From 9-11 September, the talent on Groenkloof campus was showcased in a production presented by UP residence Kiaat called Hope in Notes. The original production was written and choreographed by Thabang Mabena and included everything from rap, poetry and acting to gumboot dancing, modern dance and singing. The production followed the story of a boy from rural Kwa-Zulu Natal who gets the opportunity to come to UP to study music. His family are apprehensive about this, however, as they claim that music is not a “real degree”. He arrives at Kiaat where he finds support and friendship. While this is happening, he struggles with thoughts about his father, who abandoned him when he was just a small child. Woven into the storyline, poetry, rap, dancing and singing express the feelings that the boy from KZN feels as he enters this new stage of his life.
The production included inputs from each of the Groenkloof residences, and their aim, according to Keegan Timmermans, Kiaat’s new internal culture HK, is “to put Groenkloof campus back on the map”. The plan was to bring the Groenkloof residences together and show the different cultures and talents of the residents. They hope to return again next year and aim to perform on Hatfield campus. The production was a success and ran to an enthusiastic crowd on all three nights that it ran. Timmermans commented that “[the show] was honestly an experiment. It was something Kiaat hasn’t done before, and as far as I know no residence has done [recently]. I’m glad we got to do something different.”