Dreams on Cape Flats take flight

2016-06-07 06:00
From left: Nathan Erasmus, Tyrone Abrahams and David Cornelson in a scene from Given to Fly.

From left: Nathan Erasmus, Tyrone Abrahams and David Cornelson in a scene from Given to Fly.

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Project 021 will be telling the story of a “not so typical” Cape Flats family when they present Given to Fly at the Bellville Civic Centre on Friday 17 June.

While the production, which features young actors from across Cape Town, has been staged in previous years, Project 021’s David Cornelson says they’ll have the biggest cast and crew involved ever when they present the show this time round.

“The production has grown in popularity with many young people stepping forward to participate in the showcase.”

Based in Kuilsriver, Project 021 was established to develop and promote creative arts in under-privileged communities, focusing on learners in public schools. The organisation creates opportunities to unearth, develop and showcase young talent and currently runs programmes in Heideveld, Wynberg, Lavender Hill and Bellville.

The cast for Given to Fly hail from Heideveld, Welcome Estate, Mitchell’s Plain, Lavender Hill, Bellville, Kuils River and Lotus River.

The production tells the story of a Mannenberg family who rise above their prevailing negative elements to reach their destinies.

Sidney, the father of the house, is scarred by the hurts and disappointments of an oppressive past. Together with his God-fearing wife Brenda, he has five determined and outspoken daughters.

With life on the Cape Flats as his only reference, Sidney struggles to understand the big dreams and aspirations of his daughters.

“While the production will acknowledge and address some of the sad realities of life on the Flats, it is also filled with lots of humour, street-wise wit, and high-energy singing and dancing,” David explains.

He adds that many of the learners on stage won’t have family members or friends at the show to watch them. “We would therefore like to call on you to support the event, as we are aiming for a full house of support for these talented learners.” V Tickets for Given to Fly, which starts at 19:30 at the Bellville Civic Theatre cost R60. Email info@project021.co.za or call 082 884 8090 for bookings or more information. Visit www.project021.co.za for more about Project 021 and their programmes.

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