Ngqwele Dube, Sports Correspondent
EVELINE High School Drama Club are set to add another feather to their cap after being invited to take part in the Sapperlot International Meeting of Youth Theatre in Brixen, Italy next year.
The international festival is set to run from 6 to 10 June and involves young theatre acts from across the world. Eveline drama teacher, Thabani Moyo said they were excited about showcasing their acts alongside other groups from countries such as Russia, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Spain and Italy a month other countries.
The festival is organised by teenagers for teenagers aged between 14 and 20 and is an open-air festival. Twelve companies take part and each company presents a complete theatrical performance which is no longer than 60 minutes.
The theatre festival is organised by Theaterpädagogisches Zentrum Brixen.
“It is a great opportunity for the group because there will be many opportunities that include meeting other young theatre groups, attending workshops and interacting with international theatre practitioners. I’m sure there would also be a lot to learn,” said Moyo, who was voted the 2017 Bulawayo Arts Awards Best Arts Teacher.
Eveline has become a force to reckon with in schools arts and early this year they came third in Isiphiwo Sami Talent Search competitions before clinching top prizes in National Association of Secondary Heads (Nash) Drama competitions and Plan/Intwasa Competitions while national level they attained fifth position.
According to the TPZ website some of the festival objectives include presenting a global picture of the diverse trends in Youth theatre, through a variety of performances and subsequent critical analyses, colloquies and workshops and to encourage networks between youth theatre groups.
The website states: “It is essential that the participating performances present cultural diversity, through scenic forms and dramatic expressions.
“The Festival Committee will organise workshops of a high international standard to promote education and cultural and artistic development.”
Eveline boasts of such talent as Anita Moyo who won the Best Actress Award during the BAA while some prominent arts practitioners that emerged from the school include Mbonisi “Mbo Mahocs” Mahonondo, now based in South Africa and Bathabile Dlamini a National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) winner and Bachelor of Journalism Honours Degree holder from Nust.