Westville artists cling on to their Glasgow dream

2014-05-09 00:00

WANT to test your skills as a stand-up comic? Then So you THINK you can Improv could be just for you.

The show is being mounted at the Westville Theatre Club, Attercliffe Road, tonight at 8 pm to raise funds for the four Westville RSPA Theatre School students selected by the National Theatre of Scotland to take part in the Tin Forest project, July 2014, in Glasgow. Tin Forest is a large-scale international exchange project led by the National Theatre of Scotland, in association with Scottish Youth Theatre, as part of the cultural celebrations for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sinikiwe Sifumba (18) from Grosvenor Girls’ High, Emily Spencer (15) from Durban Girls’ High School, Melissa Strydom (16) from Gelofte Skool, and Christopher Turner (16) from Clifton School, who were selected to take part, are all theatre students with Rising Star Performing Arts Theatre School run by Gill Brunings in Westville.

While the National Theatre of Scotland is covering costs for accommodation and training, they are not paying for travel arrangements.

“So we are begging, borrowing and, mmm, not stealing, funds to get them on a plane, across the blue and up to the Highlands so they can take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” says Brunings.

Hence So you THINK you can Improv.

“The first half of the evening the audience will be entertained by an Improv Troupe performing various improvisational skits,” says Brunings. “This will be followed by an open mic session when any audience member can try their hand at improv followed by, a first for RSPA, a “Performance Auction”. This is when you can place a bid to get your ‘friend’ on the stage to participate in an improv round.”

All performers have donated their time to this event. Tickets are R40 and there will also be a raffle of a signed Sharks shirt. Seating is limited so prebook via 083 326 3257. Bring food and drinks and cash, no credit cards accepted.

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