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Jameson First Shot 2014 winner reflects on success
Drama Department
Posted on 20 Aug 2014

Drama alumnus Henco J (Henco Jacobs) offers some thoughts on becoming a successful film director.

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Great honour for Musa Sakupwanya
Drama Department
Posted on 18 Aug 2014

Part-time singing lecturer at the Drama Department, Musa Sakupwanya, has been announced as the new vocalist for the popular band Newton's 2nd Law.

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Drama student named ‘best director’ at the 2014 Student Festival of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown
Drama Department
Posted on 18 Jul 2014

UP drama student Gopala Davies won the coveted award for ‘best director’ at the 2014 Student Festival of the National Arts Festival for his production Barbe Bleue: a story about madness. The production was the Drama Department’s official entry for the NAF Student Festival. Seventeen institutions participated in the festival, ranging from drama departments at traditional universities to private training institutions. Barbe Bleue is a physically driven performance that highlights the effect of madness on a relationship.

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Krekvars Student Arts Festival
Drama Department
Posted on 15 Jul 2014

The annual Krekvars Student Arts Festival starts on Monday 21 July.

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Dieboek to be presented by UP’s Drama Department
Drama Department
Posted on 18 Jun 2014

The Drama Department’s production of Dieboek will be on at the POPart Theatre in Maboneng from Wednesday 18 June. This production is an adaptation by director Myer Taub of Ansky’s play The dybbuk.

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Invitation to 'Dances of the Kingdom', a Thai cultural show: 30 May
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 26 May 2014

The Ambassador of Thailand, in collaboration with UP Arts and the Drama Department of the University of Pretoria, cordially invites members of the public to see the Thai Cultural Show 'Dances of the Kingdom' to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Freedom and Democracy of the Republic of South Africa.

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Drama Department presents OTHELLO, Shakespeare: 20-24 May
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 15 May 2014

In this contemporary production of OTHELLO it becomes the tragedy of choice for the present generation with the interracial love affair at the center of the action. It is a love story and essentially a domestic tragedy about love and passion as basic human emotions.

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DIEBOEK directed by Myer Taub 8-11 May Lier Theatre: 18:00
Department
Posted on 06 May 2014

S. Ansky’s play The Dybbuk is regarded as an example of traditional Yiddish theatre. Bookings: http://www.itickets.co.za/ or 086 1000 291

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Alexander Melck wins at SAFTAs
Drama Department
Posted on 07 Apr 2014

Alexander Melck, an MA student at the Drama Department, won the presitigious South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Editing of a Documentary Short.

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Stanley washed away: 8-12 April
Faculty/Fakulteit
Posted on 07 Apr 2014

A physical theatre documentary based on fact, speculation and assumption choreographed by Bailey Snyman:



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Drama researchers participate in colloquium at WiCDS
Drama Department
Posted on 28 Mar 2014

On 6 and 7 March 2014, the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS) held the colloquium 'Collaborative art activism: a tool for decolonising genders and sexualities in the global South'. The colloquium coincides with the new Wits Art Museum's exhibition "Queer and trans art-iculations: collaborative art for social change" featuring two prominent artists and activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community, namely Zanele Muholi and Gabrielle le Roux. Zanele Muholi's exhibition Mo(u)rning and Le Roux’s exhibitions "Proudly African and transgender" and "Proudly trans in Turkey" run at the Wits Art Museum until 30 March this year.

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Drama alumni activities
Drama Department
Posted on 24 Mar 2014

Drama has reason to celebrate the many achievements of its alumni in theatre and film.

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From treasure to trashure
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 10 Mar 2014

Dr Myer Taub will introduce the idea of the trashure hunt on 12 March 2014 at the GRIND Studio Space in Johannesburg.

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Liewe Heksie
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 24 Jan 2014

The Drama Department presents the delightful "Liewe Heksie" from 12 - 22 February 2014.

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Body/Space/Emergence conference
Drama Department
Posted on 18 Dec 2013

The Drama Department hosts the Body/Space/Emergence conference from 17-19 January 2014.

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Children's theatre 2014: Liewe Heksie!
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 12 Dec 2013

The Drama Department of the University of Pretoria’s children theatre production for 2014 will be the well-known and much loved story of Liewe Heksie en die Rotbende, in celebration of the author, Verna Vels’ 80th birthday.

