Sel­borne take cen­tre stage

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THE Sel­borne College Dra­matic So­ci­ety re­cently took part in the na­tional ATKV Tiener­toneel play com­pe­ti­tion in Port El­iz­a­beth, win­ning the East­ern Cape ti­tle with their play, Rondo.

The so­ci­ety per­formed three plays, namely Sold­er­ste­bolder, writ­ten spe­cially for Sel­borne College by Wim Vorster; Boetie, Lees vir My, an adap­tion of Down Came the Rain by Burgess Clark, and Rondo, the new play writ­ten by the dra­matic so­ci­ety di­rec­tor, Jo Stem­met. Rondo deals with the atroc­i­ties done to chil­dren and how mod­ern so­ci­ety has be­come de­sen­si­tised to these is­sues.

“In essence, the play deals with how mod­ern so­ci­ety has be­come in­di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for these atroc­i­ties, be­cause of our si­lence on these mat­ters,” Stem­met said.

The com­pe­ti­tion re­quired the plays to be per­formed in Afrikaans which was a huge chal­lenge for the Sel­borne Dra­matic so­ci­ety.

The plays were also ad­ju­di­cated ac­cord­ing to very strict na­tional cri­te­ria by qual­i­fied ad­ju­di­ca­tors such as well-known ac­tor Al­bert Maritz, Ira Blanck­en­berg and head of drama at Pre­to­ria Univer­sity Pro­fes­sor Marie-Heleen Coet­zee.

“Afrikaans is a sec­ond, third and even fourth lan­guage for some of them, but they re­ally rose to the oc­ca­sion and did very well,” Stem­met said.

In to­tal, the Sel­borne College Dra­matic So­ci­ety brought back no less than four bronze, six silver and 39 gold awards.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

PUP­PET MAS­TERY: The Pup­pets in ‘Rondo’ are, from left, Emihle Siko, Dy­lan Brauns, Sihle Make­leni and Mman­gal­iso Maphinda with, back, Jonathan Grant. The play by Sel­borne College won the pro­vin­cial ATKV Tiener­toneel com­pe­ti­tion

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