Artscape joins hands with the Suidoosterfees to present High School Drama Festival
26 August 2021
Artscape has joined hands with the Suidoosterfees to bring you an even more prestigious High School Drama Festival in October.
Six dramas will be selected for the High School Drama Festival to be staged in the Arena at Artscape on October 8 and 9, 2021. There will also be an awards ceremony at the end of the festival to acknowledge the best actors, directors and writers of the dramas. The winning drama will get another chance to perform to the public at the Suidoosterfees in April/May 2022.
Professor Brian Figaji, chairman of the Suidoosterfees Board said “It is exciting for us to partner with Artscape on this project as the Suidoosterfees already has a huge focus on development programmes and we see this as another way to support and grow younger talents and develop young theatre makers.”
“The aim is to give learners a platform to voice their creativity, views and social concerns through drama on a professional stage to a captive audience. The opportunity broadens their horizons by experiencing the magic of live theatre while also enabling them to obtain theatre discipline and etiquette,” says Marlene le Roux, Artscape CEO.
Schools could choose their own theme that speaks about the social challenges they face daily to showcase their talent. All entrants had to submit a synopsis and motivation for the theme and were required to prepare a 30 to 60-minute original production based on their own interpretation of the theme. A 10-minute extract taken from the play had to be presented in an audition video. As only a maximum of six actors are allowed on stage in the Arena due to COVID-19 regulations, all dramas may therefore not have more than six cast members.
The successful schools will be announced soon.