The Festival was launched because there are many outstanding High School Drama Departments who did not have a platform to showcase and celebrate their work. Dramatic Arts is the fastest growing subject in Education and is a Higher Grade subject. The standard of work at FEDA is incredibly high and you are invited to enter and be judged on your reputation as a Drama Department.
We began with five productions and had over 40 in 2015.
Our Original Works section has grown each year and we had over 20 productions in 2015. The new voices of young playwrights is a highlight of our FEDA platform. The first week of the Festival is student-written work and we have invite celebrated theatre makers like Sylvaine Strike, Daniel Buckland , Athena Mazarakis and James Cunningham to adjudicate this section of the festival. Nat Ramabulana and Stephen Kotze were the judges for the published works section and Shannon Esra, Kgmotso Christopher Ngcobo and John Trengrove judged the final night. The standard of work presented is quite extraordinary and each year more young writers, directors, and performers showcase their talent. Students who have performed at FEDA have moved on to study at UCT, Wits, AFDA and even in London and L.A.
By having new adjudicators for each section, FEDA ensures that there is a fresh perspective on the work.
Previous winners include Randfontein (2014), St Stithian’s Boys College (2013) and Crawford College Sandton (2012).