A huge congratulations to all those who competed in the 15th Inner-City High Schools Drama Festival over the past two weeks. The turnout was amazing and the performances were outstanding. This programme is made possible through funding from City of Johannesburg – Arts Alive Festival, Department of Arts and Culture, Rand Merchant Bank, Ford Foundation, Bread for the World. Our valued partners include the Market Theatre Laboratory, GALA, Drama for Life, Exclusive Books and Assitej South Africa.
In a week that has brought violence and hatred to our neighbourhood the festival persisted to provide a positive and safe space for young people to share their stories. We thank all the schools that joined us after two days of suspending the festival and all those who joined us afterwards. Thank you to the adjudicators, teachers, parents, learners, Drama for Life students and interns, Underground Entertainment and to the festival team and staff who supported us through this week!
Everyone who joined us for the festival is a winner, learners, parents and teachers alike. The following is the list of awards we gave out at the event:
Best Production Award: Barnato Park High School
2nd Best Production: Thuto Lore Comprehensive
3rd Best Production: Bokamoso Secondary School
4th Best Production: E.D. Mashabane Secondary School
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Andani Nnetshifnifhe - Vuwani Secondary School
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Simphiwe Nkosi Lucia - Ikusasa Comprehensive School Greenfield
Best Runner-up Actor in a Lead Role: Ntate Philimon Selolo - Bokamoso Secondary School
Best Runner-up Actress in a Lead Role: Musa Mabena - BASA Tutorial College
Best Actor in a Lead Role: Jackson Mogotlane - Barnato Park High School
Best Actress in a Lead Role: Karabo Kgatle - Barnato Park High School
Best Poster Design: Linda Shabangu - Ikusasa Comprehensive School
Best Technical: "O KAE NGWANA" - Thuto Lore Comprehensive School
Best Costume Design: Uncommon Feelings - Barnato Park High School
Best Set Design: "PARUKA" - Bokamoso Secondary School
Best Cameo Role: Wiseman Mapheto - St Enda's
Best Ensemble Production: Iskiko - E.D. Mashabane Secondary School
Best Original Script: Uncommon Feelings - Barnato Park High School
School which traveled the Longest Distance: East Rand School of Arts
Special Mention for Consistent Participation: St Edna's Secondary School, Barnato Park School, Centurion College.
Spirit of the Festival Award: Mr Z Ndlovu from Centurion College - Inner-City Arts Chamion. Cherae Halley - for her dedicated work towards inclusivity at Sizwile School for the Deaf.
Adjudicators Special Mention Award: Sizwile School for the Deaf, Alexandra High School, Selelekeka Secondary School, Rand Tutorial College.
It was wonderful to have John Meletse, queer deaf activist, return to the Inner-City High Schools Drama Festival! Inspiring words as we celebrate Deaf Awareness Week. Thank you to Cherae Halley and Sizwile School for the Deaf for again being part of our festival!