Reviving theatre culture in townships

HAVING spent more than five years honing his theatre skills, popular playwright, director and teacher Paul Rapetsoa is ploughing back into the community.

HAVING spent more than five years honing his theatre skills, popular playwright, director and teacher Paul Rapetsoa is ploughing back into the community.

The Paul Rapetsoa Institute of Dramatic Arts (Prida) will hold a drama festival at the Honeymoon Lodge (formerly Naledi Cinema) in Seshego tomorrow and on Sunday.

The festival starts at 10am on both days and admission is R30.

"The drama festival is being held in the township to re-revive the culture of theatre in the townships and among the youth," Rapetsoa said yesterday.

He said participants would be coming from the University of Johannesburg (Soweto Campus), Tshwane University of Technology (Polokwane Campus), Tshwane University of Technology (Witbank Campus), Prida (Siyabuswa Campus) and Prida (Seshego Campus) to showcase their acting talents.

"The event will also encourage up-and-coming writers to develop their themes," he said.

Rapetsoa, a seasoned campaigner in the theatre, will feature plays such asGet Down and Our Cry. He will also show the latest, revamped Can't Wait for the first time in Limpopo.

He said that he expected directors of stage productions and films to attend the festival.

"By holding a festival of this magnitude we are creating a pool from which stage directors will be able to draw actors," Rapetsoa said.

"We invite potential actors and writers to attend the festival because this is where they will gain advice on how to take their talents to another level."

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