Sunday, August 30, 2009

Grahamstown Festival Revisited and the English Olympiad

- Ailsa Tudhope -

On the 6th of August a crowd of family members and friends settled back in the St John’s Church Hall to watch a presentation about the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Caleb, Abigail, Joshua and Matthew gave their impressions of the twelve shows they saw in an action-packed four days during July. Using a small stage, a ladder, several hats, home-made masks, a couple of crushed coke cans, and some innovative hair decorations, including feathers and a toy bird, the youngsters entertained their audience so well that Bokkie Botha said he’d definitely be going to the Festival next year. Each had written their own script describing a couple of productions and they collaborated in reading White Ant by Herman Charles Bosman and the hilarious Osadia Hairdressing item, which left Caleb with a military mohican incorporating a tank and Joshua sporting the feathers and toy bird! There was time after the performance to view the poster display used as a backdrop.

The evening ended with the presentation of the 2009 English Olympiad Certificates. Congratulations to Matthew and Abigail, who achieved Bronze and Joshua, who received a Silver certificate. All are looking forward to the 2010 Olympiad, which will be based upon a book of short stories.

Thank you to the Mums who brought a pan of soup and bread for the delicious supper which followed.

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