An out-of-school youth theatre group from the Omaheke Region on Saturday evening swept the boards of the NTN Youth Theatre Festival by winning four of the six categories in the five-day event. With their winning play, Mponenang (Child abuse) the group, Metsweding, will be going to Germany next year to represent Namibia in a festival. The group won: Best Overall Play, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. A group from Oshakati won the Best Actor Award and the Most Promising Actor Award was won by a group from Tsumeb.
"I see theatre as a mirror through which a community and/or the society looks critically at itself as a very powerful medium of reflection and expression during these hard economic times and challenges. During the festival we have had the unique opportunity to witness different life experiences of our people across the country," said the general manager of the National Theatre of Namibia, Werner Thaniseb, when announcing the winners of the festival on Saturday evening at Shifidi Secondary School. More than 70 out-of-school youths in 10 groups took part in the festival with self-written plays.