Enjoy a romp through Durban’s history

Chante du Plessis as Vasco da Gama being henpecked by his wife Anna Maria (Sfundo Sosibo), in a scene from De Compleat Hstry of DBN (without the boring bits!) which is being staged by the students of the Department of Drama Studies at UKZN.

Chante du Plessis as Vasco da Gama being henpecked by his wife Anna Maria (Sfundo Sosibo), in a scene from De Compleat Hstry of DBN (without the boring bits!) which is being staged by the students of the Department of Drama Studies at UKZN.

ENJOY a high energy theatrical romp through the history of Durban in De Compleat Histry of Dbn (without the boring bits!), which is being staged by University of KwaZulu-Natal Drama and Performance Studies Students this week.
Directed by Themi Venturas, the production will be staged at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the Howard College campus in Durban from Wednesday, September 30 to Sunday, October 4.

This tongue-in-cheek potted history is based on the storytelling and comic techniques of the Reduced Shakespeare Company inspired by the style of The Compleat Wrks of Wlm Shkspr (Abridged). Whilst the historical (or should we say hysterical) facts are all correct, the “story behind the story” is wildly imaginative.

The set includes a cartoon timeline designed by Iain “Ewok” Robinson, and a series of very interesting photographs of early Durban projected onto a big central screen.

The production sets out to celebrate the unique history (without the boring bits) of the town “discovered” on Christmas Day by Vasco de Gama, who, apparently, was on a voyage to get away from his nagging wife and a persistent tax man.
It aims to tell the stories behind the historical facts, peppered with occasional ditties, parodies and traditional songs from the city’s earliest history until today.

The play is dedicated to the late Tiki Nxumalo who passed away this year, and was part of the original cast when the production was first staged at the Catalina Theatre.

School-going drama students will enjoy seeing this production’s interesting performance style, and for history scholars it inspires much conversation. A school’s performance has been scheduled for Friday, October 2 at 11 am. Bookings should be made via Claudette Wagner at 031 260 3134 or wagnerc1@ukzn.ac.za

Public performances are from Wednesday to Saturday at 7 pm, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.

Tickets are R60 (R30 students, scholars and pensioners) at Computicket.

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