Director: Peter Court
Peter has worked in education, the creative arts and theatre for almost thirty five years, and in South Africa for over twenty five years. Much of his current work focuses on strengthening school systems through the creative arts and life orientation programmes. He is also a certified life coach, counsellor and a skilled facilitator. He continues to make theatrical work and to perform occasionally.
Peter is the Director of Creative Madness (Pty) Ltd. Creative Madness is an award-winning company with international experience in theatre and education and specialises in creating tailor-made productions, processes or curricula for the corporate, not-for-profit and education market. Creative Madness works with the Mr Price Foundation as the Creative Arts implementation partner in its National Schools Development Programme - EduRise.
Core interests: youth development, early childhood development, education and school development, coaching.
Studied: University of Plymouth (Exeter & Exmouth Campus) BA Hons. Theatre Arts + Performance & Design Arts.
Theatre Credits include: The Memory of Water, Winnie the Pooh, The Jungle Book, Aladdin, The Wizard of Oz, Jack and The Beanstalk, Snow White, The Little Shop of Horrors, Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood, Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, Noises Off, The Lady Killers, Annie, Sweeney Todd, Shrek, Puss in Boots, Cabaret, The Ladykillers, Puss in Boots, James & the Giant Peach, CAMALOT, Sylvia (KickstArt Productions)
Cabaret (KickstArt /Pieter Toerien Prods)
Fiddler on the Roof, Rainbow, Annie, Rumple Stiltskin, Sun Splinter (The Playhouse Co.)
Hamlet, The Guitar that Rocked the World, Jamaican Jam (Themi Venturas Prod)
Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, the Wiz, Can You Feel It? (The Young Performers Project)
Cliff, Elton!, Phil Collins, We salute the Beatles (Eric Hutton / The Playhouse Co)
Sinderella, Aladdin, Jack & his Big Stalk, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, A lad in Again, Jack & his Big Stalk 2, Sinderella comes Again (Adult Panto Productions)
A Mariners Tale, Rumple Stiltskin, Beauty & the Beast, Star Child, The Cage Bids, The Little Mermaid, The Sun Splinter, Blue Boy, The Golden Goose, The Others, Kaleidoscope, Tales of Terror, Drip Drop Drip, Kwa Themba (Creative Madness Co)
Television and Film: 1922 (SABC), The Black Velvet Band (Yorkshire Television), The Duchess of Duke Street (BBC) The House of Elliot (BBC)
Awards: Best Director (with Greg King) The Memory of Water DTA (2003), Best Director DTA King Kong (2004), Best Director DTA Rainbow, Best Lighting Designer DTA Desperately Seeking Prince Charming (2005), Best Costume Design (with Terrance Bray) DMTA Aladdin (2007), Best Actor (Children’s Theatre) DMTA Widow Twankie - Aladdin (2007), Best Actor in a Musical DMTA The Lion - The Wizard of Oz (2008), Best Actor (Children’s Theatre) DMTA Queen Mellissa - Snow White (2011), Best Costume Designer (with Neil Stuart Harris) DMTA Peter Pan (2009), Best Supporting Actor (with Bryan Hiles) DMTA Claud - Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood (2010), Best Actor (Children’s Theatre with Bryan Hiles) DMTA The Players - A Mariners Tale (2010), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical DMTA Heir Schultz - Cabaret (2011) Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Fler Du Cape Awards Heir Schultz - Cabaret (2012) Best Supporting Actor (Comedy with Lyle Buxton) DTA Major Courtney The Ladykillers (2013) Best Supporting Actor (Children’s Theatre) DTA Sir Grimsby – Puss in Boots (2015)
Communications assistant & Facilitator: Londiwe Ngwazi
Born and bred in KwaZulu Natal on the lower South Coast. Londiwe is very bubbly personality and caring soul with an infectious and naughty laugh. She holds a diploma in Drama studies from The Durban University of Technology, and then went onto study Radio production at eSayidi TVTET collage.
Working for Creative Madness has exposed her to working closely with schools and has renewed her interest in the South African Education system. She is a strong South African woman, dedicated to the upliftment of others, especially young girls within their community and wider society.
One of her highlights in working with Creative Madness & the Mr Price Foundation has been interacting with primary school learners, she just loved them… and they loved her!
Facilitator / Community liaison - Tongaat: Zanele Mhlongo
Zanele (Ma) has worked as a school facilitator for over 9 years. She started as a volunteer, and part of a parental involvement committee. In 2013 she was appointed as facilitator to five schools in KwaDukuza. She then worked as area manager in QwaQwa for 2 years, looking after twenty schools.
“After the program was implemented in schools there was a great improvement. We were not only able to help learners improve their marks, but we were also able to improve their self-confidence.”
The program was so inspiring to Zanele, that she started a small after school program which helps kids around her own community to explore their talents. They have now formed dance & drama groups, study groups etc.
“Over the years I have found great pleasure and satisfaction in working with teachers, learners and the community. I am looking forward to seeing the growth of this program and the great improvements that it will help the schools and learners to achieve.”
Facilitator / Community liaison - QwaQwa: Happy Kgasebe
Happy started as a Schools facilitator in 2018. Previously she has training with ‘Moving into Dance’ with Mophatong Dance Co, Johannesburg. Marketing Management at Maluti Further Education Technical College, Harrismith, and Call Centre training with Cornerstone. She has also undergone training in communication skills, negotiation and assertiveness, interview techniques and computer skills.
She describes herself as “a dedicated Creative Arts facilitator, focusing on, and assisting with innovative ways of teaching in schools, building relationships and highlighting the importance of the creative arts.”
Facilitator / Community liaison - Hammarsdale: Ajax Sosibo
Ajax studied acting at the Durban Actors studio & Public Management (N4, N5 & N6) at Coastal Tvet College (Mbumbulu, Campus)
He chose the course because it allowed him to get a better understanding of the society we live in and the different structures that govern us.
Ajax says of himself, “I am a creative. A writer by birth, I ventured into acting for the love of art, I love music more than reading, I believe that music is the closest thing to the windows of heaven because it transports the soul to the world of spirits.”
His goal is to have his own Production company, creating TV, radio & theatre, also to unroot raw talent from the rural areas and townships. His goal is to promote an independent and creative generation, so that, whatever profession they are in, they will perform, with passion.