Cape Town high school learners have an opportunity to experience the first prescribed setwork of this year’s Artscape Inclusive Arts Programme, Krismis van Map Jacobs, currently on until the 11 March 2017 at the Artscape Theatre.
Endorsed by the Western Cape Education Department and supported by the HCI Foundation, the production is presented by Cape Heart in association with Artscape educational youth development programme that aims to promote social cohesion, good citizenship and empowerment through the arts.
The award-winning Adam Small’s Krismis van Map Jacobs touches on social issues such as unemployment and poverty – still relevant today – as well as the search for identity and forgiveness following the scars left by apartheid on the cape coloured community.
Directed by Andre Samuels, Krismis van Map Jacobs is set shortly after the forced removals from Cape Town to the Cape Flats and investigates the influence that social evils have on the community. The lead role of Map Jacobs is played by Maurice Paige (best known as Calvin in the South African TV series of Isidingo), a dreaded leader of a local gang who gets parole after serving seven years in jail.