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Statements 1: explorations in physical theatre
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 06 Sep 2013

The University of Pretoria Drama Department presents Statements 1, an explosive and visually compelling showcase of 1st and 3rd year physical theatre artists. The programme is a diverse and varied exploration of movement and physical theatre where the artists 'state' their conceptual views on society, life and the world in dynamic motion.

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Holly Bass visits Drama Department
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 29 Aug 2013

Holly Bass, an acclaimed writer, director and performance artist based in Washington DC, presented a guest lecture to the Drama Department’s honours students on Wednesday 28 August 2013.

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Bat Boy premiers in SA at the Masker Theatre
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 06 Aug 2013

"Bat Boy – the musical" is a most macabre and successful cult musical and this production at the Masker Theatre will be its South African premiere. The show runs from 20-24 August 2013.

The original Broadway run of Bat Boy was cut short by the 9/11 tragedies, but it has since been performed around the world. With music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe (now famous for Legally Blonde), this production takes its inspiration from an article about a half-bat, half-boy found in a cave, which appeared in the sensationalist World Weekly News in 1992. The cast is composed of drama students under the direction of the actress, choreographer and dancer Anitra Davel, while Dr Harold Mortimer (Oklahoma University) is the musical director.

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Bailey Snyman in Swan Lake
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 02 Aug 2013

Bailey Snyman, Lecturer in Physical Theatre, and Movement and Choreographic Studies in the Drama Department, was recently invited to perform in Dada Masiolo’s Swan Lake on a short tour to Europe. The work was performed in Ravenna and Ravello in Italy, Innsbruck in Austria and Vaison la Romaine in France.

Performing courtesy of the University of Pretoria, Snyman says, “It is always an honour and privilege being able to perform on an international platform. It gives me great insight into the work that is produced locally and how that work is perceived and received internationally.

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Krêkvars paper gets a new look
Faculty / Fakulteit
Posted on 11 Jul 2013

A revamped Grapevine, official newspaper of the Krêkvars Student Arts Festival, will be launched during the opening night of the festival on Friday 19 July.

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Accolade for Theatre in Development facilitator
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 03 Jul 2013

Drama’s Johan Visser was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences during the Community Engagement Showcase held on 5 June 2013.

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Laban Workshop (5-19 January 2014)
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 01 Jul 2013

The Drama Department will be presenting an intensive Laban workshop from 5–19 January 2014. This workshop will be led by Prof Karen Bradley, a highly respected and internationally acknowledged Laban Movement Analyst

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'Street Lights With Lips' preview
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 27 Jun 2013

Poised to set the stage alight at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, director and playwright/poet Napo Masheane and Village Gossip Productions, in collaboration with the University of Pretoria’s Drama Department, present a preview of “Street Lights With Lips” on 28 June at 19:00 in the Lier Theatre.

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Lessac Workshops, September 2013
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 27 Jun 2013

The University of Pretoria’s Drama Department is proud to be hosting two four-day Lessac workshops in September 2013.

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Drama at Smithfield's Platteland Preview
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 26 Jun 2013

En route to Grahamstown, two Drama productions will show at Smithfield's Platteland Preview.

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Prof Coetzee delivers inaugural address
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 14 Jun 2013

Prof Marié-Heleen Coetzee, Head of the Drama Department, delivered her inaugural address on Thursday 6 June 2013.

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Theatre highlights: Chasing and As Night Falls
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 11 Jun 2013

There are performances of the shows Chasing (based on the life of Ingrid Jonker) and As Night Falls (based on the life of Helen Martins) at the Masker Theatre at the University of Pretoria.

These shows are collaborations between the Drama Department and Matchbox Theatre Collective and both shows are choreographed by Nicola Haskins. Make sure you don't miss these shows before they head to perform at Smithfield and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. As Night falls won a Standard Bank Ovation Award in 2011.

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Participation of Theatre for Development students in ZAZI launch
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 07 Jun 2013

On Friday, 31 May, the ZAZI campaign was launched in the Musaion on the Hatfield Campus at the University of Pretoria. The campus launch took place under the auspices of the UP Youth Choir who were involved in the national and media launches on 25 May.

