Ryan Naamdhew’s success as a playwright continued as Jeppe’s entry into the Gauteng Regional Dramatic Arts Society (GRADS) competition, Rush, was named the best original script over the three legs of the contest.
David Newton was named best supporting actor over the series.
Ryan began his writing career last year when his play Café Society won the best script award at last year’s GRADS competition, along with the prizes for best actor and supporting actor.
A second play written by him, Shrunk, will be performed at the Edenvale Amateur Dramatic Society (EADS) festival this week.
Ryan is also a talented actor, and appeared in Jeppe’s entry in the Festival of Elite Dramatic Arts (FEDA) festival at the Johannesburg Theatre last week. Jeppe performed Gifted, an original script written by another Jeppe pupil, Matthew De Bie.
That was a special occasion – Jeppe were the first State school to be invited to this prestigious event – and they received a favourable adjudication, although the final results have not yet been released.
Although the dramatic arts are Ryan’s passion, he has a level head and realises that he stands a better chance of continuing his involvement in them after school is he has a steady job off the stage.
So, he will be going to University to study Environmental Science next year. “I also love Geography,” he said. “So I will hopefully be involved in both areas after I leave school.