Johannesburg

Address PO Box 4468 Dainfern 2055
Contact Person Chairperson – Dr Rohan Quince
Email rquince@global.co.za
 

SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUE COMPETITION 
and
NATIONAL CHILDRENS THEATRE
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

13-16 MAY 2024

At the OUTDOOR IMAGINATION THEATRE AT NATIONAL CHILDREN’S THEATRE: 3 JUNCTION ROAD, PARKTOWN

Individuals are invited to present monologues.  Pairs are invited to present duologues.  Groups are invited to present scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Sonnets, adaptations and/or musical renditions are also welcome. You may opt to enter the competitions or to present speeches or scenes just for fun.

Individuals and pairs are allowed 5 minutes.  Group scenes should be no longer than 10 minutes.

There will be three sections: Junior (up to Grade 7), Senior (Grade 8-12) and Adult.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUE COMPETITION OR THE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, PLEASE CONTACT DR ROHAN QUINCE AT rquince@global.co.za 


SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUE COMPETITION 2023 

The annual collaboration between National Children’s Theatre and the South African Council for English Education continued in 2023.  The preliminary rounds of the Shakespeare Festival and Monologue Competition took place in the indoor Imagination Theatre at NCT on 15-17 May 2023, with the finals in the outdoor theatre on 18 May. 

There were entries from thirteen schools and clubs, including King Edward VII School, Jeppe High School for Boys, Parktown Boys’ High, Willowmoore High School, St Teresa’s School, the University of Pretoria, King David Victory Park, St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls, St Dunston’s College, Sutherland High, St James Preparatory School, Hoerskool Birchleigh and NCT’s Shakespeare Club.  Eventually sixty-four monologues, seven duologues and eleven scenes were performed in the junior, senior and adult sections over the four days of the festival, taken from more than twenty plays and the sonnets.

The finals were adjudicated by Mr Renos Spanoudes, who praised the performers for creating their magic on the stage. 

Junior Monologue Winner
St James Preparatory School – Nikhil (The Merchant of Venice)

Junior Monologue Runner-Up
St James Preparatory School – Elsa (As You Like It) 

Senior Monologue Winners
   
Jeppe High School for Boys – Mandla Ngwane as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar  (via Mike van Graan)
King Edward VII School – Ndiya Mbunge as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar

 Senior Monologue Runners-Up 
   
St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls – Ntsako Baloyi as Othello in Othello
St Teresa’s School – Palisa Makhohlisa as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and
                                                                  Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona                                                                                                 St Teresa’s School – Nomthamsanqa Moyana as Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona  
       King Edward VII School – Blue de Wet as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

 Senior Scene Winner 
Hoerskool Birchleigh – Romeo & Juliet (Act 3) Salima Kabongo, Thabiso Kgole, Keketso Mokoena and Sbulelo Soko

 Adult Monologue Winner 
   
University of Pretoria’s Inklings – Joshua Wilensky as the Duke of Albany in King Lear and Launce in
The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Adult Monologue Runner-Up
University of Pretoria’s Inklings – Natasha Holdsworth as Ophelia in Hamlet

 Adult Duologue Winners
University of Pretoria’s Inklings – The Tempest
(Prospero giving exposition to Miranda about the past) – Zchané Zietsman, Joshua Wilensky

 Adult Duologue Runners-Up
University of Pretoria’s Inklings – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
(Julia receives and tears up a letter from Proteus)
Karla van Dyk, Letabo Mtongana

 Adult Scene Winners
                                          NCT Shakespeare Club – King Lear (Act 1, scene 1 – The Rejection of Cordelia)                                                                Joshua Wilensky, Reynard Vos, Joshua Smith, Rearabetswe Molope
University of Pretoria’s Inklings – King Lear (The Blinding of Gloucester)  – Rebecca van Besouw, Natasha Holdsworth, Brendon Shaw, Zchané Zietsman, Suzanne Holliday, Heliané Aucamp

Adult Scene Runners-Up
 NCT Shakespeare Club – Troilus and Cressida (Flattering Ajax) 
 
Joshua Wilensky, Reynard Vos, Joshua Smith, Rearabetswe Molope 
University of Pretoria’s Inklings – The Taming of the Shrew
(Opening Scenes with Christopher Sly) –
Katleho Mota, Rayne Boardman, Qasim Bhyat, Anomé Victor, Natasha Holdsworth, Joshua Wilensky

Thank you to National Children’s Theatre and the South African Council for English Education for promoting Shakespeare!
Well done to all the talented performers and their dedicated teachers and parents for their support.


Creative Writing Competition 2024

SACEE (JHB) in association with King David High School Victory Park is proud to present the 2024 ANNUAL SACEE CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION. This is a highly regarded, very successful competition, which has grown in leaps and bounds. We enthusiastically encourage the support and participation of any and all schools in South Africa and adjacent countries.  One of SACEE’s main aims is to develop the good use of English in both spoken and written forms.

To enter please download the entry form.

We would like to thank all schools who participated in the 2023 competition. 

Congratulations to the following 2023 award winners:For results of the 2022 Creative Writing Competition click here.


 DEBATING

The SACEE Debating League continues to be the biggest and strongest league in Gauteng.

Gauteng Debating is run on three levels:

  1. SACEE Regional rounds: divided into, North, West, East and Central regions.
  2. SACEE Championships: centralised, with invites based on regional rounds.
  3. Gauteng Provincial Championships: invites based on SACEE Championships, to be held in September.

For more information about the SACEE/Gauteng Schools debating and entry form please click here.

The 2023 results and report can be viewed here.