Khomasdal Gears Up for Theatre Festival

THE annual contemporary theatre festival of the longest surviving community theatre group, Committed Artists of Namibia (CAN), kicks off at the end of May.

The programme caters for two classic American plays staged for Namibian audiences as part of the group’s ongoing educational theatre outreach. While ‘Agnes of God’ by John Pielemeier will be staged this month, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by Dale Wasserman will be staged from 27 to 29 August.

The roles of the characters in ‘Agnes of God’ are portrayed by veteran actresses Felicity Celento in the part of Mother Superior Miriam Ruth. Celento has been acting for CAN for 26 years, most memorably in plays such as ‘King of the Dump’, ‘The Beauty Contest’, ‘Katutura ’59’ and ‘Road to Mecca’.

Tania Hartz portrays the court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr Martha Livingston in this play in which a nun is investigated for being pregnant. Hartz has previously acted in the CAN production of Athol Fugard’s play ‘The Road to Mecca’.

Young actress Inesh dos Ramos has been cast in the main role as Agnes, a victim of circumstances. Dos Ramos is a versatile actress with a great future in theatre. She made her stage debut in the cameo role of Kinnie in Frederick B Philander’s comedy, ‘The Bigamist’ in 2010.

Both plays are directed and adapted for the stage by Philander, artistic director of CAN.

‘Agnes of God’ will be staged nightly at 19h00 from 29 to 30 May at the Ultimate Theatre at the Eldorado School hall. Festival play tickets cost N$200 at the door.

Source : The Namibian