By chance, a performance of one of the Department of Drama’s Theatre for Development (TFD) projects was witnessed by Ms Alta Maré, the manager of the UP Youth Choir, during the TFD performance week. The TFD group, with facilitators Lee Visagie, Tiaan Slabbert, Venicha Coetzee, Ansu Visser, Leslie van Wyk, and their actors Noxolo Dlamini, Jeandrè van der Westhuizen, Brandon Engelbrecht, Michael McMeeking, Barbara Wedi, Candice Botha and Robert Skinner, devised a programme which deals with problems and issues concerning women abuse, entitled Rouge. The content matter and messages of Rouge spoke directly to the vision of ZAZI, and the group was invited to perform at the Musaion launch of the campaign.
On Friday evening, the TFD students presented a powerful, professional, polished performance, which was both entertaining and informative, to a highly appreciative audience. They shared the stage with a number of choirs, including the UP Youth Choir. The audience included VIPs from various governmental departments, the University and other stakeholders in the ZAZI campaign – among them Ms Lulama Xingwana, Minister of the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.
Congratulations and thanks to the Drama students involved!