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Dramatic Arts

Sarafina Poster

Dramatic Arts is a popular subject at Lebone II College. Students are exposed to the Dramatic Arts from the Lower School and they can take it as a full-time, specialist subject through to matric. The subject covers the history of theatre and the practical application of dramatic principals, and also looks at all the technical aspects of theatre, from acting to costume and set design, make-up, lighting, sound and production elements.

Drama equips students with creative, problem-solving, conflict-resolution and communication skills. Elements of the subject such as sensory and emotional perception, and emotional intelligence promote self-confidence, while the historical and philosophical components are vital for a 21st century student.

Students who take Visual Art, Design and Dramatic Art also gain practical experience during drama and live productions, where the stage make-up, set and prop designs, audio and floor management are manned by the students themselves. 

“An extraordinary spectacle of original oral storytelling and cultural spectacle, using the dynamics of chorus. Beautiful and fluid transitions; confrontational and extraordinarily tender. A beautiful piece of theatre that astounds in its honesty about the power of love to overcome human prejudice and bloodlust. Deeply moving and provocative.” - Wendy Coen, National Arts Association Adjudicator

“Nothing could have prepared me for the extent of talent that powers this very important theatre festival. These young voices are indicative of how extraordinarily in touch our children are with the pain, beauty, sorrow, delicacy, funniness, horror, complexity, hope, despair, shame, honesty, and uniqueness that make us South African. These devised works were conceived by the participants, with so many of them being of mind-blowingly high standard- some of which could have premiered in any theatre tomorrow. This is why Drama as a school subject is an indisputable necessity- it makes of the world an enlightened place, simple.”Sylvaine Strike, Director 

“Tonight’s final night of the FEDA Festival was a dynamic testimony that through the arts we’ll be able to become more conscious of the other and become a more humanized society. Section 16 of the South African constitution guarantees us Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Creativity; and the participating schools have taken ownership of those Freedoms. The FEDA festival gives us the Freedom to Experience Democracy Actively.

The four plays staged tonight dealt with difficult subjects about identity, race, privilege, representation and power; and hats off to the students for engaging, challenging, inspiring us and for giving us the opportunity to envision the kind of society we can possibly have. – Ismail Mahomed, Chief Executive Officer at Market Theatre Foundation

“I was very privileged to have been invited to attend the finals of the 2018 FEDA festival in Johannesburg. Oh my gosh - what an amazing thing to have been part of last night. I had no idea what to expect, and was completely blown away at everything that we saw on stage last night. I own an event company in Johannesburg, and have worked in events for the last 30 years. I have been very privileged in my short life to experience many amazing theatre productions all over the world (in our own country, on the West End, on Broadway, in Last Vegas and in the East), and there are less than a handful that moved me like the piece from Lebone College last night did. I literally had goosebumps from the first minute to the last - and many of the minutes of their time on stage, I spent wiping away all my tears.

I grew up on the KZN South Coast and I feel so jealous that when I was at school many years ago, down on the South Coast, there wasn't anything that happened like we saw last night. In my next life, I want to come back as an actor, and one that goes to school at Lebone College!”  – Paul Warner, Owner 24 Carrots

FEDA and 'Malaika' were showcased on SABC 1's iDentity - the segment starts approximately 24 minutes into the clip.


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