AFDA staff and live performance students are sure to make a big impact at National Arts Festival 2016 and the National School Festival 2016 in Grahamstown.
The already critically acclaimed AFDA Cape Town 4th year honours production, “Confession Sessions”, directed by Megan Furniss and performed by Trent Rowe, Melanie Aiff, Thabang Rendani Mufamadi, and Motheo Madisa will surely get audiences up off their seats at NAF after standing ovations at the AFDA Cape Town Experimental Festival last week.
I saw ‘Confession Sessions’ directed by Megan Furniss as workshopped by the four students who wrote and acted in it. And what an awesome foursome they are. Stories woven together so slickly, where pathos and parody coalesce with ease, much like hatred and love live side by side in one heart like the proverbial yin and yang. Now remember, these are young students – early 20’s. It is billed as an “experimental” piece of theatre and still, the text is as erudite as any professional production and their performances as meritorious as some of our finest out there.” Rafiek Mammon www.48hours.co.za
In addition, on their return from Grahamstown, the Confession Sessions crew will be performing at Fresh from Fest at UCT.
A new devised piece of theatre from the AFDA Johannesburg 2016 honours students is also to be presented at the National Arts Festival as part of the Student Theatre Festival. The 60-minute piece entitled “A Tiny Hum – Humanity” has been workshopped by cast members Thabo Thejane, Tempo Mohale, Perebo George, and Annelize Erasmus.
Staff from AFDA Johannesburg and Cape Town are also very well represented at this year’s Arts Festival:
AFDA Johannesburg’s Liezl de Kock, Production Course Lecturer/Researcher is at NAF in the capacity of performer/co-creator and producer for the show: “Heart’s Hotel”.
Tristan Jacobs, Lecturer/researcher in Production Course will be at NAF in the capacity of performer-creator/producer for “Kochira” and producer/advising-director for the show: “Death of a clown”.
Lien van der Linde, Lecturer: Production Design/Costume Make up and Styling will be at NAF in the capacity of set designer and technical support for the show: “Search for signs of intelligent life in the universe”.
Khutjo Green, Lecturer in the School of Live Performance is also taking part in NAF as Director of several productions.
AFDA Cape Town’s Chris Weare, Live Performance Lecturer & Screen Discipline Champion, is taking two productions to NAF. Chris directs the Premiere of “Immortal” by Peter Terry. The production is produced by the Arena Fringe Programme at the National Arts Festival. He will also direct “Love Actually” by Alan Committie, playing at the Main Festival.
Doug Armstrong, Musical Performance, is involved in “Ottoman Slap – Spice Routes” at the Arena at National Arts Festival.
Lara Bye, Live Performance Lecturer, will be there in the capacity as new member of the Selection Committee for the Main Festival.
AFDA staff are also hosting workshops at the 2016 National Schools Festival.
AFDA Port Elizabeth will be workshopping and demonstrating a movie scene from an AFDA PE 2nd year student production. Lead by AFDA Head of Film Andre Scholtz, and lecturers Marius Roodt and Simon Pienaar along with a crew of students from the PE campus. Participants will be able to see first hand how the lights, camera and action create magic that you end up seeing on screen.
AFDA Cape Town’s TV Producing lecturer and 7de Laan star Diaan Lawrenson will be hosting lectures on Showbiz- A-Z and co-hosting lectures with AFDA Live Performance lecturer and Bold and Beautiful star Texas Battle entitled Perspectives on acting in South Africa & Internationally. Texas will be also be lecturing on Audition Technique and Script Breakdown.
AFDA wish all students and staff a great success and look forward to seeing their productions on stage!
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