The Rainbow Academy Class of 2018 is presenting the award winning South African hit musical SARAFINA!

SARAFINA!, an ode to the lives of our fallen youth, who through their struggle, fought for equality in education during the 1976: Soweto youth uprising, is the ideal vehicle to showcase the immense talent amongst some of the best and brightest young people of today.

The well-loved and iconic musical written and composed by legendary Dr Mbongeni Ngema with additional songs by the late struggle icon Hugh Masekela is given a fresh new life in this latest production that marks the school’s first official production at a public theatre.

The youthful cast, made up of the Rainbow Academy graduating class of 2018, bring to the stage the full power and vibrance of the initial production that was designed especially for a young cast. Having young people who have lived through their own struggle for education brings a new poignancy to this production.

The Rainbow Academy strives to educate empower and employ disadvantaged youth, and through their own personal struggles for education, the students show the importance of remembering our history, and to celebrate the youth and to empower them to strive for a better future.

To that end, the proceeds from the ticket sales of all the shows will contribute towards the fees for the incoming Rainbow Academy students of 2019.

The official Opening Night takes place on January 30 2019 with daily matinees and evening performances through February 2. Schools across Cape Town are encouraged to attend the matinees on January 30, January 31 and February 1 and can receive discounted group bookings.

Schools can contact [email protected] for bookings.

The Rainbow Academy is a nonprofit School of Performing Arts and Business with the aim of nurturing talent, educating young people, and addressing youth unemployment in the performing arts and creative industries.  

Event information:

Directed by: Imke du Toit

Conductor/Musical direction by: Wesley Wolhuter

Choreography by: WeDfy Entertainment

Ticket prices and details:

– 4 Matinee shows at 2pm daily: R60

– 5 Evening shows: R100

– Scholars (13 – 18 years): Evening shows at R50 and Matinee at R40

– Students (18 and over with valid student IDs): Evening shows at R70 and Matinee at R50

Pensioners: Evening shows at R70 and Matinee at R50

Block bookings of 10 or more people get a discounted rate at R80 a ticket.


Picture: The Rainbow Academy/Facebook


Date: January 30
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: RR40 - R100


Artscape Theatre
D.F. Malan St, Foreshore
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
Phone: +27 (0) 21 410 9800
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