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TAP shine like stars at Naledi Awards

- Wits University

TAP graduates, alumni and lecturers scooped numerous awards at the Naledi Theatre Awards.

The Division of Theatre and Performance (TAP), in the Wits School of Arts shone bright at the recent Naledi Theatre Awards held on 19 April 2016 at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City.

The Naledi Theatre Awards have been in existence for 11 years. These awards recognise and reward excellence in the Performing Arts, to raise the profile of Live Theatre and to create awareness of the abundant talent alive and well on South Africa’s stages.

Graduates, alumni and lecturers in the division scooped numerous awards for their excellent productions in performing arts.

  • Best Production of a Play – Fishers of Hope written and directed by Lara Foot.
  • Best New South African Play – A Voice I Cannot Silence co-written by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson. Lawson was also received the Best Actor Award.
  • Best Director of a Play - Dom Gumede for Crepuscule which he began creating at Wits during his third year writing class a few years back.
  • Best Performance in a Children’s Theatre Production – Gamelihle Bovana in James and the Giant Peach.
  • Best Actress – Fiona Ramsay for both Doubt and Miss Dietrich Regrets.
  • Best Ensemble Production – Lepatata directed by Makaola Ndebele.
  • Best Musical Director – Rowan Bakker for Sister Act.

The production, A Voice I Cannot Silence was nominated for eight Naledi Awards and won three awards including Best New South African Play (Greg Homann & Ralph Lawson), Best Actor (Ralph Lawson), and Best Newcomer (Menzi Mkwane).

This work is based on the life and work of Alan Paton and is currently on at the A&G Theatre at Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg until 7 May 7 2016.  The play will be showcased at The Playhouse in Durban from 12 to 20 May 2016, and then move to The Fugard in Cape Town from 8 to 25 June 2016.

Head for the Division of Theatre and Performance at the Wits School of Arts Greg Homman said these awards are a wonderful achievement and his division is proud of all those honoured.

“I am delighted that the Theatre and Performance division can celebrate having graduates and lecturing staff that are at the forefront of making the best of South African theatre,” says Homman.               

“On behalf of the division I would like to congratulate all these winners. We are very proud to share an association between you and our department,” he adds.