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AFTER years of an arts and theatrical drought, Soweto residents are to have a fountain to quench their thirst from.
Situated in the Jabulani CBD, The Soweto Theatre officially opens on Friday.
Jazz legend Khaya Mahlangu will perform with the Soweto Jazz Orchestra on opening night.
"This is the first step, we need more space for creative people to express themselves," he said.
The opening line-up also includes a performance of Soweto-born writer and literary critic Es'kia Mphahlele's short story The Suitcase, dramatised and directed by James Ngcobo.
The Vuyani Dance Theatre will present Isiqalo - The beginning choreographed by Gregory Maqoma and Concord Nkabinde and featuring Gloria Bosman.
"The theatre's main objective is to produce performing arts in a wide variety of genres that will stimulate discussion on a variety of challenging issues, thereby actively contributing to the vision of transforming the City of Johannesburg into a 'world-class African city'," said Soweto Theatre spokesperson Innocent Xaba.
Tickets for the opening range from R30 to R60.