AFDA STUDENTS NOMINATED AT 55th FLEUR DU CAP THEATRE AWARDS

News, 14 February 2020



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The nominees for the prestigious 55th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards have been unveiled and for the third year running two AFDA Live Performance students have been nominated in the Most Promising Student Actor category. This year sees the nomination of Cape Town campus graduates Basetsana Molepo and Ntlanhla Kutu. In 2018 and 2019 AFDA graduates Luntu Masiza and Nancy Sekhokoane won with the coveted Most Promising Student Actor award. 

In tracking upcoming talent, the Fleur du Cap Awards panel watched more than 35 student performances during the year. It reported the standard at the tertiary institutions has shown tremendous growth and that the trajectory of some students directly to the professional stage is testament to that.

The institutions are ACT Cape Town, AFDA, City Varsity, CTDPS The Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies at UCT, LAMTA (Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy), Magnet Theatre, Northlink College, University of Stellenbosch Department of Drama and Waterfront Theatre School. 

AFDA Cape Town Head of Live Performance School, Liz Mills, had this to say on the AFDA students nominations; “Congratulations to Basi and Ntlanhla on their nominations. We enjoyed the curiosity, commitment and passion that they brought to their work and it is so satisfying to see them acknowledged in this way. I am also incredibly proud of my small team of staff whose vision and dedicated work makes these achievements possible.” 

Now, the countdown begins to the gala awards function on 22 March when the winners in this performing arts calendar highlight will be announced. The showcase is to be hosted at The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

“I am over the moon about the nomination and so grateful to those who have helped me along the way. I would also like to extend enormous amounts of gratitude to the AFDA Live Performance department (internal and external) for the amazing work they do with their students. From the Dean to the ground staff of AFDA, Thank you!” says Ntlanhla.   

Established in 1965, the annual Fleur du Cap awards known as South Africa's leading performing arts competition, focuses on professional theatre productions staged in Cape Town and environs. It is sponsored by Distell and has served as launching pad for many of the country's most prominent names in theatre, while honouring many of its most established talents.

“The news about the nomination came at the most serendipitous time for me. At a point where i found myself struggling to adapt to the post degree structure and somewhat losing faith in myself. It was simultaneously a loud and gentle affirmation to believe in my capability and power. I couldn’t be more honoured to be nominated alongside Nhlanhla and would humbly accept second place to him.” says Basetsana. 

Congratulating the latest nominees, newly appointed judging panel chairperson Africa Melane says the standard of entries remains world-class. "Each year we're faced with a very difficult task of having to select from an exceptional, high-quality line-up. Once again, the nominees have set the bar high.”

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