The 12th FEDA (Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts) is being held at the Fringe Theatre. The very best Drama Departments of High schools around Johannesburg enter each year. The Festival was launched for outstanding High School Drama Departments to have a platform to showcase their work.
The original FEDA had five productions. 12 years later there are 65 on stage.
The Original Works festival starts on the 7th May and runs to the 17th. This section will be adjudicated by Sylvaine Strike and Nat Ramabulana. The Published Works section runs from May 18th to the 24th and will be adjudicated by Craig Morris and Nat Ramabulana. The Grand Final is on the 26th May. Ismail Mohammed is the judge for 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.
Trophies and certificates are given out every night for excellent work. Trophies are awarded to Best Production, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Ensemble and Best Original production amongst others.
The winning play receives a cheque for R10.000.00 and a chance to perform at the Grahamstown Festival in July. There is also a social media prize from the iStore of R5000.00 for the school who uses social media most effectively to market their production.
St Stithians Boys College won the festival in 2017.