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wgytc has a long history of undertaking nternational tours, both for research and performance. Most recently the company has travelled to Roskilde, Denmark, Berlin, Germany, and Cape Town, South Africa.


From 12th-24th April 2014 wgytc students took part in an incredibly exciting trip to South Africa to work with the Goedgedacht Trust.

The Trust is based at a farm which primarily grows olives but is also exists to break down the cycle of poverty for rural children and young people of the immediate and surrounding areas.  The work they have established there is incredible and they have been recognised as having created an excellent and sustainable model of how to break down the poverty barriers. You can find out more about the trust on their website or on Facebook.

The trip saw 18 wgytc students take part in workshops and rehearsals at the Trust before staging a Passion play for the local community over the Easter weekend. The last such project the Company undertook, in 2006, was a fantastic success, so we were very excited and privileged to return to the farm.

Below your can read the blog of our experiences there, you can also view photos on our Facebook page and our gallery.


Wednesday 23rd April

An early breakfast and departure from the hotel before the final stop – Langa Township. Eric Dilima and his colleague, also called Eric, our guides. Again through a bus tour and a walking tour the experience of a township and its history are shared before the tour ended at Lalepa’s for lunch and entertainment. Originally and still widely known as ‘Sheila’s’ (it is actually her home) Sheila proved to be a real ‘character’ , with a welcome speech delivered in an inimitable deadpan style before an incredible feast of locally produced food was offered.

All too soon it was time to head to Cape Town airport, where a farewell was made to Winston who has been our driver during the stay.

It seems that so much has been experienced and accomplished in a relatively short time. Yet somehow so much has been packed in it, that it seems incredible that the visit has only spanned a mere ten days.

Thank you, diolch and dankie South  Africa – it has been enlightening and emotional in equal measure and an experience not one of us will ever forget. Until the next time…

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Tuesday 22nd April

A packed day as the company continued its whistle-stop your of Cape Town – Robben Island being the main destination. The 45 minute boat ride over was calm with the sun streaming down on us. A whale was spotted flicking its body just above the waves – much to the delight of everyone. (Who needs to go to Hermanus for this incredible sight!) As the ever present Table mountain seemed to shrink but never quite disappeared from view, the island loomed nearer – much larger than expected.

Having disembarked, groups were formed and guides (all former political prisoners) assigned and routes around the island established. The tour comprised a walking tour through the prison area as well as a bus tour taking in the other points of interest. It was a leper colony in its earlier history and then an army base during WWII because SA, under British rule, was thought to be under threat by Namibia under rule of the Germans. Guns, although never fired still remain in place as a reminder of what was. A graveyard still exists. A reminder of its days as a leper colony.

The personal experience of the guide as a prisoner was extremely affecting. Imprisoned as a student representative, for standing up for the right to an equal education at the age of 19 certainly provoked thought in terms of how education in the UK can be taken for granted. He spoke of the familiar names who formed part of the struggle, Mandela, Kathrada and so on, but also of lesser known individuals whose bravery and courage played a vital part in securing the change which eventually came about in 1994. He explained as soon as they were ‘processed’ on arrival they had in effect lost their identity and from then on referred to a only by their prisoner number. The first stage in the attempt to break them.

The walking part of the tour took in the courtyard of the block where B category prisoners were held – the political prisoners. It was here where Mandela cultivated a vegetable garden and where a second manuscript of what is now known as ‘ The Long Walk to Freedom’ was buried, the first one having been long since smuggled out to London. It was in the is block where the key players talked and educated one another and grew as comrades against the struggle. Then on to the cells.

A windowless restricted space, with no bed just matting and a bucket, it was impossible to fully comprehend how dark the days spent there must have been for some of the prisoners. No visitors, and heavily censored letters. Mandela’s cell was obviously the one which courted the most attention as the group filed through, paused, reflected and photographed it. It was almost as if by doing that a tenuous connection was made. It seemed all the more poignant since Mandela’s death. Encouraged to think about his fellow prisoners too, further stories were shared about the bravery of other members of the ANC and the brutality of what they endured, not just physically but psychologically too. There was time for quiet contemplation on the journey through the prison and it was easy to appreciate the inhospitable environment it undoubtedly was.

