Jeb Molteno came first in the senior male monologue section at NCT Shakespeare Festival at the Johannesburg Children’s Theatre last week.
There were 66 entrants in the monologue section and a further 15 scenes, all based on excerpts from Shakespearian plays.“I chose the Benedick monologue from Much Ado About Nothing,” Jeb explained, “because I wanted to do something humourous. We were given about two weeks to decide what we wanted to do and after that it was up to us to decide how hard we wanted to work on it. I gave it a full go, and it paid off.”
Out of the 66 entrants, a male and a female winner were chosen.
Jeb has been heavily involved in drama throughout his time at Jeppe. In 2018 he was in the school’s production of Macbeth and in 2019 he was part of the Take it Like a Man production that brought the first ever win for Jeppe in the Grads competition.
“I was also in Please – our entry into the Feda Festival in 2019. I think our win at Grads did a lot to raise the profile of drama at the school. It was a pity that Covid-19 meant we could not operate last year and our momentum was disrupted.
”The drama programme is up and running again this year and rehearsals are under way for a workshopped play called It is What it Is that will be the school’s entry for the Feda festival in a few weeks time. After that there is Grads which, this year, will consist of monologues and Jeb has written his own piece which he is busy working on.
Drama is Jeb’s first love, but he is also a keen sportsman. “I love rowing and was in A crews in the junior age groups and at under-16 level at the beginning of last year. We never had a rowing season this year, but I am hoping we will get going again in the third term,” he said.
Jeb is in grade 11 this year, so we can look forward to hearing about his performances – on the stage and on the water – for some time still.