The Cape Town Edge
The Cape Town Edge (CTE) is a collective of professional independent theatre companies and/or theatre makers, with the main objective of creating a tour-able platform that showcases a programme of cutting edge performance originating from Cape Town. Initiated by FTH:K and Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective, it was formed in 2007 to overcome some of the difficulties small-scale, independent theatre companies face when presenting work at festivals and venues around South Africa.
Not only does it encourage an ethos of collaboration but also offers sponsors the chance to support a number of productions through one grant rather than having to choose between equally deserving projects. The emphasis of the Cape Town Edge has called for a shift of focus from individual companies or productions to a collective venture that enhances the value and impact of each production under an umbrella structure.
This significantly promotes Cape Town independent theatre by pooling resources in terms of pre-production, funding, administration, co-ordination, transport, and technical needs; all while taking care of that vital ingredient - the audience.
Since co-founding the initiative and running it for 4 years, FTH:K and Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective have since handed over the running of the CTE to a new group of theatre warriors. Contact Jon Keevy for more information.
"Cape Town Edge, a collection of professionally produced edgy (like the title suggests) mother city theatre, puppet and dance companies sharing the same venue, is back for a second year at Princess Alice Hall, in African Street, with its own mini-festival. Promises to remain the hottest ticket in town for buzz and bonhomie."
"Cape Town has shouldered aside a space for homegrown values at the bustling National Arts Festival in Grahamstown"
"...there are initiatives such as the Cape Town Edge, which has taken what was a generic theatre venue and turned it into an attraction" - Chris Thurman
"For the second year, Cape Town Edge provided a heartbeat on the fringe with pre-selected stunners..."
"Cape Town Edge [are] clever people"