Hungry for Educational Theatre


By Frederick Philander


A puppet play, The Trumpet Player, last week made inroads into the rural school population of the South and the East, intriguing youth audiences with standing ovations.

The play, a commissioned work by the national youth theatre organization, Assitej-Namibia, was as part of the first leg of the programme performed to full houses in Rehoboth (Dr. Lemmer High), Mariental Secondary School, Gibeon’s //Aoseb Secon- dary School, PK de Villiers Secondary School at Keetmanshoop, Karasburg Secondary School and Wennie du Plessis Secondary School at Gobabis.

Many of the learners, who attended showed a profound interest in the art of puppetry as an educational tool in Namibian schools.

The second leg of the programme, financed by the Finnish embassy in Windhoek, starts this week with performances in Okahandja, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Windhoek.

The actors in the play are Richard Swartz (also the director) and actress Anna Louw.

“This play has the potential to be staged beyond Namibia’s borders to make the youth more aware of the dangers of the AIDS-pandemic yearly killing hundreds of thousands of youth in the Southern African Region,” Richard Swartz said.

He expressed the hope that the ministry of Education will seek to introduce the Assitej-Namibia performances of The Trumpet Player as part of its ETSIP programme.


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