Greenside High School wins numerous awards for school play

Neleagh Davids, Branden Mpateni, Francesco Mbele, Lilitha Makhawula, Abigail Nkosi Christmas and Kim Forbay achieve great success with their production.

 

Greenside High School has received numerous awards for its production titled, Every Year, Every Day, I am Walking.

The production tells the story of a woman and her two daughters who live in Central Africa. Following a raid of their village, the woman and one of her daughters are forced to flee and make a journey to Cape Town. Throughout the journey, the one sister writes letters to her missing sister. The play focuses on themes such as dislocation and xenophobia, among others.

The production was entered into various school festivals including the Edenvale Acting and Drama Society (EADS) Festival, the Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts (Feda) and the Gauteng Regional Amateurs Dramatic Series (Grads) Festival.

“The cast and crew of Every Year, Every Day, I am Walking delivered real excellence through their ensemble work and we are very proud of their achievements and their growth,” said Annelize Hicks, the head of the cultural department at Greenside High School.

The production came in first place at the Grads festival and won three additional awards including best ensemble. Rachel Nkosi Christmas won the award for best director and Kim Forbay won the award for best actress.

At the EADS festival the production placed second, also achieving nominations for best poster, best set, best actress and best ensemble. Forbay was once again crowned as best actress in a drama.

At Feda the play placed fourth out of 67 plays and received nominations for best backstage, best costume, best lighting, best soundscape, best physical theatre and best ensemble. Forbay and Christmas were nominated for best actress and best director respectively. The play also won awards for best physical theatre and best soundscape.

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“This cast and crew had an amazing feeling of positivity and optimism. They are proof that families can be made. They have a love and a fire that extends beyond their rehearsal and performance time.

“With this production, we bid farewell to four beloved matrics – Abigail Nkosi Christmas, Kim Forbay, Branden Mpateni and Francesco Mbele. They have and always will be irreplaceable in our cultural department.”

 

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Laura Pisanello

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