With the walking tour completed, the group undertook the bus tour. Various stops were made, most notably at Robert Sobukwe’s house. A member of the Pan African Congress Sobukwe was feared by the Government and so was treated differently from the other political prisoners and so kept under different conditions in solitary confinement. Not ever the guards were permitted to speak to him. At that time there were 400 parliament members and they would meet annually to review what had been passed as ‘The Robert Sobukwe clause’ in order to establish whether he should even continued to be held. For approximately 7 years this continued with 399 voting for and the lone voice of Helen Suzman voting against.

Then to the Lime Quarry where the prisoners were subjected to hard labour breaking rocks. Very exposed to the elements and the harsh sun this place became an important part in the way in which the ANC rallied together discussed and debated the way forward and educated those who had not had the opportunity of an education. With virtually no shelter, the sun took its toll on the health of the prisoners with, for example, eyesight being adversely affected.

At the entrance now stands a pile of stones to mark the day, when in 1995 all those (well over a thousand) who had been imprisoned for their political views, made the journey there once more. As they turned to leave the quarry Mandela spontaneously picked up a stone and placed it, then unbidden the others followed suit. It was on this visit that it was agreed that the Island should be made access ole for people to visit as a reminder of the struggle.

The sharp contrasts within Cape Town did not, unsurprisingly, go unnoticed and unremarked upon. Being in and around the wealth and sophistication of the Waterfront jarred with the experience of the Robben Island visit. This will no doubt not be forgotten. Sometimes there is no need for words just an unspoken shared experience and understanding between individuals.

And so the ‘last supper’ at Rafiki’s a restaurant a short walk from the hotel. A fitting way to spend the last night – together as a company.

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Monday 21st April

from actors to tourists

Packing, clearing rooms and a final breakfast on the stoep. The sun still shining on us and the promise of a packed final couple of days.

A final assembly in Room A with Ingrid and Peter and Annie Templeton (the founders of this wonderful place) From their words it is clear that the project has been an incredible success and Annie alluded to the fact that not only had the youth benefited but the adults too and to see the progress made in the 21 years since the founding of the Trust was founded was simply amazing.

Passports collected once the office key was located – not that anyone would have objected to an enforced longer stay, with heavy hearts and excitement for the next three days the coach was boarded.

It’s been emotional and an experience never to be forgotten. Until the next time Goedgedacht…

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And so on to Cape Town! The scenery gradually changed from to the agricultural land to the sophistication of Cape Town guarded by the majestic Table Mountain. A photocall on Blouberg Strand with Table Mountain as a backdrop – just simply stunning. A tenacious lone hawker attempts to sell beaded wire key rings of African animals including ‘ an ostrich which also transforms to a chicken’ and all items ‘guaranteed for two and a half years’! His marketing line was second to none!

The route skirted the city centre, all the while accompanied by Table Mountain and the colourful Cape Malay houses nestling beneath it before the mountain range stretches out in to The Twelve Apostles’ on our left. Walter Sisulu Avenue, Helen Suzman Boulevard (names after some of the key players in the ANC’s struggle against apartheid) and down toward Sea Point (the family home of the now British actor Sir Antony Sher) The wealth and affluence of the buildings is a stark contrast with the poverty and deprivation of the community in which the company has been working and indeed with the seemingly ramshackle townships outside the airport perimeter.

So on to Chapman’s Peak – again with incredible views of Fishhoek and Hout Bay. It hasn’t been long since this road was re-opened following serious rockfalls, which closed it for a number of years. Another photocall and on to Cape Point. En route the wildlife included ostrich, élan and, once in the National Park, baboons! A walk up to the Cape Point lighthouse and lunch before down to the Cape of Good Hope – the most southwesterly tip of Africa. Spectacular views of a very cold looking Atlantic. Boulders beach was the next port of call – and the penguins.

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Sunday 20th April

18 Welsh actors, 28 South African actors, 5 days, 2 performances, 44 preschoolers, 1000 screws, 60m of fabric, 1 borrowed sewing machine, 300m of wood, 4 portaloos, 280 programmes, 1300 audience, 44 bottles of olive oil bought, 68 bottles of salad dressing, 36 bread rolls, 12 hay bales, 20m of hessian, 2 benches, 2 tables, 1 midnight trip to the rugby field, 10 metal buckets, 38 trips up and down the hill, 1 backy, 9 youth workers, 6 youth theatre staff, 22 delicious meals, 1 room ‘A’, 13 cottages, 1 youth centre, 3 POP centres, average temperature 28 degrees, average rainfall 0, 1 barn, 9 Jason warm ups, 3 new songs learned, 19 olive trees, 18 crosses, 1200 Easter eggs, 2 Easter Bunny suits, 40 Jesus flyers, 2 flags, 3 quad bike rides by Jason, 15 cooks, 11 cans of bug spray, 8 YTF water bottles, 10 pairs of FTC shorts, 12 disciples, 1000s of photographs, 1 amphitheatre, 3 pigs, 157 coloured stones, 2 verses of Calon Lân, 1 lost Jesus sandal, 4 speakers, 1 frisbee, 1 missed entrance, 6 parasols, 1 director’s fruit platter, 20 big salad bowls, 4 flights, 1 nearly missed flight, 1 incredible party…and only 1 Ingrid. 

