The live streaming of the final will take place on Dramaweb SA’s Facebook page for the entire day.
Dramaweb SA is a national online drama competition. Participants can now compete nationally with minimal effort and cost. Dramaweb SA creates a platform where learners can develop their drama talent in the comfort of their own home, with expert judges who are ready with advice. This initiative focusses on oratory and public speaking skills development and promotes the performing arts.
Dramaweb SA was launched in 2020 during South Africa’s first national lockdown. As drama coach and founder of Dramaweb SA, Ira Blanckenberg was concerned that drama competitions and eisteddfods for school learners were cancelled due to the pandemic. She is aware of the importance of this in every drama learner’s school year, of the joy it provides, and the opportunity to grow and perform.
Together with her husband, Waldemar Schultz, they set out to start an online competition where learners are given the opportunity to be creative, promote their talent and compete against other learners. Participation was overwhelming, and the response to the professional and valuable, detailed feedback each participant received from professional coaches and role players in the industry, was outstanding. Each participant received a digital certificate with the allocated symbol.
The fact that participants were not limited to their own regions, but could compete nationwide, was new and generated great excitement. Entries flooded in from all over South Africa and even Namibia. During the final round ten participants from each grade section had to perform directly via Zoom in front of three judges, was a festival of talent.
The judges (Ira Blanckenberg, Waldemar Schultz and Marvin-Lee Beukes) were very impressed with the high-quality of the work. Each finalist received a certificate, and the winners of each category were awarded with R1,000 prize money.
Following the huge success of 2020, Ira realised that there was a great need for a nationwide competition in the format that Dramaweb SA offers, even before the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, Dramaweb SA received sponsorship and support from the ATKV, which has also been confirmed for this year's competition. In 2021, we are proud to welcome the KKNK as part of our team. With the assistance, we aim to reach even more learners, provide greater exposure and create an exciting nationwide platform where participants can get to know each other, and their talents, better.
Let the drama unfold!
You can participate in various items in English and Afrikaans from all over the world.
8 MARCH 2021: Electronic entries open
31 MAY 2021: Entries close (all videos must be submitted)
3 JULY 2021: Live broadcast of the Afrikaans final for all grade groups. It will be available to be streamed worldwide. Prize-giving ceremony at 18:30.
4 JULIE 2021: Live broadcast of the English final for all grade groups. It will be available to be streamed worldwide. Prize-giving ceremony at 18:30.
Grade RR to Grade 1 • Undramatized poem • Dramatized poem • Mimicry * Maximum two (2) minutes
Grades 2 to 4 • Undramatized poem • Dramatized poem • Prose • Prepared reading • Mimicry * Maximum two (2) minutes
Grades 5 to 7 • Undramatized poem • Dramatized poem • Prose • Dramatized prose • Monologue • Mimicry * Maximum three (3) minutes
Grades 8 to 10 • Undramatized poem • Dramatized poem • Prose • Dramatized prose • Monologue • Mimicry * Maximum five (5) minutes
Grades 11 to 12 • Poem • Dramatized poem • Prose • Dramatized prose • Monologue • Mimicry * Maximum five (5) minutes
Grade RR to 1 • Poetry • Dramatised poetry • Mime * Maximum two (2) minutes
Grade 2 to 4 • Poetry • Dramatised poetry • Prepared reading • Prose • Mime * Maximum two (2) minutes
Grade 5 to 7 • Poetry • Dramatised poetry • Prose • Dramatised prose • Monologue • Mime * Maximum three (3) minutes
Grade 8 to 10 • Poetry • Dramatised poetry • Prose • Dramatised prose • Monologue • Mime * Maximum five (5) minutes
Grade 11 to 12 • Poetry • Dramatised poetry • Prose • Dramatised prose • Monologue • Mime * Maximum five (5) minutes
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Ira Blanckenberg holds an honours degree in Drama from the Stellenbosch University. As a professional theatre actress, she plays roles in, among others, Othello, Kat-en-muis-speletjies, Oom Anton by die See, Pa and Drif. During the 2018 Woordfees, Blanckenberg debuted with a one-woman show from her pen, Haal Asem, directed by Marí Borstlap. This production has been playing for full houses at the Free State Arts Festival, KKNK and Innibos since. In 2017 and 2018 she and her husband, Waldemar Schultz, toured with Die Heel Mooiste Afrikaanse Liefdesgedigte under the direction of Juanita Swanepoel, for which they receive a Woordtrofee nomination. In 2016, she acted as assistant director of Kristalvlakte by Amy Jephta, of which numerous actors are nominated for both Festival and Fiësta Awards. Blanckenberg recently directed Mike van Graan's Two to Tango at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the Hilton Arts Festival.
