I was joined by Cape Town born actress, well-known for her role as Charmaine in Sewende laan, Vinette Ebrahim. We discussed the theatre production of the Ellen Pakkies story that made headlines internationally called, "My naam is, My name is Ellen Pakkies". Vinette plays the role of Ellen Pakkies and Christo Davids (Errol in sewende laan) plays the role of Abie, Ellen's deceased son.
Vinette mentioned it was an experience, emotionally etc but mostly an honour especially meeting Ellen Pakkies and being able to "tell" the story. Also Vinette feels it's important for people to know it is not a documentary of what happened just a theatre production of the horrid occurrances.
The production written and directed by Lizz Meiring was first staged at kknk and has already received two nominations for an award.
It's currently being staged in Cape Town's Baxter theatre it plays until the 7 May 2011 tickets available at computicket.
GENDER HUB WEDNESDAY
For Gender hub the show didn't really focus on gender issues however we did adddress a much needed discussion on the role parents play in adolescent reproductive health. It was a research project conducted by University of Cape Town's medical students who joined me in studio to bring awarness to parents and change these views and enable parents to effectively communicate and educate thier adolescents around this topic. Unfortunately the outcome was not a positive one however the research did prove that in areas heavily affected by teenage pregnancy, STI's etc parents were not educated enough on the matter to communicate effectively.
ART - FRIDAY
MC showcased the opening of Big Fish Digital school of filmmaking in Cape Town. Big Fish is a multi-award winning film school that aims at producing socially responsible African filmmakers. Training is offered on paid-for basis and on bursary for students who would otherwise not afford it. They are now spreading their wings and opening a branch in Cape Town. For more details visit http://www.bigfish.org.za/