wgytc 2014 tour to Goedgedacht is done. We have a had a fantastic, very special time, and can’t wait to tell you all about it when we get home.
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The rugby field was a hive of captivity as we arrived at the amphitheatre this morning. Roger, Ryan, Maria and other youth leaders had been up early setting up for the lunchtime braai. The bus drivers had been up early collecting farm workers (the audience for the second performance) as a lot of the farms are far flung. At least 60 children and mothers and grandmothers were on the field as the company arrived to work on certain sections of huge performance.

This seemed to be the hottest day yet, and although there were sun umbrellas up very little shade. Once the rehearsal work was done we adjourned to the Farm for lunch and some free time – frisbee on the lawn some sun bathing and and napping in the cool of the wonderful accommodation.

With an hour to go until performance time the company were ready in costume and waiting to be shuttled down to the amphitheatre by Roger. With a care free atmosphere on the rugby field, braais smoking and the appearance of not one but two Easter Bunnies with stacks of chocolate donated by local businesses the children’s faces were a picture. Gathering up the young pre-school children who featured in a couple of scenes took some doing as chocolate proved far more of an attraction!

The audience comprised in excess of 600. A very different audience from Friday’s – more attentive somehow and transfixed by what was happening in front of them. Again, this was an audience for whom this would have been the first experience of theatre. The procession to the cross was yet again incredible and somehow more emotional this time. The strength of the strong religious faith of the audience was more obvious with emotions running high. There will be moments savoured by many and never forgotten.

Well Ingrid, in collusion with the youth, certainly knows how to throw a party! Having done the get out, changed and sorted things out, the instruction was to come down to the main house as usual for food by 7.30pm. We had been told that it wasn’t possible for us to eat with the youth but that we would have a chance to say goodbye later after food. The was some concern when we saw the kitchen staff disappear off home… Anyway at 8pm (Africa time – and, by the way, the company is completely geared to this concept now!)   Roger appeared with the combi to transport the actors whilst the staff commandeered, once again, the bakkie.

The pictures taken will tell the full story – but singing, dancing, laughing, eating, crying, hugging and talking would ceremony sum up the four or so hours spent with the youth. There was something magical singing Bohemian Rhapsody along with the youth under story African skies (which are the most beautiful skies) Just the incredible warmth, care and sheer hard work in making the farewell all happen was overwhelming. How on earth Ingrid managed to create a slide show of the week when she seems to be constantly doing various other things will remain a mystery – but that was truly overwhelming just in terms of the sheer scale of what had been undertaken and not just achieved, but completely surpassed in terms of expectations of a collaborative project of this scale and nature. It afforded the company the chance to just stand back from what had been accomplished – mind blowing.

The farewells seemed more emotional than usual – an indication of what this week has meant to everyone involved.

Undoubtedly friendships have been forged and a promise to return, in three years time, made. There is something special about this place which cannot be put into words.

Ruth


Saturday 19th April

A day off between performances afforded us the time to explore the Farm more.  Walks to the Olive Grove to look at the hectares of trees and the plaques put up in memory or celebration or commemoration of people and events. A leisurely lunch before the option of another walk on the Farm’s yellow route before sitting in the sun.

Then down to the lovely Kasteelberg Restaurant for a company meal. A lovely day off!


 Friday 18th April

Performance One

The crack of dawn saw Adrian burying the box for the cross to stand up in and making the actual cross for crucifixion (the processional cross has to be lighter for obvious reasons) and Hilary at the sewing machine (well who could resist all twenty two pre-schoolers when we only needed ten!)

Rehearsals started in earnest with a technical run before heading back for lunch. The logistics of the crucifixion were rehearsed and run smoothly.

Costumes are sent down to the pre school for the little ones to change into under the watchful eye of Carmen.

3pm – the Company assemble and get into costume. There is a palpable buzz of expectation. Costumes look amazing. The Guards played by members of the youth seem to be permanently in role whether on stage or off – such is their commitment.

