Pinelands High pupils return to the stage

The leading cast of The Boy Who Fell from the Roof, from left, are Zahra Antulay (Patricia), Qhama Dywili (Simon), Inga Deliwe (George) and Matthew Redfern (Leonard).

Pinelands High school pupils will be gracing the stage for the first time since the pandemic with their production of The Boy Who Fell from the Roof.

The play is adapted from the book of the same name by South African author Juliet Jenkin and the play is directed by Pinelands High school drama teacher, Tara Notcutt.

“It is a play about love, death, friendship, being queer, and growing up,” says Ms Notcutt.

Billed as a universal coming-out tale, it is set in Cape Town, and the main character, Simon is played by Qhama Dywili.

His best friend, George, is played by Inga Deliwe, while Zahra Antulay plays his mother, and Matthew Redfern plays the part of university student Leonard. Some 30 pupils are part of the large chorus.

Ms Notcutt says it’s a wonderful feeling to finally be able to be back on stage.

The Pinelands pupils have been rehearsing since May and are excited to perform in front of an audience again. Qhama says the cast has shown good camaraderie during rehearsals. Matthew says it is great to see a return to some of the things that they love so much about school life and the opportunities that they are getting.

The Boy Who Fell from the Roof will play at the Kent Hall, Pinelands High School, from Wednesday August 3 until Friday August 5, from 7pm. Tickets are R50 and can be bought through Quicket.