School’s play focuses on water

2015-08-11 06:00

Local high school pupils recently took part in a city-wide drama festival.

Simon’s Town High School staged its own play at the Smart Living Drama Festival at the Baxter last weekend.

The festival was hosted by the City of Cape Town for the seventh time. It is one of the City of Cape Town’s youth development initiatives and showcased environmental plays created by various high schools in Cape Town.

High school pupils from across the city created their own plays in response to the water conservation theme through a series of skills development workshops leading up to the official festival.

Thirteen plays were staged. All of the participating schools also performed in a group piece and there was a repeat of three showcase performances chosen from the thirteen plays.

“This programme challenges the youth to address the environmental issues that they face daily and to showcase these issues along with locally relevant solutions in the form of a play to their peers and communities,” says Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning.

“The theme for this year was water conservation, which is particularly pertinent with Cape Town being a water scarce area. It is therefore important that residents are continually reminded that it remains each and everyone’s responsibility to continue to preserve our most precious resource,” says Van der Merwe.

This year’s other participating high schools were: Aloe High School, Islamia College, Rocklands High School and Spine Road High School in Mitchell’s Plain, Chris Hani Arts and Culture School, Thembelihle Senior Secondary School and Lathi-Tha School of Skills in Khayelitsha, Belhar High School, Durbanville Children’s Home, Isilimela Comprehensive School in Langa, Malibu High School in Blue Downs and The Settlers High School in Bellville.


The top six plays of the festival will be performed again at Rocklands High School on 22 August and at Chris Hani Arts and Culture High School in Khayelitsha on 5 September

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