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RSC’s Brett Goldin Bursary to end after 10 years

2016 Brett Goldin Bursary winners Buhle Ngaba and David Viviers with Denise Goldin (centre). Photo: Fahiem Stellenboom 2016 Brett Goldin Bursary winners Buhle Ngaba and David Viviers with Denise Goldin (centre). Photo: Fahiem Stellenboom
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A Royal Shakespeare Company bursary set up in the name of a South African performer is to end after 10 years, with Buhle Ngaba and David Viviers selected as its final recipients.

The actors will spend a month with the theatre company, working with its text and actors’ support department.

The Brett Goldin Bursary was set up in the name of South African actor Brett Goldin in 2006, after he was killed just days before he was due to work with the RSC in a production of Hamlet.

It was formed to “give other young actors the opportunity which Brett was denied”.

However, the RSC said that after a decade of running the scheme, and in the 400th Shakespeare anniversary year, it felt “an appropriate time to mark the end of the bursary”.

“It has not only been a wonderful way to honour Brett, but has given 11 South African performers an amazing opportunity to spend time with the RSC,” a spokesman said.

A plaque in memory of Goldin will be unveiled at the venue this year.

RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said: “In the decade of the bursary’s existence we have been delighted to host nine young South African performers here in Stratford. We are looking forward to welcoming Buhle and David, the final two winners, in this special Shakespeare anniversary year.”

Goldin’s mother, Denise, will come to the theatre to see a plaque unveiled in her son’s memory.

She said: “Since this bursary was first initiated I have always been overwhelmed and overjoyed by the wealth of young talent and performers that South Africa is blessed with.”

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