Velvet Spine, founded in 2014 by Nicole Fortuin and Koleka Putuma, aims to be recognized for works exploring contemporary narratives that are relevant, accessible, innovative and thought-provoking. The company utilizes various aspects of theatre which include physical theatre, applied theatre, community theatre, cabaret and performance art. Velvet Spine aims to create work that is adaptable to various performance spaces and an array of audiences.

A long term objective is to become a respected and sustainable South African theatre company, lead proudly by two up-and-coming female artists.

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The Papercut Collective was formed by the 2014 graduating class of UCT Theatre Makers as a company of young theatre practitioners geared towards the creation of new work.

 When working together as The Papercut Collective, the vivid differences in each member’s aesthetic and talents make for theatre that is bold, dynamic and exciting.


Members of the Collective (left to Right)

Kathleen Stephens. Callum Tilbury. Koleka Putuma (top). Alex McCathy (bottom).  Jason Jacobs

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Lingua Franca Is a poetry movement rooted in the diverse community of Delft. This was a vision by Mawande Manez Sobethwa, Ncedisa Jargon Mpemnyama, Lwanda Sindaphi and Mbongeni Nomkonwana to help enhance their gift of putting words together.

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