Rhodes University Drama Department offers an integrative approach to drama studies. We emphasise the body as expressive medium in locating and training unique, indigenous performance languages. Most of our teaching staff are practitioners themselves affording students an intensive interface between choreography, performance, theoretical and administrative studies. Our strong undergraduate programme prepares students for a comprehensive selection of eleven Honours papers. Our post graduates produce a variety of high quality works drawing from all disciplines and genres of performance.
Each year the Rhodes Drama Department and resident company First Physical Theatre Company produce at least ten productions at the National Arts Festival with alumni featuring in over thirty. To date, we have produced four Young Artists Award winners, taught four of the six physical actors who auditioned for Cirque du Soleil (2008) and our staff have presented productions and conference papers in more than ten countries. Our alumni stretch from the Hollywood sublime (the Borg Queen) to the Boksburg ridiculous (Twakkie), to five of the ten South African university dance and drama departments. In recent years, graduates have won Arts and Culture Trust awards, Naledi awards, FNB Dance Umbrella awards, Gauteng MEC Dance and Choreography nominations, a SPAT award, a Daimler-Chrysler South African Choreography nomination and a KZN DanceLink nomination.
Young Director's Season 14'
Don't miss this fantastical 30 minute reimagining of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina from the 28th-30th August at the Drama Department! Directed and Designed by solo honours director Megan Wright; and devised in collaboration with the ensemble cast, Blue Moon is set to steal the stage this August.
Dripping with darkly ironic humour, Blue Moon, a fantastical social satire is best described as a local visual feast, shrouded in the finest Russian etiquette.
“Na Zdorovie: to health and good breeding.”
‘The moon of betrayal’ hangs high in a starless sky as Lady Anna Karenina engages in an impulsive yet invigorating love affair with a young jockey, Count Alexei Vronsky.
Her suspecting husband; a group of Moscow’s most inquisitive socialites; and fate, naturally, cannot condone her misguided infidelities and the allure of the blue light begins to fade to a flickering ideal.
Thus, the bet is on, the race must begin and the tragic breaking of a horse’s back at the Moscow July of 1873 can only lead to one thing: fatal consequences aboard a hell-bound steam train to ruin.
Tickets available at the theatre cafe!
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