Thespians in the province are bustling with excitement as the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (Pacofs) has come alive again. More plays and shows are being showcased at the theatre once again.
Artistic manager, Wits Lesenyeho, described the excitement as a vibe. “Pacofs has been going through a restructuring process, and have created a new strategic direction. There will be plenty of shows coming up in the future, focusing on great quality productions.”
Lesenyeho said that while selecting the various shows, they wanted to provide Free State artists with the opportunity to showcase their work. “About 98 percent of our internal productions will be Free State based. We have been running a lot of training and workshops around the province, and we have employed professionals to conduct them, so there is plenty of quality work that is coming.”
He said they are also looking into diversification. “We want to create an artistic programme that speaks to our communities, providing more local stories and content. We currently have a show called The Gang coming up, written and directed by Jacky Moshane.
“We are also partnering with institutions like the UFS, who is currently doing a production of Dreamgirls. We have partnered with one of the gospel artist from the Free State, Mohlomi, who will be presenting a gospel show this coming weekend. We are also bringing back Sesotho comedy, which was very successful in the past,” said Lesenyeho.
And with regards to funding, Lesenyeho said they are helping the producers as much as they can. “They don’t pay for the venue, the only thing is just to get the overhead costs from our side through the ticket sales, but we also add funds where we can, to assist them in bringing their productions to life.” “Looking at where we come from going forward, it’s safe to say that our artists can be optimistic.”