A creative scene for offstage play

Neo Bodumela 

THEATRE director and actress Robin Williams may spend more time in the director’s chair instead of on stage these days but her passion for theatre has not diminished.

When asked by La Femme what her favourite room is, Williams did not hesitate to name the classroom-come studio where she teaches the high school drama pupils at Theodore Herzl School in Walmer.

The theatre doyen may have directed some of Nelson Mandela Bay’s most memorable plays including Evita and Fiela’s Child and been awarded for her work in theatre but now, most of her time is spent in the classroom passing on the passion for the art.

My style in five words: Eclectic, exciting yet safe space.

On my wish-list: Lights in the space so that my babies [drama pupils] can feel the joy of being bathed in them. (In the budget for next year!)

Best colour: Well the reason the studio space is painted black is so that the students have a feeling of what it is like to be backstage. Appropriate behaviour and performance follows. In normal life I am a little more colourful!

Pet decor peeve: Well in this studio it would be teaching creative souls in a normal classroom. This is a normal classroom but with the school’s understanding it has been converted into a space that encourages creativity.

My indulgence: Diva-naps on the chaise in the studio!

Favourite character from a play or book: Any Tennessee Williams character.

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