Sancta’s 36th One-Act Play Festival in February


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SANCTAThe South African Community Theatre Association (Sancta) presents its 36th annual one-act play festival in Secunda from 13-18 February.

The Festival will be held at The Basement Theatre, Lake Umuzi, Secunda.

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There will be three plays performed nightly starting at 6.30pm, but at 6pm on the final Saturday night. This is the Gala Awards Evening where the best three plays of the week will be performed in no particular order. After interval, nominations for the 25 awards will be announced, followed by the Award Ceremony with certificates, trophies, photographs, and announcement of the winning plays. The whole evening will be videoed.

All these plays have received 2 mentoring courses of 2 hours each, three weeks apart to gauge their progress, by patrons Dorothy Ann Gould and Michael Maxwell and Swannie Swanevelder, who ran the 10-minute writing courses last year at The Rondekerk in Secunda.

The running order is:

Monday 13 February

  1. Burial of Innocence – by Siphokule Theatre – Piet Retief/Nkhondo
  2. Where is Conscience – written / directed by Sakhile Lushaba – Piet Retief/ Nkondo
  3. Today – written/ directed by Sandile Manana – Kinross

Tuesday 14 February

  1. I also can – Written/ directed by Nkosi Njabulo – Badplaas
  2. Faith can move mountains – Written/ directed by Bennet Manana – Dundonald (Badplaas region)
  3. Broken Promise – written/ directed by Nkosinathi Shongwe – Mjama Drama – Tjarkastad

Wednesday 14 February

  1. Foot of the Grave – written/ directed by Thabo Pholo – Delmas
  2. Confessions of the Past – written/ directed by Doctor Motaung – Standerton
  3. The Guitar – Written/ directed by Enoch Makhule – Wakkerstroom

Thursday 15 February

  1. Tshimbila Rantsula – written/ directed by Gcebile Dhlamini- Outreach Foundation Hillbrow Theatre Group and Centurion College – Johannesburg
  2. The Zulu and the Indian (Romeo and Juliet) – written by Nicholas Ndwandwe – Mzinoni Vision Theatre Productions – Bethal
  3. The Heart – written/ directed by Mandla Mnisi – Ermelo

Friday 16 February

  1. Find Her – written by Nozipho Radebe- directed by Herbert Mokoena and Nkosinathi Mashiya – Sisonke Art Productions – Emalahleni/ Witbank
  2. Child of a Child – Manzi Theatre Project – Pietermaritzburg, KZN
  3. All by Myself – by Robert Scott – Protea Productions – Benoni – GP

Each night there will be verbal adjudications by our three professional adjudicators, Karin Van Der Laag (ex-Isidingo) and upcoming theatre talents Quintin Wils, a Naledi nominee for the last two years, and Vianney Farmer, who publishes The SA Theatre Magazine.

Almost all the Mpumalanga plays are by new writers and there are also plays from KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

On Friday, the adjudicators will choose the best three plays to be performed on Saturday at the Gala Award Ceremony where the final winners will be announced.

Tickets cost R30 per night and are available from Noel McDonald, or Thobile Mogale from the Department of Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport – Gert Sibande Region – tel 016 811 7477 / 076 508 0822 or at the door of the Basement Theatre on the night. A weekly ticket for all nights except Saturday will be R100.

We wish to thank:

  • Henning Botha, providing the writers of the 10-minute plays last year with the use of computers, food and accommodation at his guest lodge in Trichardt.
  • The Basement Theatre and Lake Umuzi Waterfront Management for providing the Basement Theatre.
  • The SAMRO Foundation – Andre Le Roux and Anriette Chorne – for the grant they have provided since 2000 that enables us to have professional adjudicators.
  • TJ de Klerk of for his generosity and advice since the late 1990s.
  • Ismail Mahomed, formerly of the National Arts Festival, who is also a Sancta patron and never without advice. He is now CEO of the Market Theatre Trust, so perhaps we can come to an arrangement to use one of the smaller venues at the Market Theatre complex and the revamped Windybrow Historical Mansion for our winning plays. For the last three years, our winners have attended the REMIX/ Drama for Life Course under Wits University (Drama for Life) in Grahamstown.
  • Sancta are also members of Assitej, SA (Yvette Hardie – national and international chair), which is running an international Assitej Festival in Cape Town in May and IATA (the International Amateur Theatre Association) will send a delegation.

For Information on Sancta and its activities, festivals and local and international connections contact national chair Noel McDonald in Johannesburg on 083 309 4315 or Nicholas Ndwandwe (Sancta rep) in Bethal, Mpumalanga on 073 335 4407.


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