This year, St Benedict’s College decided to raise the bar concerning the Inter-House Play Festival. Instead of just one round of play performances, the festival was divided into a semi-final round and a final. The five houses each had to produce a play in four weeks, directed by a senior learner, for the semi- finals. At the end of the semi-finals nominations for each award category were made and three of the five plays were selected to go through to the final to compete for the award of Best Production.
They plays that were presented ranged in genre including comedy, realism and absurdism. They also ranged in thematic concerns from the disturbing power of media to the devastation of alcohol abuse. There were over 90 boys from Grade eight to twelve involved in the event, be it on stage acting, crewing, stage-managing, designing lights, operating sound or directing. The standard of work produced and presented is a testament of the efforts of all parties: students; parents and staff collectively working together to provide opportunities, develop skills and promote excellence.
St Benedict’s College was fortunate to have adjudicators from the performing Arts industry to judge the competition, namely Pabi Molio; Zaheda Mohamed; Rethabile Mothobi and Ivan Jones.