Kirsty Cunnington, English School Manager and coordinator of the drama group`s performance of a play at the annual Infecting The City Festival gives an overview of the event:
The Scalabrini English School is incredibly proud of the Drama Group who performed their piece, Centre, as part of the Infecting the City public arts festival in Cape Town last week. On Thursday and Friday evening, around 150 festival-goers arrived at the Scalabrini hall and were enthralled and entertained by the stories and frustrations of our talented group of refugee and asylum seeker students. The performance engaged the audience with talk of first impressions, surviving the city, random meetings, problems with English, and childhood memories of countries left behind. Bravely yet intimately, the performers faced the audience and laid their lives before them, resulting in huge applause and standing ovations both nights. Filmed interviews with the director and cast followed each performance so watch this space for future videos documenting the event.
Many thanks must go to the director, Rosa Postlethwaite, who worked tirelessly with the students under challenging circumstances, and of course huge congratulations to the performers themselves for their amazing commitment, passion and personal development in this area – Bravo!