Cheers on the night for Uplands actors

The play was produced in association with DALRO. It took place in the school’s amphitheatre from Wednesday to Friday, and tickets were sold out on each day.

The cast’s brilliant acting led to many laughs among the fully engaged audience. The production, which was packed with action and energy, kept the audience intrigued until the end with its racy script and provocative issues.

Adriaan Engelbrecht

The play, by renowned South African playwright, Paul Slabolepszy, is set in the summer of 1986. Five Durban teenagers are involved in a car accident after their matric dance. Boo to The Moon embraces themes relevant to teenagers and the everyday problems they face. The youngsters are stranded and vulnerable on a deserted highway and left to fend for themselves. As the evening unfolds, they begin to confront their insecurities and personal demons.

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Devin Möller, head of culture at Uplands College and director of the play, did a fantastic job along with his assistant director Katy van Greunen, stage manager Eleanor Viljoen, and technical directors, Mietani Chitambira and Conor Thomson. Martin de Aguiar gave a sterling performance as the feisty and rebellious Spider, who bumps heads with Coxie (Henu Badenhorst), the head boy and first team rugby player. The boys’ acting skills were put to the test with an onstage “fist” fight. Their superb execution left the crowd in awe.

Sinead Janse van Rensburg, Georgia Ayres and Henu Badenhorst

Georgia Ayres played Jessica, a prefect and top academic pupil waiting for a moment to rebel, a moment she finally has with Spider. Although it was not an easy scene to pull off, the pair managed to perfect it.

The supporting cast also gave top performances. Sinead Janse van Rensburg as Myrtle, the debating champion who knows many facts but little about the real world, impressed thecrowd, as did Adriaan Engelbrecht as the nerdy class clown, Allie, who gets completely intoxicated, left the crowd in stitches with his superb acting skills.

Boo to the Moon received a well-deserved round of applause at the end of the show. Due to popular demand, the production will also take place at the Uplands Festival from May 26 to 28. It is a definite must-see. It will leave you feeling amused and in awe of the talent that each pupil posses. Enquiries: 013-751-3141.

Danielle Sheedy
Features Writer

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