Play checks reality

2018-02-28 06:01
Learners who are part of the youth safety ambassadors for the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro). They featured in the play Reality Check,staged at the Scaena Theatre on the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Bloemfontein Campus. Photo: Supplied

Learners who are part of the youth safety ambassadors for the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro). They featured in the play Reality Check,staged at the Scaena Theatre on the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Bloemfontein Campus. Photo: Supplied

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A cast of 20 learners of three previously disadvantaged schools in Bloemfontein received worthwhile experience by putting together two versions of an educational play titled Reality Check.

The learners also starred in the collaborative play, written by Nico Luwes.

The play was staged on 16 February in the Scaena Theatre on the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Bloemfontein Campus.

It was done as a partnership between the UFS’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts and the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro).

The learners, who actively parti­cipate in the Nicro Youth Safety Ambassadors programme, were taken through the lessons by the directors, Dion van Niekerk (a lecturer in the UFS’s Drama Department) and Charl Henning (a masters student in the department).

Natasha Meyer, Nicro’s marketing and volunteer coordinator, said the directors each worked with the cast of 20 learners.

“The idea was to guide the learners through the process of putting together a play which they can then, in turn, present at other schools,” Meyer said.

“The play, Reality Check, is a simple story with a potent message. It looks at the dangers of falling prey to the temptations of wealth, success and ego.

“It reminds audiences of the need to focus on being true to oneself and to be careful in a sexually promiscuous world.”

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