NSA all aflame for fest

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

There is a hive of activity at the National School of the Arts (NSA) in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, as students prepare for their annual arts showpiece, the Festival of Fame.

The sixth Festival of Fame opens on Monday and will run until Sunday May 13 at the NSA and at the University of the Witwatersrand. The festival features students' works of art and those of amateur and professional artists in dance, drama and music.

This six-day festival encompasses a wide variety of performances, workshops and exhibitions in keeping with its "truly famous, newly famous and the about-to-be-famous" theme. It showcases the talents of young people, up-and-coming stars and established artists, and gives the "wannabes" an opportunity to engage with professional artists.

The festival committee, headed by NSA deputy principal Sonja Burger and former student Siphiwe Hlabangane, a star of Soweto Story, has a line-up that will appeal to all tastes.

The programme promises outstanding productions: Bheki and Ellis Pearson return with A Boy Called Rubbish, back by public demand is Rajesh Gopie's one-man show, Out of Bounds. Talented comedian Shirley Kirschmann, a former NSA student, will be there with Junkie; Mike Sharman, playwright and actor, with Perils of a Pre-Teen; Craig Morris with Hero; Dani Marais with Prodigal and Mncedisi Shabangu with Vuka Machel.