THRILLER: Grade 12 pupils will soon see their setwork, Amaza, live on stage. Picture: RUSANA PHILANDER
About 6000 pupils will soon have the opportunity to see a real theatre production, which forms part of their school curriculum, at Artscape.
The Xhosa setwork play entitled Amaza is aimed at Grade 12 pupils across the province. It opened yesterday and runs until May 12 at Artscape.
The 5585 Xhosa-speaking pupils from 70 disadvantaged schools will experience the play in their own language.
Amaza, which is sponsored by the GrandWest Heritage Foundation, forms part of the Artscape educational youth development programme, which aims to promote social cohesion, good citizenship and empowerment through the arts.
The production, which is directed by Thokozile Ntshinga, is a 17-member cast thriller set in a rural village in the Transkei.
A policeman from Port Elizabeth has to investigate a case and it takes him back to the village from where he and his wife came.
When he visits the village it coincides with the funeral of a couple who were mysteriously murdered in Johannesburg.
His investigation takes him to Johannesburg, then to Swaziland and back to Port Elizabeth.
As he is trying to solve the mystery, he stumbles across the evidence he was searching for and uncovers a story of adultery, deceit and lies.
Marlene le Roux, Artscape’s director of audience development and education, said the production also served as a basis for the upcoming High School Mini Drama Festival, which will be held at various schools.
The festival will give pupils an opportunity to create and present an original drama on a professional stage.
This year’s theme is Living Values, Lewenswaardes, Impawu Zentsulungeko Zokuphila Koluntu.
“It also gives pupils a platform to voice their own creativity, views and concerns to a captive audience while they get an opportunity to broaden their horizons by experiencing the magic of live theatre, lights, sound and an audience,” Le Roux said.