On Friday, 1 May 2015, winning youth groups from the Eden and Cape Winelands regions will have the chance to showcase their talent as part of the annual Suidoosterfees.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) organised the Eden/Cape Winelands drama festivals during 2014. In March this year, the winners and runners-up of these festivals had the opportunity to perform at the Baxter theatre as part of the Zabalaza festival. They will now compete against each other to see who comes out tops. The participating groups are Vangnet from Bonnievale with their show “Afvlerk” , Team Bring It from Worcester with their production “Unlocked Cages”, Hessequa HLC from Heidelberg with “ It’s my Freedom not Mandela’s” and New Age Production from George with their production “Blomme vir Oulaas”.
All of these productions were developed through a departmental programme, which saw these young actors received professional skills training in script writing, directing and character training, as well as production development from theatre professionals such as Abduraghmaan Adams, Stuart Palmer, Ntombi Makutshi, Sizwe Msutu and Thami Mbongo. This resulted in some of these youth being given the opportunity to showcase productions on a professional stage during a professional drama festival.
These productions will be showcased on Friday 1 May 2015 at the Artscape Arena Hall from 12:00 untill 13:00 and then continue from 15:00 untill 18:00. Entry to this showcase is free to the public as its an opportunity for Cape Town to see the talents of these rural emerging artists. The winning production will be given the opportunity to showcase their production again on Sunday 3 May 2015 at 14:00 at the Artscape Arena Hall where all proceeds of the day will go directly to the winning production as a prize presented by the Suidoosterfees. Tickets for the winning production are R40.