ZAZI (‘Know Yourself’) has been developed as a partnership between the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, the South African National Aids Council (SANAC) Women’s Sector, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Development and Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa.

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Drama alumni: spotlight on Anina Peens
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 03 Jun 2013

Meet the young and dynamic eNuus anchor and co-founder of the eCAP community engagement project.

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Drama Department presents two theatre favourites
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 15 May 2013

The Drama Department is proud to present two theatre favourites, Pantagleize (17-22 May) and The Glass Menagerie (24-29 May).

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Drama Department's Book Drive and dance against violence against women: 24-27 Apr
Faculty / Fakulteit
Posted on 24 Apr 2013

Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance 2012 and new Lecturer in the Drama Department, Bailey Snyman's new student production “Boys, Bicycles and (no)Boundaries” is a Site-Specific Physical Theatre intervention.

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The Drama Department presents: American junk and Euro trash: 17-20 April
Drama Department / Departement
Posted on 10 Apr 2013

AMERICAN JUNK & EURO TRASH is a double bill of two short plays, written and directed by Myer Taub.

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Krêkvars 2013
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 20 Mar 2013

The Drama Department's annual Krêkvars Student Arts Festival has made available the production entry form.

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Pinocchio back on stage in February
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 18 Jan 2013

The children’s theatre production for 2013 by the Department of Drama of the University of Pretoria is the well-known tale of Pinocchio. Come and share in the adventures of Pinocchio, the cute, naughty wooden marionette carved by the marionette maker Ghepetto from a very special log of wood.
There is a mysterious Blue Fairy that appears to Pinocchio in many different guises to warn him about dangerous things. Meet his duck friend Gina who tries to look after him, the sly fox and the dim-witted cat who want to steal all his money, and the bad-tempered policeman who chases him.

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Drama hosts major Lessac workshop
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 11 Jan 2013

The Drama Department at the University of Pretoria is currently hosting the first Intensive Lessac Kinesensic Workshop on African soil in collaboration with the Lessac Training and Research Institute of New York. It is a three-week (126-hour) intensive training course and kinesensic programme in voice and bodywork for actors, teachers, performers, directors, broadcasters, presenters, therapists and advanced theatre students. Having kicked off on 6 January, the training aims to enhance communication, human interaction and creativity. In theatre it promotes intelligibility, vocal variety, contrast and emotional expressivity.

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Reflecting on Drama for Life
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 26 Nov 2012

With the most recent Drama for Life conference behind us, it is time to reflect on such a momentous occasion. Speakers and attendees agree that Drama for Life was life-changing.

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Drama for Life performance highlights
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 09 Nov 2012

In addition to the celebrated keynote speakers attending the DFL Conference hosted by the Drama Department in collaboration with the DFL, the performance promises to entice and enthral delegates.

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Ever popular Pinocchio returns!
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 01 Nov 2012

The children’s theatre production for 2013 by the Department of Drama of the University of Pretoria is the well-known tale of "Pinocchio".

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Drama for Life (DFL) announces keynote speakers
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 30 Oct 2012

Drama For Life (DFL) is proud to announce the two keynote speakers for their November conference: “Applied Drama in Social Conflict and Intervention in Conflict and Post-conflict Contexts”, to be held at the University of Pretoria from 16 to 17 November 2012. The Drama Department is co-hosting the event with the WITS DFL Programme.

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The Drama for Life conference is around the corner!
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 17 Oct 2012

The University of Pretoria’s Drama Department, in association with the University of the Witwatersrand’s Drama for Life Programme, will host the fifth annual Africa Research Conference in Applied Drama and Theatre entitled Applied Drama as Social Intervention in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts running from 16 to 17 November 2012 on the University of Pretoria’s main campus.

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Drama researchers interrogate masculinity
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 26 Sep 2012

At the conference "Work/Force: South African masculinities in the media" (13-14 September 2012, Stellenbosch), two Drama lecturers and one postgraduate student delivered papers on various aspects of masculinity.

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In memoriam: Mr Michael Mametse
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 18 Sep 2012

The Drama Department mourns the loss of its messenger, Mr Michael Mametse, who passed away earlier this month.

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Choreog 2012
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 17 Sep 2012

It is springtime, which means it is time for the Drama Department's popular annual physical theatre show, Choreog.

