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NOT WINNERS (article first published : 2002-07-16)

A special feature of this year's NOT festival (formerly the NOT the Grahamstown Festival) hosted at the Durban High School was the inclusion of a Schools Festival of Theatre created by learners from around the Durban area.

The School's Festival ran parallel to the Main Festival. There were two categories - production and monologue. The winning monologue and the winning production were both awarded trophies sponsored by Varsity College which also offered a bursary for tuition at the college to an outstanding performer at the festival.

"Varsity College is well known for its support of sporting activities but realises the need to develop the arts as well. We are thrilled to be associated with the NOT Festival and look forward to a long relationship with this exciting project. Our motto is Growing Futures and we feel that this festival shares this ideal with us," says Alistair Andrews, principal of the Durban campus.

This project has been run by Dave Magner, Jean McBean and Emma Allan of DHS. The aim is to encourage high school learners to take an active interest in theatre and encourage school groups to create new work. The overall standard was high and the adjudicators had a tough time making choices.

The winner of the best production went to The Island (Durban High School) and the best monologue (non scripted) went jointly to Scelo Mbonambi and Sean de Klerk and runner-up was Viren Naidoo (all DHS). The best monologue (scripted) went to Shelley Heffen (Maris Stella/Durban Theatre Academy) and runner up was Sihle Ngcobese (HIllcrest)




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