Search for young talent

PRESSURE: Paul Rapetosa. Pic: Elijar Mushiana. 24/08/2009. © Sowetan
PRESSURE: Paul Rapetosa. Pic: Elijar Mushiana. 24/08/2009. © Sowetan

VETERAN playwright Paul Rapetsoa's mission to educate society about critical issues continues with his latest play, Way Out.

VETERAN playwright Paul Rapetsoa's mission to educate society about critical issues continues with his latest play, Way Out.

The new show, which he hopes will start a huge debate, opens soon in Polokwane.

Rapetsoa, who also owns a drama school in Limpopo, is currently auditioning .

The auditions will take place on January 15 and 16 at the Capricorn FET College in Hostel C Campus in Seshego.

"We are looking for new students to be part of Way Out. We are looking for actors, singers and dancers. We will give the young people all the skills they need for acting," Rapetsoa says.

He says Way Ou t is a very interesting play about peer pressure. He explains: "It explores issues that make youth victims of peer pressure. I decided to explore the idea because I felt it was critical for our leaders of tomorrow."

Rapetsoa says his research shows that many students experience peer pressure at university and college.

"Many youths are okay while they are at high school, but when they reach tertiary education they change because of the bad influence of friends.

"Young boys will start drinking alcohol and smoking dagga. Many girls become pregnant at an early age. I believe that it is better to choose a friend, rather than to be chosen," Rapetsoa says.

The seasoned writer says the play will be an eye-opener for parents who are taking peer pressure lightly. He says he regards peer pressure as a silent killer.

"In Way Out I try to show that there is a way out of the problem. Whatever unfortunate thing has happened to the youth, they can change it. It is never too late," he says.

Auditions start and 10am. For more information, call 079-952-2959.

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