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Gogola: Growth through Knowledge II
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 04 Sep 2012

After the success of the 2011 Gogola project, AngloGold Ashanti en Aardklop/Clover National Arts Festival asked the Drama Department to create participatory, applied theatre programmes for the exciting Gogola II project.

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Take a deep breath with Asem at the Masker Theatre
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 30 Aug 2012

The Drama Department welcomes Vorster Venter and Issie Venter’s award-winning Asem for a once-off performance on Monday 3 September 2012 at 19:00 at the Masker Theatre.

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Between hauntings, worlds, realities
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 24 Aug 2012

The Drama Department is proud to present Myer Taub's new play, Die Boek, at the Masker Theatre from 28 August to 1 September.

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Krêkvars 2012 is around the corner!
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 19 Jul 2012

The Drama Department proudly hosts the 12th annual Krêkvars Student Arts Festival, which runs from 23 to 28 July 2012 in the Masker and Lier theatres, as well as the Chapel and Studio in the Drama Building. Highlights include the breath-taking "Chasing", director and choreographer Nicola Haskins’s moving portrait of acclaimed poet Ingrid Jonker, and visiting director Wendy Mortimer’s (Indiana State University) "The Alchemy of Desire/Dead Man’s Blues", written by Caridad Svich. Both shows were performed to packed audiences at the recent Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

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Conference paper on award winning Afrikaans film
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 09 Jul 2012

The annual South African Visual Arts Historians (SAVAH) conference took place at UNISA, Pretoria from 4 to 7 July 2012. On the third day of the conference, Drama and Film Studies lecturer Chris Broodryk delivered a paper titled “Lust, Caution: ‘Skoonheid’ (Beauty) between desire and repression”.

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Chasing Desire at the National Arts Festival
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 27 Jun 2012

The Drama Department is proud to contribute two prestigious productions to this year's annual Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

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Drama Department to perform 'Streetlights' at the State Theatre
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 28 May 2012

The University of Pretoria's Drama Department was invited to perform with Napo Masheane (Village Gossip Productions) as part of the third anniversary of the Night of the Poets in the South African State Theatre on 30 May.

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Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba" presented by UP Drama Department
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 19 May 2012

Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba" is on at the Masker Theatre from 22 to 26 May 2012.

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Drama for Life!
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 15 May 2012

The University of Pretoria’s Drama Department, in association with the University of the Witwatersrand’s Drama for Life Programme, will host the fifth annual Africa Research Conference in Applied Drama and Theatre entitled Applied Drama as Social Intervention in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts running from 16 to 17 November 2012 on the University of Pretoria’s main campus.

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Taking chances, giving direction...
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 04 May 2012

"Some You Can See… Others Not At All", choreographed by Kyle de Boer, forms part of the DETOURS Physical Theatre and Dance project hosted by the Dramatic Arts department at Wits University.

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"Streetlights" shine for Presidency
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 23 Apr 2012

The Drama Department was invited to perform as part of the Presidency's Freedom Day commemorations on Monday 16 April.

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Drama mourns the loss of Prof Lynn Dalrymple
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 16 Apr 2012

It is with great sadness that the Drama Department learnt of the passing of Prof Lynn Dalrymple, a wonderful teacher, thinker, researcher and inspiration to generations of applied drama/theatre scholars and practitioners in South Africa. She died on Saturday, 14 April 2012 of kidney failure. Please see her obituary below, reprinted here with the permission of the author.

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Euripides and co visit Pretoria
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 12 Apr 2012

Under the supervision of Dr Estelle Zeeman, the Drama Department is hosting a gala evening showcasing three top contemporary adaptations of classical Greek dramas.

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The Way of Water, presented by UP's Drama Department
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 11 Apr 2012

Caridad Svich’s new play, The Way of Water, marks the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill this April with multiple readings across the US and abroad. The University of Pretoria's Drama Department, in collaboration with NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press, will present a play reading of this text.

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Educational Theatre 2012
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 28 Mar 2012

The Drama department’s annual touring educational theatre programmes ran from 14 to 20 March 2012. The programmes are developed annually under the supervision of Prof Marié-Heleen Coetzee.

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An illuminating choreo-poem at the Masker Theatre
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 19 Mar 2012

Poised to set the stage alight, director and playwright/poet Napo Masheane with the University of Pretoria’s Drama department proudly present their latest production, “Street Lights With Lips”.