As television actress, Blanckenberg is remembered for her performances in Egoli, Binnelanders and 7de Laan, among others. She appeared in Die Byl, Boland Moorde II and in 2018 played the role of Bernice in Suidooster, the same year in which she appeared in Fynskrif. She played in short films like Vloeksteen, Toevlug and Sussie and portrays Meliena Kapp in Toorbos, the South African film selected to be entered for the 2021 Oscars. She is seen in Jozua Malherbe’s Griekwastad, opposite Arnold Vosloo, and assisted with dialogue coaching on the set of Suidooster in 2018 and 2019.
Blanckenberg is a seasoned eisteddfod judge and has been involved in the ATKV-Tienertoneel competition as a national judge for ten years. At the helm of her own drama school, Stageright Drama, she has been coaching learners from grade 1 to grade 12 in acting and drama techniques for ten years. Here, she also prepares learners for eisteddfods and drama competitions, coaching in productions and directing.
Marvin-Lee Beukes was born in the small Northern Cape town of Loeriesfontein and spent his formative years in the Namaqualand. His family moved from Loeriesfontein to Vredendal, where they lived for six years before moving to Paarl, where Beukes completed his high school career at Paarl Gymnasium.
Beukes studied Drama at Stellenbosch University and began his television career in 2009 with the role of nurse Lorenzo de Luca in the popular soapie Binnelanders. After this he exchanged Johannesburg's skyscrapers for his beloved Cape Town and played in series such as League of Glory; Vloeksteen; Boland Moorde I & II and Swartwater. He also worked on two seasons of the new British series Jamilla and Alladin.
As an actor, Beukes enjoys radio theatre and regularly reads short stories for RSG. He appeared in recent films including: Fluit-fluit; the short film Kleingeld for kykNET's Silwerskermfees; Father; Submarine for the Discovery Channel, Uitvlucht, and Griekwastad. Local viewers will remember him as Sergeant Juan Stuurman in the popular series Die Byl I & II.
Beukes has also been seen on stage in plays such as Fiela se Kind, directed by Juanita Swanepoel and Waldemar Schultz, and the award-winning Kristalvlakte, directed by Marí Borstlap and Ira Blanckenberg. His latest work in theatre is the award-winning Newfoundland/Buite Land, directed by Neil Coppen.
As an avid writer, he forms part of the script writing team for the kykNET soapie Binnelanders.
Waldemar Schultz obtained his master’s degree in drama at the Stellenbosch University (US) in 1996, where he taught acting from 1992 to 1994. He still teaches ad hoc at US, most recently camera acting for final-year students, and coaches at Stageright Drama School.
As a student, Schultz received the Fleur du Cap Award for Most Promising Student, an award for which he was nominated three times. He is also awarded the US Drama Department's prestigious Dux Student Prize for the highest standard of practical work sustained over four years of study.
He started with freelance work for the SABC in radio and recording as student, and later also directed in radio. Between 1991 and 2001 Schultz played various theatre roles and acted as director and writer of various theatre projects.
His first television role was as Klein-Geoff in the 1994 series, Woestynblom, followed by the 1995 role of journalist Paul Kruger in the CCV youth drama, Young Vision. In 2000 he moved to Gauteng, where his role as Jan-Hendrik in 7de Laan kept him busy full time for nine years.
Since returning to Cape Town in 2008, Schultz has been involved in numerous plays, as well as voice, advertising, film, and television work, including international film productions like Black Butterflies, The Kissing Booth, Game Changer, Cold Harbour, Life’s a Beach and The Last Resort. He also appeared in local films Snaaks Genoeg, Lenteblom, Felix and Modder en Bloed. He has starred in international series Infested 2!, Dominion, Hooten and the Lady, Troy: Fall of a City, Silence Is Deadly and the upcoming The Cars That Built the World. Locally, audiences have seen him in various television series: Stokvel, Vloeksteen, Oupa en Ouma, Treknet, Die Boland Moorde I & II, Fynskrif, Suidooster, Proesstraat I, II & IV, and Die Byl I & II. Schultz is honoured as Actor of the Year by the Huisgenoot Tempo Awards for his performance in Die Byl I.
Schultz has years of experience as judge, with involvement in various art competitions and youth theatre competitions such as ATKV Tienertoneel, Fraserburg Logan Toneelfees, Hoërskool Durbanville Tienertoneel and the Klein Libertas Toneelfees, to name a few.