| Krekvars: 50 Different Shows Stretch Tuk's Drama Students
The Krekvars Arts Festival, hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Drama department over the course of the last week, has become a well-anticipated event on the calendar, as well as an eagerly awaited social occasion for festival enthusiasts. Every year people come from all over to catch a few plays in one of three theatres and to take part in the festivities that take place in the refreshment area.
It all started in 2000 when then Head of Drama (Prof Allan Munro) decided to organise the Krekvars Festival around the Honours students’ Directing course, in which each student is required to direct a one-act play. The festival had such a good response that it was transformed into an open festival where other students and the public were also invited to put on productions.
Krekvars gives amateur and student performers a unique opportunity for creativity and experience that is extremely valuable in the fiercely competitive industry of the performing arts. The Festival also creates awareness and appreciation for the Arts in the local community as well as among the students and this year was no exception.
Many of the plays were very experimental. One moment they are exploring some very touchy and controversial issue and the next they have you in stitches. Some of the productions are gutsy, serious and controversial, others are light-hearted, hilarious and laced with social commentary. Each production is limited to 45 minutes and costs only R10 a show.
The standard is rather impressive in general and is intelligent, daring, colourful and creative. Some of the plays that stood out were The Wolf and Three sisters, written and directed by Peter Hubbard; Eendag was daar, written by Ernest A Loth and directed by Laetitia van Wyk; Phases, directed by Marek Steenkamp; Toys in the Attic, written and directed by Jurgens Nel Smuts; Suck, written and directed by Jurgens Nel Smuts; Skandaal, written by Liz Meiring and directed by Ben Algrain; Yellow Wood: Left, written and directed by Pieter Human; The Colour Atlas of Meat Inspection, written and directed by Rosa Ramlakan; Best served Cold, by Claudia Hauter; Read(h)er Theory by Matthew Lotter; Beld by Jurgens Nel Smuts; The Lotus Eaters by Lize-Mari Pretorius; One woman’s Love, Another woman’s Madness by Keorapetse Molaba; Vanilla by Michelle Ayden and Eric Holm; Sade(ism) by Chris van Rensburg; Nastergal by Pauline Theart; and the very popular Mythology of the Car Guard by Tony Byleveld and Christopher Almeida.
It is a wonderful opportunity all round. Whether you are a performer, writer or director, the exposure and experience gained by taking part in Krekvars is a serious benefit. This festival happens only once a year, in July, and is well worth the effort to check out if you are in need of a cultural excursion.
- For more information, visit www.krekvars.com and see for yourself what it's all about.
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