This year the Drama Department’s student-run theatre festival, Fresh from Fest, played host to five Western Cape institutions which returned from the Grahamstown National Arts Festival as part of the Student Theatre or Schools’ Festival.
Fresh from Fest, held in UCT’s Arena Theatre and Bindery Laboratory, was an opportunity to see six productions from surrounding Western Cape institutions. This year, the productions that were showcased included those from CityVarsity (The Price of Meat and Raw Meat), University of Stellenbosch (Unravelling), University of the Western Cape (Admission Reserved), Waterfront Theatre School (Edges) and UCT’s own Don’t Shoot the Harbinger (Winner of the Most Promising Student Scriptwriters award at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival).
This year, the fourth-year theatre making students who hosted and planned the event encouraged patrons to “Think/Act/Live/Be Fresh” – our slogan for the 2015 festival. This embodies the spirit of Fresh from Fest; fresh ideas turned into fresh theatre by fresh theatre makers. By holding Q&A sessions with cast members after their shows, the audience had an opportunity to engage critically with the work and understand the thought processes behind all of the pieces. While by hosting a karaoke evening, casts and audiences were able to mingle informally and sing Adele off key with no judgement. Okay, maybe a little judgement.
The organisers would like to take this opportunity to thank the Little Theatre for their tireless work in helping to make sure the festival didn’t cause a theatre to burn down, the third-year theatre makers for being a hands-on and enthusiastic crew, all of the cast and crew members from visiting institutions for being so sociable and for gracing our stages, and of course, to all of those who came to support; we hope you all left feeling that the future of theatre is in fairly capable, definitely fresh, hands. We hope that the festival will continue to be an opportunity for student creatives from all around the Western Cape to meet and network with one another through the one thing that links us all; the theatre.
Contact usCentre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies University of Cape Town Private Bag X3 7701 Rondeboschctdps@uct.ac.za