Off to Russia’s Shakespeare Festival

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Waterfront Theatre School has been selected from South Africa to participate with other BRICS countries in the 2017 festival in Moscow.

Off to Russia – Delia Sainsbury Founder of the Waterfront Theatre School proudly shows her Russian Visa.
Off to Russia – Delia Sainsbury Founder of the Waterfront Theatre School proudly shows her Russian Visa.

The Waterfront Theatre School has been selected by the organizing committee of ‘Theatrical BRICS’ to take part in their 2017 festival in Moscow from 14 to 21 May. The theme of the festival is ‘William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Theatre’. Representing the school are Delia Sainsbury (Founder), Paul Griffiths (Partner), Jenna Galloway, Garth Travares (professional actors) and students Michael Fenn and Sindiswa Ndlovu.

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Under the auspices of the Moscow Institute of Theatrical Arts, supported by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture, the festival includes drama schools from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The concept is to advance drama schools and the methods of education for students of the BRICS countries.

Off to Russia – (L-R) Jenna Galloway, Garth Travares, Delia Sainsbury and Paul Griffiths.
Off to Russia – (L-R) Jenna Galloway, Garth Travares, Delia Sainsbury and Paul Griffiths.

Each school will present excerpts from Romeo and Juliet. There will be discussions, exchanges of ideas, and role changes between the actors from the different countries as well as participation by local students in Moscow. Performances and the main events take place in an open-air theatre in beautiful Kolomenskoye Park. The stage is an exact copy of the Globe Theatre, built by the Institute for Theatrical Arts.

Delia and Paul mention: “As we had the freedom to develop the Romeo and Juliet theme as a South African version, we have a very interesting slant on the balcony scene with a black Juliet and a white Romeo defining the opposition to their budding relationship. Plus Sindiswa performs a monologue to African drum rhythms with a modern slant on traditional dress. Genna Galloway performs a scene in the traditional classical style and Garth Tavares performs a monologue as a “punk Afrikaner!”

‘This is a great honour to have the Waterfront Theatre School singled out for its high standard of teaching and ongoing success of our graduate students. We look forward to this invaluable opportunity to present our work, learn, debate and network in the interest of our students.’

 

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