Colourful Smarties Show

Lynne Gadd–Claxton

WITH Nelson Mandela Bay non-profit organisation Zama’s mantra of “where anything’s possible”, the children who attend its after-school programme believe they will make a positive contribution to society.

This weekend they will be demonstrating their contributions so far.

Zama provides opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in quality after-school activities and extra-curricular programmes in a disused New Brighton school.

Established in 2008, programmes include creative development, English language, pre-school and baby care, and performing arts.

Zama’s performing arts and visual arts programme will now be showcasing the talent developed throughout the year.

The Smarties Show – taking place at The Barn at the PE Opera House tonight – is a variety of music from the choir, traditional and ballroom dancing, poetry performances and a fashion show of garments made by pupils from recycled materials and fabric painted by the design classes. And Performing Arts Company of the Eastern Cape (PACEC) performer Olwethu Mdala mentored a group from Zama where 10 talented stars were selected to stage Sophia is Gone at the same venue tomorrow night.

PACEC’s Xabiso Zweni’s Sophia is Gone is set in a 1950’s Sophiatown shebeen, where jazz group The Platinum Sisters entertain the crowds.

Zama founder Gail Hawes said the programmes encouraged children to reach their academic, social and emotional potential and to develop a positive outlook on their future.

“Through these programmes children are developing many personal skills which are invaluable in life, such as confidence, discipline and the embracing of the understanding that effort is required for achievement.”

The Smarties Show is on at 6pm for 6.30pm and Sophia is Gone is on tomorrow evening at the same time.

Tickets are R15 (adults) and R10 (pupils) available at Zama at 19 Dickens Street in Central or the Arthur Nyobo School at Singapi Street in New Brighton. Inquiries and tickets also on (041)373-3045.

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