And the audience? Well… they just kept arriving. Goedgedacht’s two buses seemed to be permanently on the road between the Farm and Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel. It is estimated that there are 800 plus packed into the amphi-theatre. The ratio of children to adults is high – not entirely unexpected.

The performance was quite simply incredible. Playing to a crowd who are unused to seeing live theatre was both interesting and challenging. The procession to the cross (the section we could only plan for and not rehearse) was overwhelming with crowds throwing down the farm road to the field. As the sun set, throwing fierce hues or orange and red across the sky the beautiful solo voice of Carisa started a traditional mourning song Bly In My Soos Ek In Julle before African and Welsh voices combined to create a very moving sound which filled the air as the disciples lifted Jesus off the cross and wrapped him in a shroud. One of the most affecting moments was when after a moment of silence a figure in the distance was lit up and the the cry rang out ‘He is Risen’.

An unforgettable theatre experience, one which undoubtedly be reflected upon in the days and weeks to come.

Ruth


Thursday 17th April

Dress rehearsal…

Very exciting day today – more rehearsal time in the space, lots of prop shopping and costume making, set and sound equipment get in and lots more! We had our first run through in the space – everyone was so excited to see all elements of the production coming together, and the costumes look beautiful against the magnificent backdrop of the farm.

After extensive Google Earth-ing and pouring over photographs, I had some idea about the extraordinary landscape we were to perform in. But the scale and beauty of the farm and our backdrop is truly breathtaking ‘in the flesh’! The colour and style of our piece was planned and designed hoping that it would both support and enhance our story – I was so thrilled today to finally see our complete cast, in costume in Goedgedacht’s amphitheatre – a success and truly beautiful moment.

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It was also great to see the reactions of our small audience of school children from after school club, and some of the farm staff came after work to watch too. It’s hard to imagine how it will look tomorrow with our not-so-small audience of 600+!

Well it has been quite a couple of days – both amazing and incredible in equal measure.  Today saw the transference of the play to the actual site the company will be performing on. And phi-theatre roughly hewn from from a steep. And with six levels of seating created form leveled off stones encased in wire. (Surprisingly not as uncomfortable as it sounds). The space represents quite a feat of engineering and more so when you factor in that the work inevitably happened during the searing heat of a South African summer.

With Viv, Adrian and Gemma doing an early recce the company walked the farm road down with Jason and Ruth leaving Hilary to continue working on the costumes. It was through it was clear that it would be necessary to factor in pathways around the space (it is very exposed and open) as well as accommodate some tricky sight lines. It is probably safe to say that there probably isn’t another theatre company who started rehearsing in the wet Welsh winter in a scout hall in Gowerton thinking that they were undertaking a promenade performance only to discover that wouldn’t work. Why? Because the indomitable  Ingrid swung into overdrive and there are two 600 strong audiences expected! So the amphi-theatre it is but with the very clear notion that a procession will be incorporated as Jesus makes his way to be crucified (a field alongside the rugby pitch across of the amphi-theatre) At times the space not only feels like an arena but as if the company are working in traverse and in the round all rolled into one.  Having solved the blocking and the shape of the play, further work is undertaken up at the barn. Vocal work in particular paid  dividends to combat a strong breeze which rarely subsides. 

Ruth


Wednesday 16th April

Our first rehearsal in the performance space!

Today we’ve been rehearsing in the farm’s amphitheatre, which will be the main setting for ‘The Passion’.

Standing in the amphitheatre for the first time highlighted the exciting possibilities of the space, with the incredible backdrop of the mountains and farmland making much of the text seem so much more relevant.

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After lunch we visited POP 6, the Trust’s newest POP centre in Paarl. Here’s what Ruth and some of the students who visited had to say about the centre:

Situated in a very rural community this is a relatively new, but much needed project.

The Company arrived on the day of Kayley’s 7th birthday, so, having serenaded her in Welsh and English, Ryan, the leader there explained why the building was different from the others. The main space has been created out of a shipping container. It’s amazing how well it works. It basically means that economically it makes more sense and, importantly, POP centres can be created more quickly.

Ruth

We visited POP 6 today, it was 40 minutes away from the farm. As we approached, it was very evident that the establishment of this particular POP community was fairly new. The building was basic but cost effective, something that they hoped to expand and improve. There were children of various age within the group which shows the huge extent to which the centre has to go to to be able to entertain all ages. The children were friendly and confident in their surroundings. They are an inspiration and make me appreciate the things I have at home. I hope to be able to share my experiences with others at home and motivate some to support the work at Goedgedacht and the Path Out of Poverty project.

