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Arts association hosts theatre, poetry awards

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Nthatuoa Koeshe

LOCAL theatre association, Canadian Theatre Family, is set to host its second comradeship awards for all theatre clubs from different districts of the country in September.

Canadian Theatre Family educates the society on various thematic socioeconomic development issues around wellbeing of people through theatre.

The first edition of the awards was held at Masianokeng High School in August last

One Love from Mazenod and the United Youth Theatre from the Berea district won the competition last year.

In the upcoming awards, 23 clubs from Maseru, Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Berea are set to compete based on themes which will be provided to them by the organisers.

The awards will be for poetry and drama with judges looking at how competitors manage the stage, audibility, body language and many other skills which improve their performance compared to other competitors.

Speaking to the Express People recently, founder and president of Canadian Theatre Family, Toka Ralikhomo, said the clubs were given two themes separately for poetry and drama.

He said for drama, the theme is ‘Life is a process’ while poets will work around the them ‘Greed’.

“The winners will get certificates and trophies while there will also be awards for individual outstanding performers for both poetry and drama in both the male and female categories,” Ralikhomo.

The trophies that the winner will be handed will be retained by the organisers at the next edition unless the winners retain them.

“If the club which won the trophy wins again in our next competition then we will give that club the trophy for keeps. Even though this is the second time we are hosting the competition, it is their first time that we have divided the competition into two segments.

“The second round of this competition will be on the first week of March next year,” he said.

Ralikhomo said the awards will be sponsored by Atom Nkhabu Japanese car importers.

He said they would also have comedian Lilaphalapha (born Bofihla ‘Neko) as a special guest while the judges will be established local actors.

Ralikhomo said the competition was vital to keep the youth busy and away from indecent activities which most idle young people are attracted to.

He said it was his hope that more youths can partake in similar activities as they are not only fun but also motivating.



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