When it was announced that the Soweto Theatre would finally open its doors on Africa Day, 25 May 2012, I couldn’t wait to go and when it was also announced that one of my favourite African artists, Salif Keita, would be performing at the theatre on the same weekend – well, I just had to go.
The theatre is right behind the busy Jabulani Mall and boasts a main venue with 420 seats, two smaller black box venues with 180 and 90 seats and an outdoor covered plaza.
The sound quality inside the theatre is truly amazing and it felt like I was in my room listening to Salif Keita on CD rather than from a balcony in a theatre.
Soweto Theatre has a jam-packed line-up for the month of June which will be dedicated to the youth. There will be a series of workshops hosted by the SA Comedy Academy and Zakes Bantwini will be performing on Youth Day - 16 June 2012.
A walkway bridge inside the theatre
Outdoor covered plaza
The Soweto Theatre
Outside the theatre
A view of the plaza from inside
Looking inside from the outside
Great architecture and design
A façade of the theatre
The Soweto Theatre from a distance
Salif Keita and I