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Schools to compete in EC drama festival

THE Alexander Playhouse’s Eastern Cape High School Drama Festival preparations are well under way with the first round of the festival set to start next Thursday.

IN CHARACTER: Girls’ High School pupils perform their play, ‘Turbulent’, at last year’s Alexander Playhouse Eastern Cape High School Drama Festival. ‘Turbulent’ took second place Picture: SUPPLIED

Now in its eighth year, the festival has grown from strength to strength with pupils from 13 schools in the Eastern Cape competing for the prestigious Lynette Alexander floating Trophy as well as prize money this year.

High schools from as far as Ugie, Lady Grey, Queenstown and Aliwal North will travel to East London where they will be joined by eight local high schools including Selborne College, Hudson Park and Gonubie high schools for the first round.

Adjudicators Carol-Ann Kelleher of Algoa FM and George Mountjoy, well known East London theatre personality, will choose the top six productions to go through to the final rounds taking place from August 24 to 26.

DRAMATIC TURN

The final rounds will be adjudicated by South African playwright, director and Old Selbornian Deon Opperman and renowned theatre and television actor Fezile Mphela.

The top three productions chosen in the final rounds will perform at the Gala Performance of Excellence at the Alexander Playhouse on Saturday August 26 at 6pm.

Tickets for the gala performance will be on sale at the door at R20 per person. Tickets for the preliminary and final rounds will be available at the door for R10 for the duration of the festival.

“We encourage drama learners to support their schools, as much can be learnt from watching the plays and listening to the adjudication which follows,” Festival co-ordinator Liz Gibbons said.

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