FIGHTING AIDS IN SCHOOLS

WHILE everyone is hit by World Cup fever, theatre director Gisele Turner is focusing on a different initiative.

WHILE everyone is hit by World Cup fever, theatre director Gisele Turner is focusing on a different initiative.

Turner's latest production, Amagama Amathathu 2010, an HIV-Aids awareness puppet theatre production, seems to have come at the right time, when many people believe the battle against the virus has been lost.

The show has been touring schools around the country since January. It has had 150 performances so far.

Turner says Amagama Amathathu 2010 is a production that speaks to the hearts of people about the pandemic.

Performed by well-known actors Mpume Mthombeni and T-Bone Hlahane, Amagama Amathathu 2010 has had an impact wherever it wasperformed.

Turner says the response to the production has been very positive. Both teachers and schoolchildren praised the show for its excellent performance and relevant script.

"The innovative use of puppets has proved to be a very effective way of getting this sensitive message across and the play holds the attention of the audience by presenting local characters in recognisable situations.

The production is very forceful, very hard hitting."

Turner says the production will continue with its mission to create awareness about HIV-Aids, especially in schools.

"We worry about our youth. They are the precious people of the future and we welcome anything that will help make them more aware of the dangers of HIV and Aids," says Turner.

"The song, the rap and audience involvement is wonderful and our young people really got the message in a powerful way.

"I do believe that this is one of the finest productions we have ever had."

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