Western Cape schools compete in drama competition

Two Western Cape schools will compete in the finals of the ATKV tienertoneel (teen scene) Drama Competition in Port Elizabeth this week, thanks to support from ORT SA Cape.

Wellington Secondary School will present Suiker, a humorous metaphor on the meaning of life through the eyes of the less privileged, written by Grade 12 learner Adrian Swartz.

Bergrivier Secondary School will perform the play Map Jacobs by Adam Small. This play is one of their prescribed set works for the year. This follows on from their success at the competition last year where they were awarded four silver and many bronze awards.

This year, Plankies, a play written by Bergrivier Secondary School grade 12 learner Neville Albertus, will be adjudicated in the category of best new scripts and the winner will be announced at the National ATKV tienertoneelkompetisie at Aardklop Potchefstroom in September.

Both Wellington and Bergrivier Secondary Schools are able to attend the Port Elizabeth competition due to the support and encouragement of local NGO, ORT SA Cape, which focuses on enriched learning experiences for children and training for teachers.

"We financed the support of the two drama groups as part of our after school programme (CASPER - Constructive After School Programme for EnRichment)," explains Dr Lydia Abel, Director of ORT SA Cape.

"In recent years there has been a global move to include Arts in the strategic focus areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) to make it STEAM. US research indicates that involvement with arts helps children to think creatively, encouraging them to learn to read and speak in public."

"We would love to make support for impoverished schools wanting to partake in this competition an annual reality. We encourage those who love the arts and are willing to contribute in some way, to contact us."