About FEDA

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The very best Drama Departments of High schools around Johannesburg enter FEDA each year.

2019 will be our 14th year!

The FEDA (Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts) is being held at the Fringe Theatre at the Joburg theatre complex from Thursday the 6th May to the 25th May 2019
The very best Drama Departments of High schools around Johannesburg enter each year. This is the 14th year we have held it.

The Festival was launched because there are many outstanding High School Drama Departments who did not have a platform to showcase their work. Other festivals exist but they are not for Drama Specialists. Dramatic Arts is the fastest growing subject in Education and is a Higher Grade subject. The standard of work at FEDA is incredibly high and you are invited to enter judged on your reputation as a Drama Department.
We began with five productions and have 65 entries last year.

During the  Original Works section in the first week, plays are written by  students  and we have invited the world renowned theatre makers and practitioners, to judge this work such as Craig Morris and Sylvaine Strike. The Published works are held for 5 days after the Originals. There may be a change in 2019 with the Original Works on after the Published as devised work needs more time.

By having new adjudicators for each section, FEDA ensures that there is a fresh perspective on the work for each round and as you can see, we have invited amazing judges to see the work.

The final night will be held on the 25th. The standard of work presented is quite extraordinary and each year more young writers, directors, and performers showcase their talent. Students who have performed at FEDA have moved on to study at UCT, Wits, AFDA and even in London and L.A

This year the prize for the winning play is the chance to perform at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and a prize of R10 000.00. Also performances at the Soweto Theatre and a five thousand rand gift voucher from the Apple Store for best social media.

Our trophies are hand made by a wire art expert. His name is John Mkwane and he works on the corner of Oxford and Rudd road.

The festival is run by Phillipa Sandilands and Janet Baylis. Certificates and nominations are given to the schools after the festival. Check out the Fedafestival face book page for more information.

This year Lebone College II of the Royal Bafokeng  won the Festival with their original work “Malaika”.

Tickets are available from the Joburg Theatre website at www.joburgtheatre.com. R100.00

 

Given out every night for excellent work. Trophies are awarded to:

Trophies and Certificates

Best Production

Best Actress

Best Ensemble

Best Original Production

Best Production

Best Actress

Best Ensemble

Best Original Production

Schools Entered This Year:

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

THE ADJUDICATORS OF THE ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL:

SYLVAINE STRIKE
NAT RAMABULANA
CRAIG MORRIS
FIONA RAMSAY

THE ADJUDICATORS OF THE PUBLISHED WORKS FESTIVAL

NAT RAMABULANA
STEPHEN KOTZE

THE ADJUDICATORS OF THE FINAL NIGHT

ISMAIL MOHAMMED
DAWN LINDBERG

JOHANNESBURG THEATRE

The staff of the Fringe theatre for their professional expertise and assistance.