Excellent plays at festival
The Stop Crime Drama Festival's opening night featured enthralling songs and dancing by erstwhile disco queen Mercy Pakela, of Ayashisa Amateki fame.
Several other guest acts made the night memorable and interspersed the drama with variety.
They included Herebedesh, a tragi-comedy by veterans Darlington Michaels, Mike Lubisi, Jerry Phele and Jabu Nkosi, and dance demonstrations by the Maletangoao Cultural Troupe, Portents Dance Productions and Usuthu Arts Foundation.
Choral music was presented by Molopo Choral Group and the UniWest Chorale.
l Hoping For The Best, written and directed by the cast, of G Most Productions, Mafikeng;
l Streetkids, written and directed by the cast, of Outcast Theatre Group, Dibate;
l Love Them All, conceived by the cast, of Redibone Arts Group, and directed by Ofentse Monnapula;
l Siyashizila, by the Itshotshovi Theatre Group, from Alexandra, Gauteng; directed by Vusi Simelani;
l The Voiceless, conceived by Taung Kids, from Taung;
l Ngwanaka, by the Phosphate Theatre Group, Rustenburg, directed by Malon Khoza;
l Faces, by Atato Theatre Group, Atamelang, North West;
l Moshito, written by Bajabulile Maluleka and Kenneth Mmekwa;
l Freedom, by Buster Arts Productions, was directed by Rapula Khumalo.