Festival aims to help youth fight crime

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Preaching to the youth about the folly of crime is a futile exercise unless youngsters are made an active, leading part of the anti-crime chorus.

Among the many youth development programmes tackling crime and criminality is the 12th annual Stop Crime Drama Festival, taking place at the Mmabana Cultural Centre in Mmabatho, North West, over four days from March 29.

Its pioneers are writers, actors and directors Martin Koboekae and Julian Seleke Mokoto of Dramatists Against Crime.

It is supported by the Absa Foundation, North West Arts and Culture Department, National Arts Council, Sowetan, and the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation.

Nine groups have qualified for the festival and prizes for the best production, script, director, actor and for most promising production, namely:

lChanges, directed by Percy Mothuping;

lSex Minus Caps Equals Aids, directed by Mzwakhe Kgagodi;

lDark side of life, directed by Kagiso Montoedi;

lJozi Maboneng, directed by Moeketsi Mafe;

lYour Face, directed by Rapula Khumalo;

lBokgoni, directed by Lebogang Ntsie;

lMinister, Deputy President, directed by Godfrey Thobejane;

lCell No: 4, directed by Presley Chweneyagae; and

lCheka Daai Ding, directed by Lebogang Inno.

Old hands who will help to improve the quality and standard of these plays include Danny Jason, Mzokes Thwane, Ntshieng Mokgoro and Monde Mayephu.

Three guest productions by professional writers, directors and casts will be performed during the festival's non-competitive segment.

These are Selaelo Maredi's The Core, Ntshieng Mokgoro's Thursday's Child and Danny Jason's Black Age.