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Saturday, March 22, 2014


(Chris Turner, Emily Spencer, Melissa Strydom, Sinikiwe Sifumba. Pic: Matthew Middleton – The Witness)

Durban learners and Rising Stars Performance Academy (RSPA) Theatre School students, Christopher Turner, Emily Spencer, Sinikiwe Sifumba and Melissa Strydom, have been selected by the National Theatre Scotland to represent South Africa, performing with the International Performing Company, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Countries represented by the International Performing Company are: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Wales and Scotland.

The four students will fly to Scotland in July and will be involved in one of five devising groups. These groups will work with professional directors, creative specialists, composers, designers, choreographers and technicians to create interactive installations and site-responsive street theatre at the Commonwealth Games.

Theatre School Director, Gill Brunings, says “The National Theatre of Scotland will cover accommodation, training and food whilst our students are there, but we urgently need help in raising funds to cover flight and visa costs.”

If there are businesses that would like to be involved and help these four talented students get to Glasgow, contact Brunings on 083 326 3257 or email: