Archive for August, 2014

By Luzuko Magengelele (Grade 10)

Sizalwa ngamakhosikazi athwala iqhiya zothando

Amaqhawekazi abhing’ amalaphu oxolo esinqeni

See, our mothers’ hearts have been bruised,

battered and butchered

by the height of injustices, slavery and oppression.

Yet miraculously these remarkable creatures still manage

to carry hearts that never hate and smiles that never fade.

Our mothers know what it means and how it feels

to be frequented by pain and suffering,

Constantly being discriminated against because

of dark skin and thick lips and round hips;

Constantly being physically, emotionally and sexually victimised;

Constantly being made to feel inferior even by our own fathers

Being denied the freedom to voice out their opinions

because apparently a woman’s place is in the kitchen

where the pots and pans are and not in the making

of decisions

Forgetting that the world actually needs our voice

because a woman’s voice is a voice of love;

In a world starving for attention

We just not given the same amount of respect we deserve.

But see, women are the divas of hope

We fearlessly walk through the rain in hopes that

after the rain the rainbow will follow

And it is this that allows us to not sit and sulk;

drowning in oceans of self-pity, counting our sorrows and misfortunes

 Instead we pray and by the grace of God

We are able to conquer the most turbulent storms

and still manage to stare back at our reflection

With triumphant eyes and victorious smiles

we are truly amaqhawekazi

Nur-Aini Benjamin

Acting. Sounds simple right? Get up on stage and pretend to be someone you’re not, make a few funny faces. Easy-peasy, anyone could do it, heh?

Well, not actually. Acting is not as easy as it sounds – it requires a lot more strength than just ‘voice projection’ and ‘body language’. Claremont High’s very own Aimee Henderson would know, as she so bravely performed a monologue of Macbeth in the Shakespeare School’s Festival last week Wednesday. Those who attended the performance would know how spectacular it was – on stage. This goes for all the performances seen on that night. Behind the scenes pre-performance planning was emotionally, physically and mentally straining. It takes a lot to keep your Gr 11 academic life up to date whilst attending after school and weekend rehearsals, learning a gazillion Shakespearean lines and we all know what stage fright feels like – it’s only about 100 times worse than that feeling you get before doing a ‘measly-in-comparison’ class oral. Thus, to Aimee who conducted a one-woman show without growing a big head or losing her mind – we highly commend you.
The Shakespeare School’s Festival SA is a nationwide festival adapted from the UK’s festival, wherein many high schools put on a 30-minute abridged version of one of William Shakespeare’s greatest literary works. Organised and Directed by Kseniya Fillinova-Bruton, the festival started on Monday evening, with four performances per evening at the Artscape Theatre in Town. Wednesday night saw Aimee’s Macbeth performance as the opening act, followed by Camp’s Bay High’s Gr9s’ hilarious adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream –a love quad, a coloured boer, a sarcastic evil genius, and a Toni-Soprano-voiced fairy messenger – the audience was cracking up all the way through. I sure don’t regret missing seeing that pun-filled play. After a short recess, Camp’s Bay’s Gr 11s took to the stage to perform Othello, a spectacular performance following the story of love, loss, betrayal and a Shakespeare must – death. Closing the evening with a Shakespeare classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing was Wynberg boys and seven girls, the play consisting of a masqueraded party getting the audience dancing in their seats.
The evening wasn’t completely Shakespeare-filled, however. Hosted by comedian Daylin Thomas who had the audience wheezing with laughter with all his political jokes, the evening could not have run any smoother.

Some of the participants

Some of the participants

Taking part in the Shakespeare School’s Festivals has been an absolutely amazing experience. Thanks to Krystle D’uneville, Aimee’s Director, we have had such an amazing feel of being in theatre. Spending Wednesday at the Artscape was one of the most productive, fun-filled day’s I’ve spent absent from school. There is so much backstage work – lighting, stage work, sound – that goes into making a production happening, it’s just amazing; and so is the feel of being on stage with an audience screaming and applauding you. Our dressing room was just as fancy as the one’s on TV – with the bright light’s running all around the mirror. I definitely encourage as many of you to take part in the festival next year – whether you understand Shakespeare or not.