2016 Winners

Feedback from the Judge Ismail Mohammed (Director of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown ) made after the FEDA finals about our work.


The four productions chosen by Sylvaine Strike and Nat Ramabulana for the finals of the Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Art (FEDA) celebrated and honoured the power that theatre holds when it is the architecture of our consciousness

More than just celebrating excellence in dramatic art, FEDA offers us hope. It raises the profile that young people who are exposed to the arts have a better chance of becoming socially conscious and socially responsible citizens.

Hats off to Janet Baylis, Phillippa Sandilands and the 52 teachers whose work is a testimony that when political leadership fails it is theatre that can offer young people a moral and political compass. It offers them a voice for their moral outrage. It gives them the insight to re-envision our society. And in the face of profound failures by political leadership, theatre gives young people the bold courage to step right in front and to challenge us. It gives them the power to take ownership of how society can be shaped.

At the National Arts Festival this year, catch the 2016 winning FEDA play, ECLIPSED written by Danai Gurira and performed by St Mary's School (Waverley). This poignant and gut-wrenching saga about five young women whose lives are enmeshed in the Liberian Civil War is an emotionally powerful play about helplessness and the human impulse to adapt and survive under the cruelest circumstances of war.

If there is going to be one Fringe production that offers you a universal statement about the impact of war on young women --- and which is performed by five young women with astonishing conviction and remarkable acting skill --- then I have no doubt that it will be St Mary's production of Danai Gurira's play ECLIPSED

Best Costume and Make-up

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Tshiamo Motlapele

Born Naked
Lebone II – College Of The Royal Bafokeng

Best Stage Crew

Numbers - St Stithians Girls

The Crew

Numbers
St. Stithian’s Girls

Best Lighting

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Zuleka Kraai

For Colored Girls
St. Mary’s School For Girls – Waverley

Best Sound

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Siphosihle Mbuli

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St. Mary’s School For Girls – Waverley

Best Special Effects/Audio Visual

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The Cast & Crew

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St. Mary’s School For Girls – Waverley

Best Set Design

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Victoria Chemaly

Eclipsed
St. Mary’s School For Girls – Waverley

Best Cameo Performance – Male

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Katleho Pobe

Karoo Gothic
Crawford College – Lonehill

Best Cameo Performance – Female

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Rebecca Matison

A Long Time Ago
King David – Victory Park

Best Ensemble

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The Cast

Displaced
St. Stithian’s Boys

Best Chorus Work

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The Cast

Luister
St. Andrew’s School for Girls

Best Original Script

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Devon Kampmann

Luister
St. Andrew’s School for Girls

Most Cutting Edge Production

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The Cast & Crew

Pap & Corrupt
Sacred Heart College

Best Supporting Actor

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Mike Bergh

The Fugue
Kingsmead College

Best Supporting Actress

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Sandile Parirenyatwa

Eclipsed
St. Mary’s School For Girls – Waverley

Best Actor

The Indian Want The Bronx

Yarin Neuhaus

The Indian Want The Bronx
Crawford College - Sandton

Best Actress

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Tshidziambi Mufamadi

Eclipsed
St. Mary’s School For Girls – Waverley

Best Director

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Victoria Chemaly

Eclipsed
St. Mary’s School For Girls – Waverley

Most Inspirational Production

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Born Naked

Lebone II – College Of The Royal Bafokeng

Best Production

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Eclipsed

St. Mary’s School For Girls – Waverley

Best Actress

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Tshidziambi Mufamadi

Eclipsed
St. Mary’s School For Girls – Waverley

Feedback from the Judge Ismail Mohammed (Director of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown ) made after the FEDA finals about our work.


The four productions chosen by Sylvaine Strike and Nat Ramabulana for the finals of the Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Art (FEDA) celebrated and honoured the power that theatre holds when it is the architecture of our consciousness.

More than just celebrating excellence in dramatic art, FEDA offers us hope. It raises the profile that young people who are exposed to the arts have a better chance of becoming socially conscious and socially responsible citizens.

Hats off to Janet Baylis, Phillippa Sandilands and the 52 teachers whose work is a testimony that when political leadership fails it is theatre that can offer young people a moral and political compass. It offers them a voice for their moral outrage. It gives them the insight to re-envision our society. And in the face of profound failures by political leadership, theatre gives young people the bold courage to step right in front and to challenge us. It gives them the power to take ownership of how society can be shaped.

At the National Arts Festival this year, catch the 2016 winning FEDA play, ECLIPSED written by Danai Gurira and performed by St Mary's School (Waverley). This poignant and gut-wrenching saga about five young women whose lives are enmeshed in the Liberian Civil War is an emotionally powerful play about helplessness and the human impulse to adapt and survive under the cruelest circumstances of war.

If there is going to be one Fringe production that offers you a universal statement about the impact of war on young women --- and which is performed by five young women with astonishing conviction and remarkable acting skill --- then I have no doubt that it will be St Mary's production of Danai Gurira's play ECLIPSED.