News Update

Drama Presents Shakespeare Plays

Date: Jun 21, 2018

Coming to you on 25 June 2018


Durban, Thursday, 21 June 2018 –South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio station Lotus FM is pleased to announce the start of its renowned  annual Shakespeare radio drama productions. Since 2016, the station has produced the Grade 12 and Grade 11 set works to assist senior learners with their studies. The plays are rewritten and translated into standard modern English to make it easy for  current students to grasp. No other changes are made and the essence of the plays remains the same. The language is written to maintain the elegance and power of Shakespeare’s language.

The first play, Othello, begins on Monday, 25thof June at 09h45 and the episode will be repeated at 21h45. It will run for three weeks and Hamlet will then begin on Monday 16th July at the same time. The beginning of the broadcasts have been planned to coincide with the school holidays. It will run into term time and educators are also encouraged to facilitate a listening session in the classroom. The podcasts of the plays will also be available on the Lotus Fm website

Drama Producer Raeesa Mahomed says, ‘Our Shakespeare productions have been a huge success with great feedback from schools and learners. They were particularly appreciative of the high standard of the production and the translation which facilitated the learners’ studies. Shakespeare is probably one of the most well known writers in the English language and special attention has to be paid to do justice to his work. From all accounts we have achieved this’.

Lotus FM  Programmes Manager, Santosh Beharie cited that he is very pleased at the reception of the productions and expects the same this year.  ‘Radio drama is well established at the station and for years we have produced work that was of a high standard and also speaks to our public service mandate which includes educating, informing and entertaining,’ he said..

The  plays are recorded at the specialized radio drama studios of the SABC in Durban and are accompanied by state of the art sound effects to enhance the production. This, together with the dialogue, results in a finished product that assists students to understand and relate to deep and valuable messages in a play that is centuries old. 

Lotus FM’s frequencies are 87.7 in Durban, 100.6 in Gauteng and 97.8 in Cape Town.



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