DUT DRAMA OPENS EYES THROUGH PLAYS
By: Sandile Zikhali
“We don’t just get on stage to entertain but we are hoping to teach and leave the crowd with
something to think about.”
These were the words from Farrell Drew, 3rd year Drama and Production student at the Durban University of Technology, a few moments before a play he directed took to stage.
The Drama and Production Department assigns every 3rd year to choose any play to direct and present on stage during the beginning of the second semester. Drew explained that this was a very challenging task since they have to work with a lot of people in most cases.
“With a lot of plays to choose from, I decided to direct a play I wrote myself which was also part of the National Arts Festival. The crew I chose to work with gave it all, they putted in long hours to make this possible,” Drew said.
Most of the plays have valuable lessons that one can pick up and apply them in real life situations.
Drew explained that his play as a way of exposing how the justice of South Africa has failed the people and how rich people can manipulate the system.
Zuzumuzi Mdamba, 1st year student and one of the students chosen up by the director to star in the play, said that this opportunity gave him the feeling of the stage and taught him performing tactics.
“The role that I related most to was the one where I played a rural young man fighting to win over the love of a local maiden. I say this because I hail from a rural background myself.
This play teaches about violence that usually take place in such circumstances,” Mdamba said.
He added that it also showed that dangerous love is when one is filled with envy and can do almost anything get what they want.
Attendance in the previous years has proven that such plays are received with a loud applause from the audience as students from residences bear the winter night cold to see these plays.
Mbali Mbhele, 3rd year Cost and Management student, said that she finds these plays interesting because they are more like real life classes to her.
“I have learnt a lot about my past from these plays and one the important lesson I picked was that one shouldn’t trust too much. There is some info that must remain a secret,” Mbhele explained.
She also added that her heart is very sad because these plays are going to take place for a short period of time but she is hoping that they will again take place before the year ends.