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Drama Current Affairs
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 09 Mar 2012

Drama staff is regularly involved in a variety of interesting and stimulating activities.

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Children's theatre: Pippy puts on her Longstockings!
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 12 Jan 2012

The Drama Department proudly presents its children's theatre production for 2012, "The Adventures of Pippy Longstocking", directed by stage and screen veteran Estelle Zeeman. Note that the production is staged in Afrikaans.

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Pioneer in educational drama passes away
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 07 Nov 2011

Dorothy Heathcote, world-renowned and pioneering educational drama teacher, died on 8th October 2011 at the age of 85.

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Penumbra at Aardklop National Arts Festival
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 28 Sep 2011

The Drama department will present the physical theatre production Penumbra on 6 and 7 October 2011 at the Aardklop National Arts Festival. Students from different year groups partake in the production. The production won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2011 Grahamstown Arts Festival.

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Gogola - Growth through Knowledge
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 26 Sep 2011

The executive head of the Aardklop National Arts Festival asked the department to create this exciting project in collaboration with AngloGold Ashanti's environmental management division. The project centres on environmental awareness and protection.

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A new movement begins
Chris Broodryk
Posted on 20 Sep 2011

The Drama Department proudly presents "Choreog 2011".

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The 'Frontlines' of war and conflict
Posted on 15 Aug 2011

"Frontlines", the latest Drama production, is a collaboration with DUT and UKZN that creatively explores aspects of war and global conflict. It runs from 23-27 August 2011.

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Drama student receives expert training abroad
Posted on 07 Jun 2011

Odia Jordaan successfully completed a number of Playback Theatre Training courses at the Centre for Playback Theatre in the USA as part of her practical work towards her MA degree in Drama. Odia was privileged to have her courses presented by the founders of Playback Theatre, Jonathan Fox and Jo Salas.

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Moliere and Genet feature in Drama double bill
Posted on 11 May 2011

The Drama Department proudly presents a drama double bill by acclaimed actor and director Pieter Brand, "Die Geleerde Dames" (Moliere) and "The Maids" (Genet).

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International theatre legend passes away
Posted on 09 May 2011

The Drama Department mourns the passing of world renowned voice expert Arthur Lessac, who died in April.

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Centre Stage with Napo Masheane (Part Two)
Posted on 05 May 2011

The second part of Prof Coetzee's interview with dynamic theatre writer-director Napo Masheane.

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Exciting new play presents hair salon as South African microcosm
Posted on 20 Apr 2011

The Drama Department is proud to present writer-director Napo Masheane's "Hair & Comb", an original work set against an urban city backdrop for a uniquely contemporary South African play.

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Katinka Heyns-Barnard receives honorary degree
Posted on 18 Apr 2011

On 14 April 2011, South African entertainment legend Katina Heyns-Barnard received an honorary doctorate from the UP Drama Department.

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Centre stage with Napo Masheane (Part One)
Posted on 04 Apr 2011

Prof Coetzee interviews Sotho cultural activist, actress, playwright, poet and director Napo Masheane, a guest director in the Drama department. Napo was born in Soweto (Gauteng) and grew up in Qwaqwa (Free State). The recipient of a number of scholarships and awards, she made her mark as a multi-skilled theatre artist on both international and national stages. A founding member of Feela Sista! Spoken Word Collective, she is also the director of her own company, Village Gossip Productions. Currently, she is one of the few black women directors in the country.

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Drama visits Cirque du Soleil
Posted on 30 Mar 2011

Fulbright scholar Heidi Hoffer organised a departmental visit to the internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil.

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Educational theatre speaks to young audiences
Posted on 25 Mar 2011

The Drama department's annual touring educational theatre programmes ran from 14 - 18 March 2011. The programmes are developed under the supervision of prof Marié-Heleen Coetzee. The programmes are presented in collaboration with the SAPS Villeria, the Tshwane Metro Police and Kilnerpark Security as part of their crime prevention programmes and their drive to encourage responsible citizenship.

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Emergency Exercise Phoenix Ortia
Posted on 28 Feb 2011

Following the success of the training programme THEBE, the Airports Company South Africa (AKSA) requested the involvement of the Drama students again for the 2011 training programme Phoenix Ortia.

