The Bonfire schools project is aimed at youth in the Cape Flats. The purpose is to create spaces where young people can have the opportunity to tell the stories of their lives, to develop a sense of agency and confidence and ultimately to find ways of transforming the way they see and understand those stories using theatre.This project aims to give young people a place to find their voices, to feel heard, to tell their stories and look at them from a different perspective, and hopefully to create new narratives for their lives which will enable them to make constructive choices.
The process involves working with the students over a number of weeks to develop improvisation and storytelling skills. The process culminates with a Bonfire performance involving the students.
In 2011 the Bonfire Theatre Project had the opportunity to travel to Swaziland to attend the Bushfire Schools Festival. Six members of Bonfire ran workshops and shows at the Festival, which was themed “Finding our Voices”. Click here to see a video clip from the Festival.