Empatheatre, in association with the Playhouse Company and Open Society Foundations, presents Ulwembu – a poignant, informative, honest and incisive theatre production about drug addiction. It will be staged in the Playhouse Loft Theatre until April 9.
Over the course of 2015, a dynamic team of storytellers, playwrights, theatre-makers, academics and researchers, set about exploring the Whoonga (low-grade heroin) crises currently plaguing KwaZulu-Natal communities.
The creative team consists of award-winning playwright and director Neil Coppen (Tin Bucket Drum, Abnormal Loads and Animal Farm), top local actress Mpume Mtombeni, Kwa-Mashu based community-theatre group, The Big Brotherhood, and educational sociologist Dylan McGarry.
The cast includes Mpume Mthombeni, Vumani Khumalo, Phumlani Ngubane, Ngcebo Cele, Sandile Nxumalo and Zenzo Msomi. Direction is by Neil Coppen, design by Dylan McGarry and lighting by Tina Le Roux.
After every performance, the cast and creative team will participate in a post-show exchange.
Show times are: Wednesday, April 6 at 9 am and 12 noon, Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm, Friday, April 8 at 12 noon and 7 pm and Saturday, April 9 at 7 pm.
Booking is through Computicket and tickets are R50 for public performances. Community groups and local organisations can contact Dylan McGarry at firstname.lastname@example.org for free admission.
For more information please visit the Ulwembu website: www.ulwembu.net