Production portrays hate crimes

2017-11-15 06:00
Actors in The Hate Crime Project are from the left Jaco Enslin, Mbuyiselo Nqodi, Ridge Vorster, Riekie Myburgh, Tané de Wet and Valerie van Wyk.­Photo: Esté Strydom

Actors in The Hate Crime Project are from the left Jaco Enslin, Mbuyiselo Nqodi, Ridge Vorster, Riekie Myburgh, Tané de Wet and Valerie van Wyk.­Photo: Esté Strydom

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The Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of the Free State (UFS) presents the theatrical production The Hate Crime Project.

It will be on stage from Thursday (16/11) to Saturday (18/11), performed in Afrikaans, English and Sotho at the Scaena Theatre on the UFS’s Main Campus in Bloemfontein.

The Hate Crime Project is the final production by a group of graduating undergraduate students and is directed by Dion van Niekerk and De Beer Cloete.

Nearly two decades after the shocking murder of Matthew Shepard in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, in America, reports of hate crimes, discrimination and homophobic violence still populate local and international newspapers.

In South Africa, hate crimes have become synonymous with attacks of xenophobia, reports of corrective rape and violence aimed at minorities that cannot be defended as politically or socio-culturally justified.

Inspired by the ground-breaking theatre production The Laramie Project, presented by the acclaimed playwright Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, third-year drama students at the UFS have put together a brand-new production.

This production explores hate crimes in South Africa through a fictitious case of corrective rape that occurs in the small Free State town of Heilbron.

In the production, actors portray various roles, which include the roles of victims, protesters, perpetrators, parents and the public.

The conclusion: We are all affected by hate crimes, no matter which race, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality or level of formal education.

  • Tickets are available at Computicket at R40 for adults, R30 for students and learners and R25 for pensioners. Doors close at 19:30.

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