Posts Tagged ‘student theatre’

Performers in Medea on 9 July 2015 at the National Arts Festival. The fresh take on Euripides’ classic tragedy aims to tell Medea’s story in a more current context, primarily intended to be relevant to women of today. (Photo: CuePix/ Amanda Horsfield)

While the efforts of the production must not go unrecognised, we found it slightly difficult to enjoy the play beyond what it was – a contemporary adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy.

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Josephine Peka and Mkhabela Thabo in Enough is Enough at the 2015 National arts Festival in Grahamstown. (Photo: CuePix/Sithasolwazi Kentane)

Several student directors – all of them women – are presenting work at this year’s Festival that deals with the complexities of gender and sexuality.

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Tessa Barlow-Ochshorn performs in Richard III in Grahamstown on 4 July 2015 at the 2015 National Arts Festival. The actors are from Tufts University Department of Drama and Dance in the US. (Photo: CUEPIX/Kate Janse van Rensburg)

The small cast performing Richard III is a talented group of young actors who slip seamlessly between characters and keep the audience engaged without a single stage change.

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Three shows kick off the Student Theatre programme today. The University of KwaZulu Natal ignites the programme with The Match Girl, a South African retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s 1845 story, “The Little Match Girl”. “The Match Girl team are looking forward to bringing something new and refreshing to our audience,” director Jessica Killerby says. “We aim to touch the hearts of audience members and leave them feeling inspired.”

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Miss Evers’ Boys has been brought to the Festival by students from the
University of Oklahoma. Photo supplied

One of the oldest festivals of its kind, the Student Theatre Festival’s line-up is at worst a mixed bag of the strange and delightful and at best a stunning promise of a strong future for South African theatre.  

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The silent scourge of intimate-partner rape and our disconnection with our personal heritage were themes that resonated strongly at the 2013 Student Theatre Festival, with the University of Cape Town and the Market Theatre Laboratory emerging as the year’s big winners.

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Moor, Rhodes University’s contribution to this year’s Student Theatre Festival, is a powerful and thought-provoking adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello.

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Things have gone awry. Amy is in jail and Mike’s in a coma.

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The annual Student Theatre Festival kicked off yesterday with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) production Fire:Burn.

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A ragtag group of society misfits, two ill-starred lovers from the great Can Themba’s literary canon and a gaggle of nosy neighbourhood gossips were the big winners at the 2012 Student Theatre Festival. This year the Festival upped the stakes in this important talent-incubator festival by offering a number of incentive awards for the nation’s students, courtesy of a sponsorship from the South African Post Office.

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