Young and new talent take to the stage at school’s drama festival
15 August 2019
The annual Logan Toneelfees in Fraserburg is billed as South Africa’s oldest and biggest schools’ drama festival and draws schools from across the country.
This year Western Cape schools stole the spotlight with their excellent playwriting, directing, acting and technical support.
Laerskool Bastion won in all three categories for primary schools: best production for “Nie net Verbeel(ding)”, best actor (PJ Venter) and best actress (Linday Laurent).
Tygerberg High School’s “Meisie met môre in haar oë” won best production and best directing. Themelios Demas won best senior actor for the same production.
Tygerberg’s Hano Groenewald won best actor in a supporting role for “In die duister and deurmekaar”. The production also won best ensemble and best newly written text.
The excellent lighting, sound, props, set design and costumes of Parel Vallei High School’s production “Vlug” saw them walk away with top honours for technical support.
Paul Roos Gymnasium clinched the ATKV Prize for creative use of Afrikaans in the production “Hadedas drink nie Coke nie”.
Pionier School with “Hamlet” won the Logan Prize for a production that performed excellent in the face of challenges.
“It is a team effort to stage a production,” said Gerhard Visagie, the festival chairperson. “Some of the productions are truly top quality and it is really professional work that will be at home on any professional stage.”