The Klein Libertas Theatre had an overwhelming interest from youth dance groups for this project and would like to provide a yearly occasion where dance groups in and around Stellenbosch can come to participate as there is no opportunity for the groups to showcase their work. The theatre found it essential to offer an opportunity where the groups could participate to motivate them to improve their skills on a continuous base but this project was discontinued because of lack of funding.
The Masilandendule dance group performing at the Klein Libertas Theatre Youth Dance Project in 2008
An occasion where upcoming artists had the opportunity to perform with established artists. Advice was given and opinions were shared on a continuous base by the experienced artists. HARDOP was held 3 times a year from 2006-2009 and was sponsored by Distell from 2007-2008. HARDOP was part of the University of Stellenbosch’s WOORDFEES in 2008 but the programme could not continue due to lack of funding.