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KZN SCHOOLS FEST (article first published : 2007-03-25)

Teenagers from all over KZN are getting ready to gobble up a mouth-watering arts feast at the 2007 KwaZulu Natal Schools Festival of English, Drama and the Arts, happening on March 28 and 29.

From Ballito to Ixopo and a dozen other areas, Grade 11’s and their teachers are preparing to converge on the beautiful campus of Hilton College for this intense two-day arts education experience.

This year, lucky delegates will enjoy a veritable smorgasbord of shows, including Gumbo, South Africa’s first ever full-length production featuring deaf and hearing performers together on stage. This ground-breaking modern fairytale had a thousand teens enthralled at the Western Cape Schools Festival in February as they experienced integrated theatre for the first time ever.

Also on the line-up are legendary theatre duo Andrew Buckland and Lionel Newton in Feedback, the wacky tale of food that’s literally revolting; Tin Bucket Drum, featuring Ntando Cele and Mafikizolo’s Wake Mahlobo supporting her on percussion; Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkhwane in The Hungry, and UBOM’s gorgeous young performers bringing poetry to explosive life in Rhythm Rebellion.

Learners will also get hands-on with the arts in interactive workshops. They may choose to create their own dramas, express themselves through drawing or dance, discover where writers get their inspiration from, or explore sign language with the makers of Gumbo.

Dynamic actress Welile Tembe will get things off to a soaring start with a keynote address at the opening.

So there’s a taste of almost everything in this event – and organisers hope it will get the province’s young people coming back for more of South African art way into the future.

More information from Hilton College Theatre on 033 383 0126.




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