By Res4Res UCT
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Res4Res is the annual theatre festival held for UCT Residence students. This often includes two weekends of workshops where students receive crash-courses in writing for theatre, performing, directing and designing. Then, students are given a theme and each residence creates a theatre piece that performs in a week-long festival held at the Baxter Theatre Centre.
This year, however, things had to be done a little bit differently and the organisers of the festival decided to shift the festival onto a virtual space, allowing students to submit various art pieces on Vula. The workshop element of the festival was presented on videos made by industry professionals, including Larissa Mwanyama, Jemma Kahn, Ameera Conrad, Tiisetso Mashifane wa Noni, Tailyn Ramsamy and Kim Adonis. These could be viewed by students and had a bunch of tips, advice and guidelines for students wanting to create work for both physical and virtual spaces.
Every year a theme is announced and students interpret their work around this theme, allowing intricate understandings of socio-political issues or simply personal experiences with relation to the topic and this year was no different. Students were given the theme, Your Silence Will Not Protect You, which is a 2017 posthumous collection of essays, speeches, and poems by African American author and poet Audre Lorde.
Throughout August and September, 32 art works were submitted to the festival and will be showcased on Vula (https://vula.uct.ac.za/x/J1nxUo), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Res4Res2020) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/res4resuct) and we are excited to feature the following work selected as finalists of the festival:
– Wandile Nyembe (Speak Out and Break the Chains)
– Reatlegile Malatji (Thoughts)
– Ntsako Mlambo (A Story for Worker’s Day)
– Thobile Mahlangu (Your Silence Will Not Protect You)
– Sarah Du Preez (She closed her eyes)
– Anam Magudu (Hush)
The judges were truly blown away by the quality of the work submitted and struggled to select the finalists. “The technical execution and interpretation of theme was truly impressive. The students are super talented!” was Mwanyama’s summary of the submissions.
Be sure to catch the panel discussion with students from the festival and the festival judges, Ameera Conrad, Tailyn Ramsamy and Larissa Mwanyama, as well as Res4Res’s Creative Director, Kanya Viljoen, on Thursday 24 September on South Africa Theatre on Demand. UCT students and staff are also encouraged to go view all the submissions on the Vula site, Res4Res 2020 Virtual Fest, where they can vote for their own favourite as well.