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Collection Index:MARKET THEATRE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, 2014-2015
Collection Name:MARKET THEATRE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, 2014-2015
AG3406 MARKET THEATRE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, 2014-2015   
    
 Copyright 2016, Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa   
    
    
 17 interviews, MSWord and audio files   
    
 INTRODUCTION   
    
 The Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg, was founded in 1976 by Mannie Manim and Barney Simon. It was housed in what used to be Johannesburgs Indian Fruit Market, built in 1913.   
 The Market Theatre became an icon of the struggle against Apartheid since its inception in 1976. The practitioners that worked there between the years 1976 and 1994 were actively involved in the struggle against Apartheid, and much of the work that was developed and performed then was Struggle Theatre. This then in its entirety forms a very important part of South African history, and documents work that was written and performed in the light of cultural boycotts at the time. Any archive that exists on The Market Theatre that includes activities over these years serves as both theatre archive and Apartheid archive.   
 The archives that exist at present are housed in various places across the country. These include the Wits Historical Papers, The Star Newspaper, NELM and the State Theatre archive. It has been recognized that there is no comprehensive and complete archive on The Market Theatre that covers the years mentioned above, and this is a serious gap in historical recording of knowledge in South Africa. This project proposed filling that gap by initially establishing what is missing in the various existing archives, negotiating with custodians of said archives in order to possibly bring original material together under one roof or to make copies of this material. The project also aimed at conducting interviews across the country with practitioners who worked at The Market Theatre during that time in order to compile a living memory that will be included in the archive, before this valuable knowledge is lost.   
 This archive will enable those researchers, academic or otherwise, to access knowledge on the art of that era, information on Apartheid and the arts, and The Market Theatre in general. There is no other archive that specifically addresses performance during the Apartheid era. It is thus vitally important that this history is readily available to anyone who might need to access it. It is also imperative that this history is recorded before it is lost. Innovation lies in the content of the archive.   
 The project, which was managed by Vanessa Cooke, due to the depth of her institutional knowledge of the history of the Market Theatre, was supervised by Cynthia Kros, at the time Professor of Heritage Studies in the Faculty of Humanities, and assisted by Carol Prestons.   
    
    
 Reference is made to collection AG3005 Market Theatre Foundation.   
    
    
INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS   
    
A1 Andrew Buckland, Rhodes University, 8 July 2014, 00:26:31   
A2 Arthur Molepo, University of the Witwatersrand, 9 May 2014, 00:21:22   
A3 Fatima Dike, Market Theatre, 2 October 2014, 00:41:27   
A4 Janice Honeyman, Johannesburg Theatre, 7 November 2014, 01:16:27   
A5 John Ledwaba, outside the Dance Factory, 24 April 2014, 00:47:15   
A6 Lara Foot, Grahamstown, 5 July 2014, 00:17:26   
A7 Lindsay Reardon, Rhodes University, 7 July 2014, 00:45:33   
 The transcript has not been published, but is available at Historical Papers   
A8 Lynette Marais, Monument Theatre, Grahamstown, 6 July 2014, 00:37:57   
A9 Maishe Maponya, University of the Witwatersrand, 15 April 2014, 01:12:33   
A10 Mandie van der Spuy, Parkhurst, 12 April 2014, 00:41:36   
A11 Mannie Manim, Founder of the Market Theatre   
A11.1 Mannie Manim, Market Theatre, 4 June 2014, 00:59:15   
A11.2 Mannie Manim, Market Theatre, 31 July 2015, 01:07:39   
A11.3 Mannie Manim, Market Theatre, 22 November 2014, 01:38:44   
A12 Marcel van Heerden, Bezuidenhout Valley, 28 April 2014, 01:07:47   
A13 Nadya Cohen, Orchards, 3 May 2014, 00:44:46   
A14 Paul Slabolepszy, Linden, 29 March 2014, 01:45:05   
A15 Pieter Dirk Uys, De la Creme Melville, 19 March 2015, 00:40:49   
A16 Ron Smerzcak, Melville, 21 March 2014, 00:49:28   
A17 Vanessa Cooke, GALA offices, 24 November 2014, 00:47:32