Pete Patsa Community Arts Centre

Sunday, 14 November – For one night only the Oscar winning director Danny Boyle and actors Sir Ben KingsleyGemma Arterton, Benedict Cumberbatch and others (see the full list of actors and writers at the bottom of this post) are coming together to support Dramatic Need and the new Pete Patsa Community Arts Centre in Rammolotsi, Viljoenskroon, Free State.

The event, The Children’s Monologues will be held at the Old Vic Theatre in London UK.

The Children’s Monologues are taken from the stories of local children struggling with reality and their day-to-day experiences of difficulty, joy and African optimism. Music will be arranged by Paul Gladstone-Reid MBE and inspired by the original recordings of local children reading their stories in Sesotho and Tswana.

Pete Patsa Community Arts Centre
DN’s latest project is the Pete Patsa Community Arts Centre in Rammolotsi, Viljoenskroon in the Free State. It will be a place where local kids can learn practical skills and be inspired – a space to be free and to use the arts to express themselves. The centre will include a dance and drama studio, film and music building with basic editing and screening facilities and an arts and crafts building with sewing machines.

Help the Pete Patsa Art Centre
The centre will also need equipment, instruments, music stands, paints, brushes, dance bars, sewing machines and other stuff to support the kids. You can help by donating any working musical instruments, arts, film or photography equipment you are no longer using. Please send it to us at: Dramatic Need PPCAC equipment Po box 239, Viljoenskroon, Free State South Africa 9520

Dramatic Need
Dramatic Need is a UK-based charity that uses the arts as a platform to excel children in disadvantaged communities. They work with volunteers to host acting, music and art workshops.

The writers
Writers involved so far include Lynn Nottage (winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama Ruined, Bola Agbaje (Olivier Award winning writer of Gone Too Far at the Royal Court), Polly Stenham (Olivier Award for That Face), Dennis Kelly (Pulling), Gabriel Bisset-Smith (Thrush), Oladipo Agboluaje (God is a DJ, The Estate) and Roy Williams OBE (BAFTA and Olivier award-winning writer of Sucker Punch).

The actors
Actors involved so far include Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List, Sexy Beast), Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia, Tamara Drewe), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), Tom Hiddleston (Spielberg’s War Horse,Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor)Eddie Redmayne (The Other Boylen GirlElizabeth, The Good Shepherd, Red [Olivier Award – Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tony Award – Best Performance by a Featured Actor in Play]),  Nonso Anozie (Othello, Death and the King’s HorsemanThe Golden Compass), Jenny Jules (Ruined, Fabulation, Kavanagh QC), Lucian Msamati (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Pericles), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Small Island, Survivors), Romola Garai (King Lear, Atonement, Emma), Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave, Angel at my Table), Charlie Cox (Prince of Homburg, Glorious 39, Stardust), Wunmi Mosaku (I am Slave, Father and Son, Moses Jones), Hattie Morahan (Money, The Golden Compass, Outnumbered) and Olivia Grant (Mr. Nice, Women in Love).

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