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This year’s programme features more women in an effort to amplify female voices in the theatrical, performing and visual arts. This year’s National Arts Festival – which runs from 2 to 12 July – not only features a number of strong and visible women in most genres, but also numerous productions and exhibitions that interrogate and question fixed thinking in relation to gender more broadly.

To mark the 20th anniversary of legendary South African theatre-maker Barney Simon’s passing, the Baxter Theatre Centre is restaging his riveting docudrama ‘Born in the RSA’ in Grahamstown this year.

Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof, with Andrew Buckland and Toni Morkel, directed by Sylvaine Strike, at the Baxter this May and June

Magnet Theatre presents 3 brand new works and an exhibition of a professional stage design project. This program has been developed with the 3 Expanded Public Works Program interns who have been with Magnet Theatre since August 2014.

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