Community stage production excellent exercise in applied theatre
The Stellenbosch-based e’Bosch Heritage Project celebrated its 10th anniversary this past weekend in fitting style with a community stage production as an excellent exercise in applied theatre where the participants created their own stories based on their life experiences.
The actors in the production were the ten finalists gleaned from an extensive three-month community talent search in the greater Stellenbosch district whose presentation skills where then honed during workshops under expert guidance of music, drama and dance tutors.
“The growth of each one each and every one of these participants has been exponential and mind blowing considering that many of them haven’t been on a stage before or even performed to lines of dialogue yet,” says Robert Hindley their drama tutor and stage director.
“They managed to tie themselves together with absolute dedication and passion and create a unity of stories which imparted something very special about their communities, their households, and their souls. They managed to intertwine themselves in a fabulous way to create a unity and singular expression of what their talent means to them.
“They also taught me that in time and with enough courage and dedication to your craft you can start telling stories and the largest story to tell is the power of finding your own voice and identity,” says Robert.
This year the total number of entries received in the various categories were 35 for music, 17 for drama, and 12 for dancing as part of the annual e’Bosch Festival of Talents. The 10 chosen finalists then went through an extensive workshop programme to hone their presentation skills under the expert guidance of Robert Hindley (drama), Marthie Hauptfleisch (music), and Hurgen Cornelson (dancing). The finalists who performed in this production were Siba Qoba, Quintin Joubert, Asiphe Nicholas Feni, Drovigas Goshai, Nevrihelle Arnolds, Leshton-Lee du Plessis, Ronaldo van Rhyn, Lushan de Koker, Clayton Appolis, and Lee-Ron Maart. The project was in collaboration with the National Lotteries Commission and Wesgro.
The e’Bosch Festival of Talents is one of the 28 heritage projects staged by the Stellenbosch-based e’Bosch Heritage Project during September and October 2021 this year, all of them adapted to observe Covid-19 protocols.
This e’Bosch 10th Anniversary Gala Concert was presented to invited guests only from 11:00 to 13:00 on Saturday, October 30, at De Laer Hall in Stellenbosch but simultaneously streamed live on Facebook where it can still be watched at @eBoschHeritageProject. Contact Carol Lakay at 0615954085 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Caption (ebosch group 30 oct 21)