Westlake Primary Drama Programme 2021


We have had an amazing time with 19 learners from the Westlake Primary School. We all enjoyed an intense 5 month enrichment through drama programme earlier this year.

Fondazione Labia  has been great supporter of our programme and loved what we were able to achieve with the learners at the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2021.

On Thursday, 28 October, the children were excited to receive their Certificates.  We celebrated the excellence they showed both for learning new skills and for their performances on stage.

Our drama programme is a winner and we will be sharing this with a new group in 2022.

Westlake Primary School 2021
The learners from Westlake Primary School – Enrichment Through Drama 2021

National Arts Festival – V Fringe 8 – 31 July

PERFECT DAY – pictures from a dark room

Coleen, directed by Celia, brings her one woman show to the stage for the month of July 2021.

Much excitement to be back in a theatre, even though we did not play to an audience, just a group of friendly technicians and camera peeps.

Coleen tells a story of an imperfect life – the good, the bad, the funny.  Yes, her own life where

“Our family’s dysfunction on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least and 10, the most, goes from a modest 3 to a hefty 8 and back to a promising 6. Depending largely on who’s holding the talking stick of course.”


There are stories to be told and we were thrilled to put a theatre piece back on the boards.

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Shakespeare Lives Here

What a thrill to see the Westlake Primary School kids again after a year’s absence due to Covid-19.  Shakespeare was the theme for our 4 month drama enrichment programme.   The learners got to learn about and do Julius Caesar but with the freedom given to us by the Shakespeare Schools Festival, we could put our spin on it and give it our local flavour.

Calpurnia’s nightmare – photo credit: A Gorman Photography
Beware the Ides of March – Photo Credit: A Gorman Photography
Et tu, Brute – Photo Credit: A Gorman Photography

Masked, but undeterred, our Shakespeare drama kids, marched, danced, rapped their way through 20 minutes of this iconic piece and came away with the experience of performing on the stage of Cape Town’s iconic Artscape Theatre.

The sense of achievement and joy that these children take away from this experience is priceless.

(All images Credit:  A Gorman Photography)

Circle Productions takes a Trip

Storytelling at it’s Best – The Barrydale Analog Festival – 2020
Photo Credit: Mark Fourie

Celia Musikanth, of Circle Productions, accompanied David Muller, the Merry Scholar, to Riebeek Kasteel over the weekend 17 – 19 December 2020  where he performed a series of Herman Charles Bosman’s “Oom Schalk” stories to  Covid compliant full houses and standing ovations.  For nearly nine years Celia has been involved as director and mentor for David’s highly successful shows.

The Royal Arts Town Amphitheatre in Riebeek Kasteel, was a perfect venue for outdoor performances and luckily David  has been able to perform his shows throughout the country during 2020.

The previous weekend, David took Oom Schalk’s stories to the Analog Festival in Barrydale.

These shows, that have travelled the length and breadth of our country for the last nine years,  are highly entertaining – to book “Oom Schalk”, contact David on 072 986 5311.


Acting Workshops for the Learners of Sun Valley Primary – February 2020

Groups of lively, fun-loving schoolkids joined us for a series of four workshops towards the end of February.  The Grade 6 learners enjoyed a unique acting experience with Circle Productions.

In a local Muizenberg church hall with its lovely stage, we taught the school children how to project their voices, use body language and we gave them tips on how to create believable characters.

Our theatre games gave the learners a chance to improve their skills and they had lots of fun doing it.  Acting workshops like this are ideal for all age groups – grownup children too!

Finding our "happy" through body language
Peas and Carrots – with a great deal of Joy


November 2019 – News Highlights

Highlight – The Joy of the Journey

Four months of weekly sessions with the children of Westlake Primary ended in their showcase Saturday 30th November where they showed their parents and teachers what they had learned and how talented they are. They were fabulous and impressive and we thank our  partners Fondazione Labia (Labia Foundation) for supporting us in this venture and being such great supporters of development of the arts.

Using our Imaginations to Build a Boat

Highlight – Writers become Actors

Circle Productions was really busy this November as we wound up for the year.  We had an awesome time with the West Coast Writers’ Circle with an interactive session, taken from our Be an Actor for a Day programme and tailormade especially for writers.  We gave them tips on how best to prepare for and read their work out loud.

West Coast Writers'Circle

Highlight – Fun and Games at Groote Schuur Hospital School

Circle Productions visited the Groote Schuur Hospital School to give some pleasure to the ill children who spend time in hospital and are given education, stimulation and fun while there.
We tailored our drama workshop session to the energy level of the patients and without exception, the children loved their time with us and grew in confidence while enjoying an hour of fun activities.
This is the second of four sessions and we look forward to a few more in 2020.

Highlight – Dotty Drama Kids – An “In theatre” Experience

We love this drama school based in the South Peninsula – they do such amazing drama training for children. We also love that they join us for a morning at the Masque Theatre to get a chance to work with us and to learn a little more about how a theatre works.  They also get a chance to showcase what they have learned with us at the end of the session. Working with such enthusiastic and talented children is a real treat.

A circle of acting enjoyment

We look forward to 2020 – we look forward to all things fun and good and theatrical!

The Casa Labia Kids are Getting Ready for their Showcase

Performance is everything.  And we are getting ready for our showcase on 30 November with our Westlake Primary School kids. The programme is sponsored by the Fondazione Labia.

We will be highlighting what they have learned with us over the last 4 months – mime, character work, vocal ability, imagination, song and dance.

We pull in our friends in theatre to give the children some specialised classes too – from working with the dancers from Muizenberg High School to the wonderful drama teacher from Dotty Dance and Drama.

Watching these youngsters grow in confidence and skill is such a treat and we are all looking forward to the showcase for parents and teachers.

The Casa Labia Kids – this is our tree – and it’s a happy tree!

Be an Actor for a Day – Sunday 29 September 2019

Spring is the time to awaken those dormant senses.  Find your creativity, expression and sense of fun, by joining us for our last session of Be an Actor for a Day for 2019.

Peas and carrots – 30 June 2019

Fun and games, basic acting skills, the joy of performance, a day to remember.

Booking details and info:  Call 072 120 5645

email: coleenvanstaden@gmail.com

R400 pp single booking

R350pp (2+)

Youngsters (14 -18)  R200 pp

Masque Theatre, Muizenberg  09h00 – 16h00

Drama Training at Casa Labia Cultural Centre

Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg is the venue for drama training for sixteen learners from Westlake Primary School, Westlake.  The programme is sponsored and supported by the Fondazione Labia.

From July to November, every Friday,  these enthusiastic learners enjoy interactive, fun-filled drama training with Celia and Coleen.

For five months, these youngsters will enjoy learning basic acting skills and prepare for a showcase for an audience of their schoolmates and parents.

Nothing better!

Be an Actor for a Day – Sunday session 30 June 2019

Be an Actor for a Day 2019
Happy Performers – Our troupe of actors 30 June 2019

Be an Actor for a Day 30 June 2019

Be an Actor for a Day continues to go from strength to strength and we are so proud of how well our actors take to the programme and grow in skill and confidence throughout the day with us.