Theatre made of shipping containers opens in Langa

Tammy Petersen, News24

Cape Town - Built out of old shipping containers, recycled wooden fruit crates and straw and clay, the upgraded cultural hub unveiled in Langa this week is itself a work of art.

The new-look Guga S’thebe Theatre became a reality through partnerships and the use of recycled and local products, the City of Cape Town said.

The double-storey establishment was constructed out of 11 reused shipping containers stacked in a square to form a large open area in the centre, with smaller rooms around it.

Clay and straw were used for the cladding inside the containers and help to regulate the temperature in the theatre. The facade was made from old fruit crates.

“The end result is a facility that encompasses local traditions and meets the needs of the community," said mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development, Garreth Bloor.

"Being a labour intensive project, the employment of local residents and the skills transfer opportunities must be commended. Those who worked on the project have also received a work reference which will place them in good stead for future employment,” Bloor added.

The 200-seat theatre is a part of the wider Langa Cultural Precinct that intends to preserve the township’s cultural history and support creative talent, the city said.

The area is one of the oldest townships in Cape Town and attracts about 1 000 tourists each month.