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Chris Vorster
Chris was on stage in 'Die Hart Verklap' at the Toyota US Woordfees in Stellenbosch recently.

“Difficult and very strange,” is how Chris Vorster, veteran actor and Drama lecturer at the University of the Free State (UFS) describes his role as Bas Koorts in the supernatural thriller Die Spreeus

For Chris, the biggest challenge during the filming of Die Spreeus was to work in front of a green screen. “You never see the monsters and things attacking you, it is only added later on during the editing process,” he said. Therefore, he and his co-actors were expected to use their own imagination “to be frightened, and to duck and dive from something that does not exist.” 

This Afrikaans thriller series has recently been nominated in five categories of the South African Film and Television Awards, including Best Television Drama, Best Cinematography, and Original Sound and Sound Editing. 

Chris was also nominated for a Fiësta award in 2019 for his one-man performance in the theatre production, Die Hart verklap. “It is fantastic to still be recognised for my work,” he said, “but I also have to give recognition to Dion van Niekerk, because without a good director, any actor will be lost.” Van Niekerk also lectures Drama at the UFS.

Being a lecturer broadens his knowledge 

Chris joined the UFS Department of Drama and Theatre Arts in 2015 as lecturer in the programme for Film en Visual Media. “Everything I learn in the industry I apply as lecturer, and research and teaching feed more knowledge on acting, directing, and especially writing,” he said. After five years, being involved with the UFS Department of Drama is still exciting to him. “This is where both lecturers and students get encouraged to do more than just breathing.” 

With his busy schedule of teaching and acting, it remains important to him that South Africans are still able to tell stories – “in any language”. He considers it a privilege for anyone to work in their mother tongue. This is also why the symbiosis between his work as actor and lecturer is so appealing.

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UFS symposium focuses on troubled youths
2010-04-29

The Health and Wellness Centre at the University of the Free State (UFS) will present an interesting symposium on coping with troubled youths. The symposium is aimed at people working with youths between the ages of 12 and 18.

The symposium will take place on Saturday, 15 May 2010 from 08:30 to 13:00 in the BOK Auditorium at the UFS. The cost is R80 per person.

Dr Annette Prins of the centre says in the symposium attention will be given to alcohol and drug abuse, the juvenile delinquent and homosexuality. These behavioural patterns amongst youths influence a broad spectrum of issues, also sexual behaviour, that can potentially influence the further spreading of HIV/Aids.

The presenters are social workers Santie Froneman and Riaan du Plessis and psychologist Lindi Nel.

For further enquiries and to book, please contact Annemarie at 0861921921 or annemarie@z2a.co.za  or fax 0866559169.

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