Schools’ drama festival set for East London

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

The Alexander Playhouse will hold its ninth Eastern Cape High School Drama Festival on August 10, when 13 schools will compete for the Lynette Alexander Floating Trophy and prize money.

Festival coordinator Liz Gibbons said the prize money would will be sponsored by their patrons, chief adjudicators, business partners, as well as South African playwright, director and Old Selbornian Deon Opperman, and renowned theatre and television actor, Fezile Mphela who played Ike in Getroud Met Rugby.

“High schools from as far afield as Lady Grey, Komani, Aliwal North and Port Elizabeth will travel to East London on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday and will be joined by eight local high schools to take part in the preliminary round.

“Adjudicators Carol-Ann Kelleher of Algoa FM and well-known East London theatre personality George Mountjoy will choose the top six plays to go through to the final round,” said Gibbons said.

Gibbons said that On August 23 and 24, Deon Opperman and Fezile Mphela will adjudicate and select the top three productions to perform at a Gala Performance of Excellence at the Alexander Playhouse on Saturday, August 25.

The performance datesdates of performances are as follows: Friday August 10, Saturday August 11, and Thursday August 19.

“Tickets will be available at the door for R20. and drama learners are encouraged to support their schools as much as they can. The gala evening featuring the three top plays will be held on Saturday August 25, and tickets will sell for R30 at the door,” Gibbons said.

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