Theatre Review: Footloose – Creative Confidence, Or Moving (And Singing) In The Right Direction


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

All content by Bruce Dennill first published on pARTicipate, republished with permission.
Bruce Dennill

Footloose / Directed by Matthew Counihan / Redhill School, Sandton, Johannesburg                            7

In a short informal speech just before the premier of Redhill School’s production of Footloose began, the school’s executive head (and show producer) Joseph Gerassi highlighted the foolishness of making arts programmes the first funding cuts when budgets are tight, citing – among other things – the impact being creative, or being part of a creative team, has on a youngster’s confidence. The link to the show, which tells the story of a young man who relocates to a small town where his artistic expression is substantially supressed, is obvious, but it was the message itself, and the way Gerassi expressed it (in short, “get on board or get out of the way”), that was most exciting – that Redhill as a school is committed to going against the grain in terms of promoting arts and artistic expression, but beyond that, that…

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