Looking forward to Musho! – here is a closer look at what’s on offer

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PANSA KwaZulu-Natal presents the 11th Musho! International Theatre Festival from January 13 to 18 at the Catalina Theatre in Durban’s Wilson’s Wharf. The festival is dedicated to small works and the celebration of the skill of the solo or duo performer. If you have been to this festival then get down to the harbour. You won’t regret it!

musho leave it to mesaskia vlees 16Leave it to me – Wednesday, January 13 at 8 pm.

Saskia’s father is a soldier. As long as she can remember, he was away from home to ‘help other people’.  This is the story from the homefront. About saying goodbye, being strong and remaining loyal. To yourself, your family and of course, your homeland.

Performed by Saskia Driessen (pictured), the play has been written by Barry Hofstede and Saskia Driessen and translated by Steve Green.

Stage design and technique is by Adriaan Beukema. Artistic advice: Daniëlle Wagenaar, Willemijn Barelds. Thanks to: MAAStd, and Quint Studio.

The play been brought to the festival by Twist Projects with support from the Netherlands Embassy.

Need to know: Drama. 50 minutes. Ages 16 and up.

carvin press2No Swearing! (Directors Cut) – Thursday, January 14 at 6 pm. 

In 2011 Carvin H Goldstone (pictured) launched his comedy career with this sold-out performance of his family- friendly one-man show. Four one-man shows later, No Swearing remains Carvin’s most loved comedy show.

Written and performed by Carvin H Goldstone.

Need to know: Comedy. 55 minutes. Ages 13 and up.

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A Beautiful Wreckage – Thursday, January 14 at 8 pm. 

The charming story of straight-laced Chase, a focused physics student, and his best friend Damon, a party blogger with a wild streak.  This musical comedy explores all of the ups and downs, the laughter and the tears that inevitably follow a life lived to the full.

Created and performed by Grant Jacobs and Liam Mcdermott. Directed by Caitlin Kilburn. Music produced by Jonathan Simons in collaboration with the creators. Visual Art by Kyle Nell.

Need to know: Musical theatre. 60 minutes. Ages 13 and up.

Sweetie Darling – Friday, January 15 at 6pm. 

On a sunny Durban afternoon a man fusses over setting up a picnic in the park for the love of his life, who sets impossible tasks for him to prove his love. She exasperates, bewilders, and provokes the poor fellow, as he goes all out to prove himself to his ‘sweetie darling’.

Written and directed by Clinton Marius. Performed by Bongani Mbatha.

Need to know: Comedy. 50 minutes.  All ages.

 

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El Blanco sees James Cairns on stage in musical mode in a fabulous piece written by Gwydion Beynon. Pic Dex Goodman

El Blanco – Friday, January 15 at 8 pm. 

El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi will be the best thing since Pancho Villa. Only one actor, so you don’t have to look around so much. One guitar and one ukulele, so you don’t get bored of the same instrument. Songs, for the people who like musicals. Talking, for the people who like jokes. (Winner of a Gold Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2015 National Arts Festival.)

Written by Gwydion Beynon. Performed by James Cairns.

Need to know: Comedy. 50 minutes.  Ages 14 and up.

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Fruit Faces: Little fruit faces become pets for Lu and Bo, the Sunshine Babies in Gisele Turner’s new non verbal adventure for small children. Played by Mlu Ngidi and Deaf actor Sibo Masondo, Sunshine Babies follows a glorious day in the life of two little friends.

Sunshine Babies – Saturday, January 16 at 10am. 

Specially created for toddlers and children aged 2-6. Sunshine Babies follows the sheer exuberance of a day packed with fun activities in the fabulous sub-tropical outdoors of Durban.  Expect to be enchanted by innocent shenanigans, playful object animation and sweet surprises.

Designed and directed by Gisele Turner. Performed by Sibo Masondo and Mlu Ngidi.

Need to know: Family theatre. 45 minutes. Ages 2 and up.

Saturday, January 16 at  2pm – Mattie and Sis 

Matty and Sis are sisters. They have issues and fights, they play to pass the time and laugh together to soothe any sadness and guilt. When one is gone, how does the other continue to live?

Written by Theo Fransz. Directed by Philisiwe Twijnstra. Performed by Ayanda Fali and Vicky Nyanda.

Need to know:Drama. 50 minutes. Ages 10 and up.

Saturday, January 16 at 4pm – Burn Out

A witty, gruesome, heart-warming tale of blood and guts and glory. This is an urban comedy with a difference, real heroes grappling with the Grim Reaper.  We are taken on a journey on the roads of South Africa with two paramedics and the threats they encounter each time they are called to save a life.

Written by JC Zondi and Simphiwe “Fiddy” Ngcobo. Performed by Musa Nkomo and Smangaliso Mnguni.

Need to know: Physical theatre.  45 minutes. Ages 13 and up.

