Barefeet Theatre

Barefeet Theatre produces a range of creative art performances. Members of the group are former street children who now work in various roles within the group. Barefeet Theatre uses theatre, art, dance, music and creative writing to educate and support the development of children at risk of becoming disengaged from their communities into physically healthy, cognitively, and socially competent young people. Its award-winning performance company is the income-generating wing of the organisation.

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Cinemas and Theatre in Lusaka, Zambia

Barefeet Theatre began by running small workshops for street children. The organisation has since grown to include over 30 members in 5 cities (Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola, Kabwe and Livingstone). It is still made up of young creative artists who were formerly on the streets, but now work as artists, facilitators and managers.
  • Commissioned to write and perform new theatrical pieces
  • Made up of young creative artists who were formerly on the streets
  • Has impacted the lives of over 2,000 children and young people
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Barefeet Theatre produces, stages and performs a series of events throughout the year. Their calendar culminates in October every year with the Barefeet Festival showcasing theatrical events across the country.

You can hire Barefeet Theatre for your own event. Hire rates are negotiable and proceeds (after paying the artists) go back into Barefeet programs.

Through their performances the Barefeet Theatre group aim to communicate, engage with and support children who are most at risk of breaking away from their supporting communities. The organisation gives vulnerable children encouragement, hope and a voice, offering them an alternative to street life. Since it began in 2006, Barefeet Theatre has impacted the lives of more than 2,000 children and young people.

About Barefeet Theatre

  • Made up of young artists, formerly on the streets
  • Now work in various roles within the theatre group
  • Versatile group creating relevant and vibrant work
  • Enables children to be children
  • Encourages the discussion of important issues
  • Showcases young talent

Performances are based on

  • Issue based drama
  • Political satire

Charity in Lusaka, Zambia

Barefeet Theatre works with various partner organisations to help move street children to a safer environment. It allows the children to showcase their talent, giving them dignity and worth, whilst allowing them to be children. They also create and perform its own plays for the general public to inspire children from local communities.
  • Made up of young artists, many of whom were formerly on the streets
  • Works with partners to provide compound tours in Lusaka
  • Visit a show, commission a performance, book a compound tour, or donate
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Barefeet Theatre offers vulnerable children an opportunity to have their voices heard, giving them a channel to express themselves and discuss topics and issues that are important to them. It also provides a forum to disseminate information on important health, safety and personal development topics.

Barefeet Theatre is made up of young artists, many of whom were formerly on the streets. Some also work as facilitators and managers within the organisation. Currently, Barefeet Theatre has more than 30 members in Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola, Kabwe and Livingstone.

Barefeet Theatre encourages the versatility of its artists in creating relevant and vibrant new work. Workshop facilitators and children together produce several performances during the year, culminating in the annual ‘Barefeet Festival’ every October.

Barefeet programmes working with the children.
Barefeet Theatre also works with one of its partners to provide Compound Tours in Lusaka. Tours can be tailor made to include a market walk, traditional brew sampling and visits to a traditional healer, a local home and a Barefeet Theatre centre.

Get involved
To visit a show, commission a performance, book a compound tour, or donate. Contact Barefeet Theatre.

About Barefeet Theatre

  • Made up of young artists, formerly on the streets
  • They now work in various roles within the theatre group
  • Versatile group creating relevant and vibrant work
  • Enables children to be children
  • Encourages the discussion of important issues
  • Showcases young talent

Contact information

Address
Olympia, Lusaka, Zambia
P.O. Box
PO Box 32320, Lusaka
Email
Enquire below
Mobile
+260 979 069164
Website
http://www.barefeettheatre.org
Social
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Opening times

Mon
08:00 – 17:00
Tue
08:00 – 17:00
Wed
08:00 – 17:00
Thu
08:00 – 17:00
Fri
08:00 – 17:00