Brett Goldin Bursary

Four years after the murder of South African actor Brett Goldin, his memory was once again honoured when Josette Eales and Thato Moraka were announced the winners of the Brett Goldin Bursary for 2010, at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.

The bursary is designed to enhance and fine-tune actors who are committed to the need and desire to expand their knowledge and acting ability of Shakespeare. Furthermore, it is essential that they are willing, on their return, to use the skills gained to enthuse and encourage others, towards a love and understanding of Shakespeare. Winners will be chosen according to their talent for Shakespeare performance, passion, commitment and overall suitability.

Denise Goldin, mother of the late Brett, said: "My family and I are deeply honoured that Brett's memory continues to be upheld with the incredible success of this unique opportunity and it has been a joy to see how it has benefited the young actors who have been through the programme. Besides enhancing their own performances these actors have brought back to South Africa their passion for Shakespeare and positively used this to encourage and inspire upcoming actors to share their love of Shakespeare. I would like to congratulate Josette and Thato, who are both superb young actors, on becoming the latest recipients of this important bursary."

Eales and Moraka were chosen from seven finalists and a shortlist of 17 actors (out of nearly 80 applicants countrywide) who took part in the two-day audition process at the Market Theatre. Of the ten female and seven male actors short-listed, seven of the actors are from Johannesburg, six from Cape Town, and one each from Durban, Pretoria, Grahamstown and Port St Johns.

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