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UP Drama welcomes Fulbright Scholar
Posted on 17 Feb 2011

Prof Heidi Hoffer is a renowned American scenographer with years of international experience as a scene and lighting designer, and a scenic artist for the theatre. She obtained her MFA (Master of Fine Arts) from Northwestern University and is currently a Fulbright Traditional Scholar at the University of Pretoria Drama Department. In addition, she is a Scenic Artist member of USAA.

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The Giant's Garden
Posted on 20 Jan 2011

This year's children's theatre is sure to enchant!

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Identity, history and Mapungubwe
Posted on 22 Nov 2010

Prof Marié-Heleen Coetzee presented a paper at an international conference at Goldsmiths University, London, on the transformations of narrative in the postcolonial era. The conference was from 11 to 13 November 2010.

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Drama lecturers receive Education Innovation award
Posted on 09 Nov 2010

Mr Johan Visser and Mr Rian Terblance received an Education Innovation Award on 25 October 2010. This award was for implementing technology in leading individual members of large groups of students into co-operative and self paced learning.

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Drama student wins top award
Posted on 27 Oct 2010

Nico Scheepers, a third year student at the Drama Department, won the award for best director for his self written play "Kolom" at this year's ATKV Tienertoneelkompetise (competition for teen theatre).

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'Hegter': please note amended show times
Posted on 06 Oct 2010

Please note that the show times for "Hegter", which opens 7 October, is at 20:00 in the evenings, and not at 19:00 as previously advertised.

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'Hegter' explores destructive dimension to relationships
Posted on 28 Sep 2010

"Love and sex are like politics: it's not what you say that matters, still less what you mean, but what you do..."

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Blast from the Past
Posted on 27 Aug 2010

Estelle Zeeman's "The Red Light Canteen" opened on 26 August to a packed house and an appreciative audience.

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Important Krêkvars schedule change
Posted on 26 Jul 2010

Please note the following Krêkvars schedule change:

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Like Show Business
Posted on 05 Jul 2010

The Drama department returned from Grahamstown after successful runs at the National Arts Festival.

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Ellis Pearson: Exploring African Physical Theatre
Posted on 01 Jul 2010

Award winning actor Ellis Pearson was a short-term artist-in-residence at the Drama Department in May 2010. Ellis worked primarily with the Honours movement and acting students. He held an open workshop for undergraduate students that was very well received.

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Grahamstown 2010
Posted on 01 Jul 2010

The Drama Department had two productions at this year's National Arts Festival.

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Give a Dam
Posted on 09 Apr 2010

The University of Pretoria’s Drama Department is proud to present “ Dammed UP”, a production conceived and directed by Zwelakhe Mtsaka, with the creative and conceptual contributions from the cast.

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Dancing in the woods again
Posted on 09 Apr 2010

The Drama Department of the University of Pretoria is staging THE CRUCIBLE again. This is due to popular demand, after a highly successful run in 2009.

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Educational Theatre 2010
Posted on 07 Apr 2010

The Drama department’s annual touring educational theatre programmes ran from 15-19 March 2010. The programmes are developed under the supervision of Prof Marié-Heleen Coetzee since 2003. The programmes are presented in collaboration with the SAPS Villeria, SAPS Brooklyn, the Tshwane Metro Police and Kilnerpark Security as part of their crime prevention programmes. Kilnerpark Security estimated that the programmes played for up to 8 000 learners.

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Drama @ Career Expo
Posted on 25 Mar 2010

The Drama Department was represented at the annual Soweto Career Expo on 23 and 24 March 2010.

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William and the Grey Suits
Posted on 03 Feb 2010

This is a journey - discover that happiness is a choice.
Dare to make that choice.
Dare to dream in colour.
It's time for children's theatre again!


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Ready for 2010!
Posted on 13 Jan 2010

As the start of the 2010 academic year quickly approaches, the Drama Department would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students as well as the familiar faces returning to their studies.

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Krêkvars 2009
Posted on 02 Oct 2009

As in previous years, the 2009 Krêkvars Students Arts Festival, hosted by the Drama Department, will be remembered as a resounding success. The official opening was attended by representatives of the Czech Republic embassy and the Brazilian embassy, as well as representatives from other local drama departments. In addition, familiar industry figures such as Eloise Cupido, Melt Sieberhagen (“District 9”), Hannes Brummer (“Kompleks”) and Shareen Swart (“7de Laan”) were also in attendance. Sieberhagen and Brummer brought their side-splitting stand-up comedy show, “The Flying Dutchman”, to the festival.



