The hate crime project

Description: The Hate Crime Project Tags: The Hate Crime ProjectDirected by: Dion van Niekerk and DeBeer Cloete

Script by: A brand new workshopped production

Venue: Scaena Theatre

Genre: Drama

Language: Afrikaans, English and Sesotho


Dates and times:

16 November 2017 at 19H30

17 November 2017 at 19H30

18 November 2017 at 19H30


Tickets:    R 40.00 per person

R 30.00 for students, scholars,

R 25.00 for pensioners


Bookings:  Computicket


The Hate Crime Project


Nearly two decades after the shocking murder of Mathew Shepard in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming in the United States, reports of hate crimes, discrimination and homophobic inspired violence still populate local and international newspapers.  In South Africa, hate crimes have become synonymous with attacks of xenophobia, reports of corrective rape and violence aimed at minorities that cannot be defended as politically or socio-culturally justified. 


Inspired by the groundbreaking theatre production The Laramie Project by the acclaimed playwright Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, third year drama students at the University of the Free State workshopped a brand new production which explores hate crimes in South Africa through a fictitious case of corrective rape that occurred in the small Free State town of Heilbron.  In the production, actors portray various roles which include the roles of victims, protesters, perpetrators, parents and the public.  The conclusion:  we are all affected by hate crimes, no matter which race, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality or level of formal education. 


The Hate Crime Project (in Afrikaans, English and Sesotho) is the final production of this group of graduating undergraduate students and is directed by Dion van Niekerk en DeBeer Cloete.  It debuts on the 16th of November and run until the 18th November at the Scaena Theatre on the UFS campus.  Doors close at 19:30.  Tickets are available through Computicket.     

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