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AMFEST 2000 (article first published : 2000-05-7)

Now affiliated to IATA, the drama festival Amfest 2000 taking place at The Wits University Theatres from July 31 to August 19, has been inundated with enquiries from all over the world but because of a lack of surplus funds to provide assistance to non-resident entries for travel or accommodation, potential international entrants have had to be excluded. However, the organisers are excited at the response locally and abroad and believe that Amfest 2000 will have an "international" flavour.

Amfest’s annual one act play competition, which attracted more entries than could be catered for, includes a Solo and Variety section of poetry, music, dance and theatre productions. Before Amfest, some of the shows will have appeared at the Windybrow and Grahamstown festivals, so standards are expected to be high. Amfest organisers have tried to arrange the schedule so that all three theatres at the Wits complex will be active between August 7 and 18 and a new one-cost “roving” ticket will be introduced so that people can see as many shows as possible.

Two of the major full-length productions will be What the Butler Saw performed by the Boksburg Art and Dramatic Society and produced by Margaret Todd and a musical titled His Name is Oliver, a new South African version by Karoly Kramli of Charles Dickens’ age-old classic Oliver Twist.

The art competition is still open for entries until July 23. Open to scholars of all ages inclusive of varsity level, the broad theme is Theatre in 2000 and the works will be displayed during Amfest 2000. There is a prize of R1000 to be split amongst various age categories. The closing date is May 31 for entries to Amfest’s new South African one act play writing competition. This category also carries a prize of R1000 and, if possible, the play will be performed as an enacted reading during the festival and hopefully be staged in 2001.

More details from Noel Mcdonald on (011) 636-2936 or 083 309-4315 or Odelle Taylorson on (011) 640-6221. Full details on http://www.artslink.co.za/amfest




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