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KOBUS MOOLMAN WINS (article first published : 2004-11-28)

The third PANSA Festival of Reading of New Writing came to a successful close recently with the announcement of the winners.

Kobus Moolman (KZN) was declared the jury winner for his play, Full Circle" and John Kench (W Cape) won the Audience award for Act of Morality. The winners and finalists - Fred Benbow-Hebbert (W Cape), Martin Koboekae (Gauteng) and Mike van Graan (W Cape) writing under the pseudonym of Peter September - were presented with awards at the closing ceremony. These plays were chosen from 40 scripts from around the country.

Moolman walked off with a R10,000 cash prize, a commitment from the National Arts Festival to co-produce the play at the 2005 main festival and a copy of Final Draft Scriptwriting software donated by Dr Eubulous Timothy. A poet and playwright, educator and editor, Kobus currently teaches creative writing in the Department of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.

Full Circle is a play about power, identity and change. It is strongly influenced by film, and combines elements of the thriller and of film noir in an iconoclastic display of minority white ultra-nationalism. Oom and Boetie are part of a right-wing network, plotting to overthrow the majority black government. Together with some of their comrades, they were arrested, but when the play opens they have just been released on bail. The two men look to Meisie to provide them with a sign that will confirm the action they should take. Meisie's 'messages' are deciphered by her uncle who then transmits them to the various underground units around the country. What dark secrets lie beneath the ultra-nationalist rhetoric of this small group of right-wing terrorists? And how much blood will need to be spilt before the cruel truth can emerge? The staged reading was directed by Steven Pillemer and performed by Sean Cameron Michael, Robyn Olivia, Milton Schorr and Nhlanhla Sicelo.

John Kench received the Audience prize of R5000 cash for Act of Morality, directed by Ruth Levin and performed by Megan Choritz, Julia Anastasopoulos, Andile Nebulane, Andre Samuels and Albert Maritz. The play was placed third by the judges. Race, culture, political and personal motives are all forced into a spotlight. Through all the confrontations, the images of District Six and its destruction are woven, so the play, besides its personal narratives, is a lament for a lost community and the humanity for which it stood. Act of Morality is the compelling autobiography of a city. Kench was born in England and has lived in Cape Town for many years. He has written several non-fiction books about SA as well as a series of radio drama plays. Act of Morality is his first play set in Cape Town, and reflects the vast series of transformations the city has undergone since the writer first woke up to find Table Mountain looming beyond the ship's rail.

Hostile Takeover, written by Mike van Graan under the pseudonym of Peter September, took second place in both the Jury and Audience ratings. The play is a three-person satire on the SA economy and contemporary BEE. Through the clash of businesses that exist on the edge of the legal framework, the moral imperatives and practices of capitalism are explored and dissected. The reading was directed by Matthew Wild and performed by Andre Roothman, Leslie Mongezi and Mbulelo Grootboom.

Martin Koboekae's clever satire, Third Coming, received third place in the Audience vote. This is a humorous play depicting a slice of African history. Set in the 1920's in a fictitious village inhabited by a fictitious tribe called Bakgethu, the tussle is over the chieftaincy of the village and the clashes between traditional and modern cultural values and practices. The play is laced with humour and is a contribution, not just to South African history, but also to the country’s literature. The play was directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen and Lulama Masinini. Koboekae is a playwright, theatre director and qualified journalist. He has been involved in theatre for 15 years.

The fifth finalist was Fred Benbow-Hebbert with his play, Comedienne. Directed by Walter Hodges, it speculates on the illusory nature of film and fame. Benbow-Hebbert is Chairman of the Barnstormers and has had two plays produced professionally.

The three judges - Delecia Forbes, Ashraf Johaardien and Liz Mills - praised the festival for encouraging new writing and expressed a desire to see more platforms of this kind that "tell South African stories in unique and expressive ways". The calibre of performers and directors was noted as a high point of the event, as was the high quality of the scripts themselves. The weekend was filled with lively debate, discussion and feedback, providing the writers with a useful participatory situation in which to test their scripts and receive input from both judges and audience.

The staged readings were presented in association with the Kalk Bay Theatre and generously supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

For further information, contact the PANSA National Office on 011 880 5486 or e-mail pansa@artslink.co.za




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