Join Drama for Life (DFL) on the 28th July 2011 at The Market Theatre for its annual fundraising event. This year DFL is proud to present one of its very own patrons, the internationally acclaimed Pieter-Dirk Uys, who will be performing For Fact’s Sake, especially adapted for the fundraiser, for this one night only.
Drama for Life was established in 2006, with the goal of using applied drama and theatre practices in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Africa. Today, this ambition remains as relevant as ever, and Uys’ performance all the more appropriate. With Uys’ artful ability to infuse serious social and political issues with comedy, the evening is bound to have a hilariously enlightening outcome. Pieter-Dirk Uys speaks to us about the roller coaster ride of sex, HIV and AIDS in a contemporary society. After a ten year work-in-progress throughout schools, colleges, reformatories and retirement villages in South Africa – and one and a half million learners – Uys shares the facts and fictions about this great fear in the lives of all of us: dying of love. Much of the information made up the core of his internationally-acclaimed award-winning performance – FOREIGN AIDS – and this presentation of FOR FACT’S SAKE has been specially adapted for the DFL fundraiser, and promises to be a most memorable not-to-be-missed event. Uys’s performance is in aid of raising funds for the DFL Scholarship Programme and the DFL Site Partners. DFL has financially supported 81 postgraduate scholars from 15 different African Countries over the past four years. Additional funds are also needed to feed directly into the ongoing work that DFL implements through different partnerships in community and education sites in and around Johannesburg. These include Hillbrow Theatre, Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY), Rainbow Sparrow Orphan Village, DFL Partnership with schools, and the Ndlovu Care Group in Elandsdoorn, Limpopo Province.All of the work done by Drama for Life has performance art at its core, and uses this to negotiate and interact with social issues, especially those around HIV and AIDS, human rights and social justice, environmental sustainability and diversity and transformation.This not-to-be-missed event will also feature guest speakers Dali Tambo, the Chairman of the DFL Advisory Board, and Justice Edwin Cameron (DFL Patron) who will share their insight on the work that DFL engages in, as well as the general issues posed by HIV and AIDS in South Africa today. The evening will close with a cocktail function where guests can mingle and network. Don’t miss it, because you will miss out on an unforgettable evening. This prestigious event is made possible by DFL’s partnership with The Market Theatre, GIZ, Goethe Institut, Business and Art South Africa and Wits University, with sponsorship from Distell and support from Computicket. Date: 28 July 2011Time 18:30 for 19:00Venue: Market TheatreTickets: R250.00Tickets are available at Computicket. For more information please email or call 011 717 4735