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Our visit to POP 6 today was a very different experience to the other POP centres we have visited., much smaller in size and with limited activities. The children in the POP centre ranged from 5-21, making it a challenge to entrain all ages. What’s special about all POP centres is the relationships all of the children have with each other. What shines through is their love and ability for singing, dancing and acting.

POP 6 is a fairly new building hoping to expand, which will only benefit the children’s development.

At all the POP centres we have visited we have made friends and my hope is that these POP centres can keep developing to create a Path Out of Poverty for these children.

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After dinner we had another outdoor rehearsal with the full company – each day the Goedgedacht Youth join us after they finish school and after school club.

At the same time, Jason lead a dance class in the youth centre. It started off quietly, with only a few participants who were a bit shy to join in, but as soon as the music started, the room was full of people, again bringing so much enthusiasm and energy. Hannah TD, Charlotte, Natalie and Amy all helped Jason to the choreography.

This evening I helped run a dance class with some of the young people at Goedgedacht. It has been my favourite night so far!

To begin there were only four girls there to take the class, however after two songs had played the room was suddenly full of people! There was such a great atmosphere in there, as all of the children were so enthusiastic and so happy to be there. It was incredible to be a part of.

We did warm up and then taught them a routine, which i thing they all enjoyed, however, I think they are absolutely shattered buy the end.

I was so happy by the end of the night as we had managed to teach them a whole routine and we had all had such a good time.

Afterwards, I felt so overwhelmed as I had had such an incredible night teaching the amazing kids here. I’ve realised how something so simple as a dance class can make a child’s day. I feel so lucky to be in this amazing place!

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You can view a video of the dance class on our Facebook page.


Tuesday 15th April

Another very busy rehearsal day today – we had 4 sessions of wgytc rehearsals, during which time Nia, Llyr, Will, Sean, Tom, Carys, Nathan and Dexter went to visit the preschool and help out with classes. Here’s what they had to say about their experience:

Today I helped with a class of 4-5 year olds during their lunch break. I then sat and played with the class as they played with Lego. Along with the other students I helped during the sports activities. The experience was a great insight into the brilliant work carried out by the Goedgedacht Trust with the local children. I look forward to visiting again in the coming days to meet more of the children and workers.

Llyr

First I played with a class of 3-4 year olds during a sports class where the children were learning basic ball skills through play, as well as rules such as sharing and patience. I then spent time in the nursery which cares for children from 4-18 months. This was a wonderful experience. Playing with the babies whilst discussing the preschool’s growth with the nursery ‘maker’ and Baba was very insightful. She told me how her role had grown from caring for one of the workers babies as a favour to looking after 16 in the nursery. I hope to return to the preschool before we leave to see more of how the children and the preschool develop.

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After dinner, 30 of the drama students from Monday’s class came to join our rehearsal where they were cast as disciples, guards and townspeople. After some more get-to-know-you games and workshopping of the play, it was time to get down to business and work through the play right from the top, adding in our new actors as we went. In previous rehearsals, wgytc students had stood in for the missing characters, so each Goedgedacht student was paired up with a wgytc student to learn about their new character and their blocking. With our cast now grown to almost 50 the rehearsal was extremely lively and very busy, and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to our new cast members as they all jumped into coaches, minibuses and cars to be taken home by the POP staff. Children can come to the farm after school, at around 3.30pm and often stay until the end of classes at 9pm.

While that rehearsal was taking place, Ruth was leading a workshop about Passion plays with the group of performers who will sing the Africaans song at the end of the play. Nia, Bethan, Lewis and Sean worked with her, here’s what Lewis had to say:

Today I spent a session working with some of the younger students from the Goedgedacht drama class on the story of the Passion. We went through the main events of the story in tableaux in separate groups.

Initially they were a bit hesitant to join in but after doing the tableaux, everyone was really enthusiastic and got stuck in. By the end we created a 6 minute play through linking all of the tableaux and adding different lines in too.

It was awesome! I really enjoyed working with everyone and it was great to get to know them too.

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After all of that we finished off the evening with a very competitive pub style quiz in the barn, narrowly won by Oli, Nia, Lewis, Llyr, Hannah TD, Beth and Viv’s group!


Monday 14th April

A very busy first day!

