Keswick prize at the end of the rainbow for drama student

02 December 2002
A pot of money at the end of the rainbow: Some of the cast of Over the Rainbow pose with their director, who is also the 2002 Keswick Prize winner. They are (from left) Candice van Litsenbourg, David Fick and Ndoni Khanyile.

HIS ESSAY on Homosexual Representation in the Broadway Musical has earned Drama Honours student David Fick this year's Keswick Prize for Lucidity.

Fick's essay examined the development of homosexual identity and relationships in Broadway musicals from 1896–1996. The essay's topics served as a backdrop to Fick's one-act play, Over the Rainbow, which he is also directing. Fick co-wrote the production with drama student Jacqui Kowen.

“Arguments that I look at in the essay are reflected in the play, as a thrust for the actors to look at gay identity in musicals,” explains Fick.

The Keswick Prize for Lucidity is worth R6 000 and is awarded to a third- or fourth-year student, in any technical field, for writing the most lucid essay. Sir Chips Keswick, Chairman of the Hambros Bank Limited, established the prize several years ago to encourage the use of clear, jargon-free prose in writing on technical subjects.

Still on the subject of scholarships, the recipients of the 2003 Dudley D'Ewes Scholarships were recently announced. UCT recipients of the award were Sarah Johnson, Karen Alston and Grechen van der Byl, who received R6 000 each.

The Cape 300 Foundation offers the annual Dudley D'Ewes Scholarships to, among others, post-honours candidates who wish to further their education in the fields of literature, the visual and performing arts or the natural or cultural environment in the Cape Provinces.

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