Responding to the psycho-social needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community

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The Gay & Lesbian Network established a drama group in July 2009 with volunteers managing the group. The Network adopted community theatre as a means of creating awareness of LGBTI issues in a safe environment. The group performs at various workshops and events of the  organisation and its partners. The group comprises of young men and women , between the ages 18 – 25 who are mostly unemployed or studying.

The Rainbow Theatre Company was established in July 2009, with volunteers of the Gay & Lesbian Network managing the group. The Gay & Lesbian Network adopted community theatre as a means of creating awareness of LGBTI issues in a safe environment. The group performs at various workshops and events of the organisation and its partners. They also perform at anti-bulling campaigns at local schools.  The group comprises of young men and women, between the ages 18 – 25 who are mostly unemployed or studying.

The Rainbow Theatre Company is a member of the South African Community Theatre Association (SANCTA) and the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA). They participated at the SANCTA Festivals in 2010 and 2011 and were placed fourth position out of 15 theatre groups nationally at the festival in Mpumalanga in 2011.

In 2015, the Rainbow Theatre Company performed at Jomba, a contemporary dance festival run by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Creative Arts. They were the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) drama group to be part of the festival.

 

 

The Rainbow Theatre Company, a project of the Gay & Lesbian Network, performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2016. They performed “My Body, My Life, My Decisions”- a piece which looks at sexual orientation, gender identity and the prevalence of hate crimes within the South African context.

It incorporates contemporary dance, theatre, performance art and poetry to explore the stories of selected hate crimes which affect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexed (LGBTI) community in Southern Africa. Such crimes are motivated by prejudice and hate and include assault and corrective rape. There will be original images of well-known cases of such hate crimes to give voice to those victims and survivors who have been silenced. It is directed by Thobeka Bhengu and choreographed by Thobeka Bhengu and Smangaliso Mnguni, both of whom will also be performing.