Satjurday, January 16 at 6pm – Culpado 

A general during the civil war in Mozambique disappears after the peace agreement in 1992. After 20 years he comes back home to face his son, already a man, who doesn’t recognize his father or the traumatic history of his own country.

Written by Davido Jose. Directed by Maria Atália. Performed by Davido Jose and Horacio Guiamba.

Need to know: Drama. 50 minutes.  Ages 14 and up.

Brought to the festival with support from Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Development Council.

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Caitlin Kilburn as she appears in The Others. Photo: Val Adamson

Saturday, January 16 at 8pm – The Others  

A platteland ghost story. Sarie’s grief at the death of her mother is compounded by the responsibility of a heavy set of keys she inherits, with which she must lock the house against the darkness each night. Soon we learn of the burden bound to the holder of the keys.

Written and directed by Peter Court.  Performed by Caitlin Kilburn.

Need to know: Drama/Horror.  50 minutes.  Ages 13 and up.

Sunday, January 17 at 11 am – The Last Straw

Written and produced by Grade 9 Kingsway High School Girls.  Be careful what you say, as your words can affect other people.

Performed by Olebeng Mogane and Phumla Cele.   Script assistance from Anele Madiye and Nomonde Msomi.  Mentored by Ria Kleynhans.

Need to know: Drama.  20 minutes.  Ages 10 and up.

Sunday, January 17 at 2pm – Run

Two brothers come from one of the most prominent families in the village. This all changes after the death of their grandfather, the chief. A story about decision making, hope and love; and the impact it has on families.

Created and performed by Dumisani Kubheka and Sbusiso Ntsalaze. Mentored by Roel Twijnstra.

Need to know: Drama.  45 minutes.  Ages 14 and up.

Sunday, January 17 at 4 pm – The Funeral

A weird and wonderful exploration of identity though the great unknown of death itself.  “A lyrical reflection on the brief reality we call life … sparking a thought provoking experience. One leaves the theatre touched on an acutely personal level by something profound” (The Cape Times).

Written and performed by Simo Mpapa Majola. Directed by Phala Onkeditshe Phala.

Need to know: Drama. 45 minutes. All Ages.

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TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande star in Termite!

Sunday, January 17 at 6pm – Termite!

Subtitled ‘Tall Tales for Big People’ – this is an astute combination of physical theatre, satire and a dash of lunacy; blending traditional folk tales with modern South African life. This fast-paced trilogy of stories tells tales of various animals as they take on Minicab Taxis, Colonel Sanders and try to explain why dogs sniff each other’s behinds.

Written by Greig Coetzee. Directed by Peter Mitchell. Performed by Mpilo Nzimande and TQ Zondi.

Need to knwo: Satire. 55 minutes.  Ages 13 and up.

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MUSHO! WITH A TWIST: A DOUBLE BILL OF TWO SHORT SHOWS 

Saturday, January 16 at 12 noon:

The Toilet (Ubizo Theatre Group)

When a girl starts to work in a public toilet as a cleaner, things start to change. Even a toilet can be a place to change your life and the lives of others for the better.

Need t0 know: Drama. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

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Nothando Makhathini as she appears in A Child of a Child – one of the productions to come through the Twist initiative. She performs with Sphamandla Mkhize

A child of a child (Mzansi Theatre Projects Advancement)

This is the journey of Nkathazo, who is trying to find his true identity.

Need to know: Drama. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

Sunday, January 17 at 12 noon  

Beyond trust (Thandimpilo Theatre Company)

Sipho’s grandfather loves nature, especially birds. When Sipho’s friends convince him that hunting birds is what most young boys do for fun, he finds himself in trouble.

Need to know: Drama. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

Utshwayelo Zombie (Nansi Impumelelo Arts and Culture Initiative)

Where the river meets the sea on the Mozambiquan border, fishermen catch fish in their kraals (Utshwayelo). When there is no longer fish in the kraals, they start to wonder:  is it just the wind coming from another direction, or is there more?

Need to know: Horror. 30 minutes. Ages 16 and up.

Ticket prices:  R50. Students, OAPS and PANSA paid-up members: R30. All 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm shows on Saturday and Sunday are pay what you can. BOOKINGS THROUGH COMPUTICKET OR AT THE DOOR.

Enquiries at the theatre:  call 031-8377400 or PANSA: 031-2014765

MASTERCLASSES

Monday, January 18 from 10 am to 3 pm

1:  CREATING STORIES FROM PERSONAL HISTORY (10 am to 12 pm)

Dutch actress Saskia Driessen performs “Leave it to me” and talks about creating stories and characters from personal history.

2: COMEDY IN THE STREETS (1pm to 3pm)

Gerard Oldhaar, a Dutch street theatre performer, takes participants through a series of exercises designed to bring physical comedy to the streets.

The workshops are free, but booking is essential, on 031-2014750.

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