The stage is set for the Stop Crime Drama Festival that should once again bring Mmabatho in Mafikeng, North West, to a standstill.
The festival is supported by nation-building partners including the Absa Foundation, North West sports, arts and culture department, Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation and Business Arts South Africa.
Audiences will be entertained by youths from Itsoseng, Lichtenburg; Jouberton, Klerksdorp; Taung; Ikageng, Potchefstroom; Tlhabane, Rustenburg; Motlhabeng, Mmabatho; Mabopane and Pretoria.
Their plays are: Percy Mothupi's Changes, Mzwakhe Kgagodi's Sex & Caps Equals Aids, Kagiso Montoedi's Dark Side of Life, Moeketsi Mafe's Jozi Maboneng, Rapula Khumalo's Your Face, Lebogang Ntsie's Bokgoni, Godfrey Thobejane's Minister, Deputy & President, Presley Chweneyagae's Cell No 4, and Inno Lebogang's Cheka Daai Ding.
Several professionals who fine-tuned the plays include Kere Nyawo, Xoli Norman, Mpho Siboa, Monde Mayephu, Mzokes Thwane and Mpho Molepo.
Guest productions by established artists will include Selaelo Maredi, with The Core, Ntshieng Mokgoro, with Thursday's Child and Danny Jasson with Black Age.
Veterans "Kid" Mabutho Sithole and Boikie Mohlamme will present motivational and theatre workshops together with arts and culture activist Mpho Molepo, Isidingo's Tina Mnumzana, Generations' Peter Moruakgomo, Zone 14's Carol Behane, Muvhango star Rapulana Seiphemo and Rhythm City's Mduduzi Mabaso.
Another Generations star, Seputla Sebogodi, will stage a gospel music performance with his band, G Movement. Award-winning troupes, Sakhile Cultural Group and Creative Entertainers - both based in Heidelberg and Soweto, Gauteng, respectively - are expected to bring the house down with exhilarating traditional dance demonstrations.