Dragon: The Cast, On Stage, In Costume

On March 25th, 2014, posted in: Culture, Drama, Galleries, News, Recent Highlights by

Wynberg Boys' High School Major Production 2014: Evgeny Svartz' Dragon

Wynberg Boys’ High School Major Production 2014: Evgeny Svartz’ Dragon – Directed by Kseniya Filinova-Bruton, in association with Wynberg Girls’ High School; character photos courtesy Tania Robbertze

Soviet playwright Evgeny Svartz wrote this political satire in 1944 to highlight how the abuse of power in pre and post WWII Germany and Russia led to tyranny and oppression.

Wynberg Boys' High School: Wynberg Culture on FacebookHe used the popular legend of St George and the dragon to illustrate the universal truth – which is still applicable today – that unless we ‘kill’ the dragon (power for evil) within ourselves, tyranny and corruption will continue.

In the story, the three-headed Dragon is a dictator who terrorises the townsfolk and kills every opponent. Every year he demands that a local girl be sacrificed to him, and the community meekly obliges as they are crippled by fear and the belief that doing what they are told is the only possible way – until our hero Lancelot arrives in town and decides to save the beautiful Elsa from her fate.

But Lancelot can only win against the Dragon’s oppression if everyone becomes free from the fear that is feeding the Dragon’s power.

Eventually, the Dragon drops all his masks and becomes his most dangerous incarnation – “himself”, and the battle begins.

BUT, if Lancelot succeeds, will the people know what to do with their freedom?

Dragon has a bit of everything – a battle scene, a love interest, a subtle political commentary as well as comedy. View cast photos below … and on our Wynberg Culture Facebook Page

Limited seats are available for the remaining performances on Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 March 2014. Tickets R50 for adults, R30 for scholars available from Mrs Patricia Rogers progers@wbhs.org.za