When we showed our pieces on Migration that we have prepared separately in our countries to each other for the first time, we were so moved by these stories … we could see beyond our differences and reach out to each other. Both groups cried while watching each other’s pieces …
The rest of the day was spent at Gordon’s Bay where we swam and played games, showing our German friends what South Africans would normally do on a Sunday at the beach.
Our teachers really pushed us to our limits and in the process got some good responses in acting and movement improvisations. Suddenly, there was no difference between us anymore …
The class was challenging but also lots of fun and so much laughter and enjoyment … and although the Germans did not have any training in Dance, they were as enthusiastic about it and never complained.
I have never been to Robben Island and I am grateful that I could experience this excursion … The theme of forgiveness specifically came out strongly as some South African learners could not understand how any person can forgive such evil deeds. Our teachers allowed us to speak openly and for me it was such a special evening.
Mrs Markram and Herr Blum had already selected the spots where the torture will be executed. I could see that Mrs M had Herr Blum under her spell and that our alliance was now compromised. No use turning to Herr Blum now… He had the same gleam in his eye… Will we survive?
My scene, the advertisement on Xenophobia, was done in a ruin of a building. I thought how clever of the directors to choose this specific site. First of all, it added a deeper satirical level to the already satirical advertisement, foreshadowing to the audience what the aftermath of xenophobia will be.
Mr Markram, our tour guide, a History teacher, focussed his presentation on how Stellenbosch was shaped by the German settlers and I think our German friends appreciated it very much.
Our parents waited for us at our school and each one of us took a German student home for afternoon tea and cake. All of us were very nervous about showing the Germans where we live. As typical self-centred, self-absorbed teenagers we were concerned about family members not embarrassing us!
I had the time of my life. I was surrounded by family; I had fun; I learnt a lot of Drama – I could improve my skills; I saw places that I would never have seen in my life … It will be a dream fulfilled if we can show our production in Germany in 2018.
Before we went up Table Mountain, we first relaxed at Camps Bay, bathing in the sun, eating ice cream. It was very relaxing but full of adventure too.
The entire day was allocated to get the second production running and we worked very hard. That day, we really showed that we are dedicated drama students. We came on the camp to do drama and that is exactly what we did.
Anyway, the success of the performance; the audience’s reaction, the feedback afterwards was worth all our effort … Our teachers must have been quite happy that everything went according to plan, that the arrange an Oscar evening for us.
If I could relive that day and change the choices we have made, I would not do so because through this mistake, we have learnt a valuable lesson … It was a fantastic camp and DAY 14 was the best part of it.
I was never in a place where I was loved in this way and it is hard for me to open up to people but for some reason I did. Not once have I thought that we are on an exchange camp. For me it was like a family camp.