Elton Sibanda, a 2014 School Playwrights and Actors Academy (SPAA) graduate, won the best director award for his play, Burning Ulcer, at the just ended Intwasa Arts Festival’s Plan High Schools Drama Competition.
Awards for Burning Ulcer at Intwasa also include best production, best male cameo role and best actor. It was a humbling victory because the competition was stiff.
Elton Sibanda The Intwasa accolades comes after Elton also won the best director, best production, best costumes, best actor, best supporting actor and best cameo role awards at the Youth Cultural Arts Festival (YOCAF) held in Masvingo last August.
Burning Ulcer is a play about a 20 year old man who wishes to study and make a career in the arts. Being a child from a family of doctors he has a hard time convincing them to allow him to pursue his dream but, against all odds, he manages to study film and theatre studies and become successful.
The play is acted by Gifford High School drama club. Burning Ulcer is due to be performed at the National Association of School Heads (NASH) final competitions to be held in Masvingo on 30 September.