Protesters bring curtain down on Liewe Heksie at Vryfees

2015-07-17 10:07
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Bloemfontein - A performance of the pantomime Liewe Heksie: Flower Power, the showcase production of this year’s Vryfees, had to be stopped on Thursday evening when more than 50 protesters occupied the stage of the Sand du Plessis Theatre.

The curtain was dropped and the police arrived on the scene quickly.

At this stage it is still unknown exactly why the protesters disrupted the performance. The auditorium was packed with more than 700 people.

Ricardo Peach, festival director, told News24 on Friday morning that he had spoken to the management of the Performance Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) and it appears to be an internal matter.

“It is definitely not a language or cultural matter, as the iconic Sotho production The Mother of All Eating, which was presented at the Andre Huguenet theatre next door, was also disrupted. Supporters of both Afrikaans and Sotho theatre are upset.

“I think these people are cowards for disrupting a great children’s theatre piece,” said Peach. “It is ironic that the protesters entered the theatre just as the “Gifappeltjie” [goblins] characters were about to come on stage.

“PACOFS CEO Teboho Macholo and Jerry Mofokeng, artistic director of PACOFS, gave us huge support for the festival and we are fully behind them,” said Peach.

The show, which features the popular Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck, has been re-scheduled for Sunday morning at 10:30 and ticket holders can exchange their tickets for the new performance.

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