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Congratulations Brumilda!
Posted on 03 Aug 2009

Veteran actress and Drama Department alumna Brumilda van Rensburg was introduced into the Foxwood Walk of Fame this past Sunday 02 August 2009.

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Lights! Action! Camera!
Posted on 24 Jul 2009

UP Drama Department, is producing the play "I Am A Camera" by John van Druten, on which the musical Cabaret was based. The production features Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Diary of the 1930’s, and although not a musical, the action will be interspersed with music from that era.


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Exciting experimental installation-performance
Posted on 24 Apr 2009

Since time immemorial humankind has tried to establish its place and reason for existence in time and space. But the notion of tempero-spatial reality, like the proverbial mat, has been pulled from under our feet. Introducing: cyberspace, the internet, alternative realities and existence.

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Witch hunt!
Posted on 24 Apr 2009

In “The Crucible”, presented by UP Drama, a group of girls are discovered dancing in the woods. This discovery leads to riveting and explosive consequences in their society. The narrative that unfolds entails an intricate love story between John Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth. Their relationship is complicated by Abigail’s youthful passion for John.

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Drama at Paddy Crean!
Posted on 25 Feb 2009

Three drama students, Tiloshne Govender, Luan Jacobs and Dillion Naicker were awarded scholarships to participate in the Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop/Symposium.

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'The Witches' are upon us!
Posted on 11 Feb 2009

The Department of Drama's children's theatre production of Roald Dahl's much loved "The Witches" officially opened on 10 February 2009.

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Notice: Honours students 2009
Posted on 14 Jan 2009

All honours students enrolled at the Department of Drama for 2009 are reminded of their first general meeting.

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Drama Lecturer receives Laureate Award
Posted on 18 Dec 2008

Dr Estelle Zeeman, a lecturer at the Department of Drama, has received a Laureate Award "for exceptional contribution made with regard to education innovation at UP."

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Notice to current students
Posted on 18 Dec 2008

Current students should take note of the following announcements.

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Roald Dahl comes to UP Drama!
Posted on 21 Nov 2008

UP Drama's children's theatre production for 2009 is already in progress. Pieter Bosch Botha, one of South Africa's most exciting young actor-directors will direct Roald Dahl's "The Witches".

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First year auditions for 2009
Posted on 15 Oct 2008

The time frame for the registration for auditions of prospective first year Drama students has been extended.

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TAKING A NEW LOOK AT MACBETH
Posted on 20 Aug 2008

The proverbial dust is shaken from Shakespeare with a new approach to Macbeth, directed by Estelle Zeeman at the UP Drama Department. This production is a modern version of the classical text where for example the atmosphere of a cocktail bar/club is created in a place called The Heath, instead of the open Scottish highlands the words refer to.

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Krêkvars Arts Festival 2008
Posted on 22 Jul 2008

The University of Pretoria's Drama department is proud to present the 8th annual Krêkvars Arts Festival. The Festival is sponsored by the Transnet Foundation this year, and promises more action, more fun and more magic than ever before.

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Mummenschanz visits UP Drama!
Posted on 19 Jun 2008

The Department of Drama was highly privileged to attend a neutral mask workshop hosted by the renowned Mummenschanz theatre company,

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Mapungubwe Stories 19 to 24 May 2008
Posted on 22 May 2008

On 19 May 2008, the Department of Drama launched one of its most culturally significant productions of the year, a work that will stand out as part of the centenary celebrations of the University of Pretoria.

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Theatre for Development
Posted on 16 May 2008

From 12 to 16 May 2008 the Department of Drama's Theatre for Development (TFD) initiative delivers multiple performances in a variety of challenging spaces, from campus to Laudium, from Hammanskraal to C-Max prison.

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John Murrell's 'Waiting for the Parade'
Posted on 25 Apr 2008

The UP Department of Drama proudly presents John Murrell's superlative character drama, "Waiting for the Parade", directed by television and stage veteran Pieter Brand and starring a cast of honours students.

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