After breakfast and assembly in a room spookily similar to ‘room A’ we were off to a flying start with Jason’s warm up and then a recap of the play. Our last rehearsal was back in early January, but everyone quickly got back into the swing of things and by lunchtime we had worked through the first third of the play. Costume fittings were well underway, as well as a site visit to the Trust’s new Amphitheatre, the setting for our Passion play.

Adrian, Hilary and Gemma went for a visit to the preschool at the bottom of the farm where children from two to five years old attend daily for education, play, sport and nutrition before going onto the local primary schools. We were looking for six young volunteers to take part in the play, but there was so much enthusiasm, we ended up with 22!

Next was a fantastic lunch on the patio of the Conference Centre, before hopping on the bus to take a tour of the POP Centres, an after school program aimed at alleviating poverty in rural youth. You can learn lots more about the POP Centres here.

First stop was POP 3, where the children had just had lunch after arriving from school. POP Centres are open everyday after school, so children can have a meal, then get help with their homework, before taking part in activities and sports. Depending on the distance between the POP Centres and their schools and homes, Goedgedacht staff and volunteers often provide transport between locations each day. The Trust has recently acquired two large coaches and a minibus to supplement the cars they already had on the farm, meaning they can transport a lot more children with ease. We got a fantastic welcome from around sixty children, aged around 6-12 years old. There were lots of photos, high fives, games, piggy backs and running around! The children are all full of energy, incredibly friendly and welcoming, so the time flew by and soon it was time to say goodbye and move onto the next centre, POP 2.

When we arrived at POP 2 the children had just started a maths lesson, so we were called in to help around forty 4-5 year olds with their counting and addition. The children were very excited to show off their new adding up skills, using milk bottle tops to count, and practicing writing down their sums. But all too soon it was time to get back into the bus and return to the farm for another two sessions of rehearsals!

We arrived at the POP centres and just by looking at it, it looked like a well established centre. As we walked through a swarm of children they all pounced on us and wanted to play tag, have piggybacks, and wear my sunglasses, I lost them for about 20 minutes! IT was great to see that the children were getting an education, food and also having fun. We attempted to leave but I was stuck in a group of smiley children, as was everyone else. In POP 2 it was a very different feeling. It was quiet. We taught them how to count with milk bottle tops. Seeing the work that POP does with children was an experience I cannot explain. I know it can only get better for the children. This is an experience I will treasure as I will probably will never get an opportunity like this again.

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During the next two sessions, while Viv and Ruth worked with some wgytc students on duologues, Jason and the majority of the cast hopped on bikes and went down to After School Club, where children who live on or close to the farm come after school for lunch and help with homework, then take part in activities. Together the wgytc and Goedgedacht students played lots of games, including ’50, 100, 200’ the rules of which at first had Jason stumped, but after a bit of coaching from some older members of the group he’s now an avid player!

After dinner we all went down to the Monday evening drama class where we joined in the Goedgedacht students’ tradition of singing songs to start the session. The class is made up of around fifty teenagers from the local area, many of whom have been a part of the Geodgedacht Trust for years, and were in the preschool when wgytc first visited in 2006. The Welsh and South African contingents both sang their national anthem for the other group, before some group dancing, and then getting stuck into some getting-to-know-you exercises and workshopping ideas from the play. Again, the students had an incredible energy which was infectious and had everyone in high spirits.

After splitting into groups and each presenting a set of tableaux depicting the story of the Passion, the Goedgedacht students sang two Africaan songs for us, which impressed us so much that Viv has decided to put them into the final image of the play.

After some very energetic dancing to round of the evening, we waved goodbye to the students as they went home, then jumped back on our bus to return to the top of the farm. After a jam-packed day it was early to bed again, same again tomorrow!


Sunday 13th April

After a 3 hour bus journey to Heathrow, a 12 hour flight to Johannesburg, a very long wait at passport control, a quick jog through the airport to catch our connection, another 2 hour flight, a missing bag, and a broken down bus, we have arrived in Cape Town!

Our first stop was the beautiful Table Mountain where we took a rotating cable car to the top and saw some spectacular views! Next was a quick stop for some snacks for the week then onto the Goedgedacht farm, which will be our home for the next week. You can see more about the Goedgedacht Trust here.

We were greeted by the lovely Ingrid, one of the directors of the Goedgedacht Trust who we will be working together with this week. We were shown to our accommodation, beautiful old cottages sitting on a hill overlooking the whole farm, then treated to a lovely dinner outside the conference centre, where we will be working for the next week, then it was off to bed, big day tomorrow!