Ukwanda Puppet and Design Company (formerly Masiphumelele Youth Development Theatre Group), established by previous members of Handspring Puppet Company, produced a play with the assistance and support of the Handspring Trust for Puppetry Arts and the CHR at UWC. Their production, entitled, Qhawe, a Xhosa Fairytale, toured to the Montagu Festival, Western Cape, in mid-August 2014 and was also performed at the Cape Town Fringe. Qhawe is a puppet show designed by Luyanda Nogodlwana who, besides his world renowned distinction as a puppet maker, is an emerging theatre-maker. The preview showings have met with huge success and the production received the Montagu Festival double gold award in 2014. The goal of Ukwanda is to take the production to theatre and puppet festivals around the world.
The CHR in the time of a global pandemic
In line with protocols introduced by government towards the prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus, the CHR suspended its public events, seminars, and general fellowship program until further notice. We wish CHR fellows, students, artists, colleagues and friends, as well as our partners and funders in South Africa and across the world much strength and compassion in these difficult times.