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Gonubie High wins best production at Drama Fest

Gonubie High School won the best stage production while a Victoria Girl's High School pupil scooped the best performer prize at the 10th Alexander Playhouse Drama Festival last week.

The two high schools dazzled the audience with their interesting plays on Thursday and Friday night under the guidance of acting veterans Fezile Mpela and Deon Opperman. Gonubie’s Our ritual, directed by Pieter Taljaard, is about two young men who share a passion for fishing, and that is just about all they have in common. They deal with hate and prejudice throughout their journey of self-discovery. The play, a musical, exposed the singing and dancing talents of the youngsters from Gonubie.

“I think the kids really outdid themselves and they took the work shop they had this morning with Fezile so well. He opened their minds and showed them how brilliant they can be and tonight they unlocked that greatness and I am really proud,” said Taljaard.

Victoria Girls High School performed “Sorry, wrong number” directed by Chad Emslie. The play is about an old and sickly woman who overhears a telephonic conversation about a plan to murder an innocent person. She makes a lot of calls in an attempt to catch the people planning the murder. The play is a modern-day commentary on the service delivery in certain parts of South Africa. Although it is a dramatic play, the audience could not help but laugh throughout the whole play.

Zukhanye Nkomana’s lead role in the play stood out as she was awarded the R5 000 cash prize for Best Performer. “I believe I am naturally funny because people always say I am. I have never won this much money and I am really happy, I am going to do my hair and take my friends out for lunch,” said Nkomana.

Award winning actor, Fezile Mpela was one of the judges at the festival and had worked with the students earlier on Saturday to help them improve their performances. “It was a pleasure to work with the learners, what we did was to make them realise how you can move from an amateur perspective to a potential profession with the help of a professional producer, performer or actor,” said Mpela.

The festival gives drama teachers and learners the opportunity to showcase and improve their talent.


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