Champion performers on tour
Young South Africans are arriving in the region on Sunday to perform at three venues and to sample Scottish culture.
The professional theatre group, Champions, is bringing its inaugural touring show to the UK and the first stop is Dumfries and Galloway.
Champions Tale will premier at the Wigtown Book Festival on Sunday.
It will also be performed at The FullertonTheatre in Castle Douglas on October 13 and at The Usual Place cafe in Dumfries the following night at 7.30pm.
The visit is down to Kirkcudbright’s Emma Picken who co-founded a South African and Scottish charity, BE United, in 2013.
She said: “South Africa is a wonderful place, it’s bursting at the seams with talent. The people of South Africa have captured my heart. I am so excited and proud to be bringing the Champions to Scotland and to my local area.
“It is a huge moment for me professionally and for the Champions as this is their first ever international tour.
“This October will be very exciting and a month of many firsts. We have produced an exceptional show which will entertain and touch our audiences.”
Champions founder Tinkler Delwa is looking forward to visiting Dumfries and Galloway.
He said: “My dream is to engage with each and every community around Emma Picken and Boysie Gumede
the world and tell the real life of South African people and also learn about other cultures.“
After each performance, audiences are invited into a dialogue with the cast to gain deeper insight and understanding into each other’s lives.
Tickets for Champions Tale are available at the Mid-Steeple box office and at The Fullerton Theatre.
Champions Members of the theatre group