Go big or go home: drama and celebration at DSG Grahamstown

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

St Andrew’s College and the Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape recently presented Ipi Zombi?, a production of bewitching visions from the pen of provocative South African theatremaker, Brett Bailey.

The play is based on an actual event. On 29 September 1995, a van carrying 15 boys from Carl Malcolmess School went off the road 28 km from Kokstad. Twelve boys were killed. One of the survivors reported seeing a flash of 50 fiendish women in the wild sweep of headlights — and community hysteria mushroomed overnight. This saga, complete with savage ritual and schoolboys on the trail of vicious witches, begs for a production of spectacular proportions.

Through the creative genius and superb direction of Wesley Deintje, Ipi Zombi? reflected the spirit of collaboration that exists in the drama, art, dance and music departments of both schools.

Not to be outdone by the seniors, DSG Junior School has just staged Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on the children’s classic by Roald Dahl. The play was a visual feast of giant sweets, little machines, dolls, geese and of course a host of Oompa Loompas!

DSG kicked off its 140th anniversary this year on the first Sunday of the academic year, when the staff and scholars of DSG enjoyed a commemorative chapel service, after which they formed the number 140 on the grass field. The festivities concluded with a celebratory brunch at which cupcakes emblazoned with the DSG logo icing were served.

Several more events have been planned to mark this significant milestone. The official DSG Founders’ Day falls on 26 July.

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