Powerful new play, ‘Lenny’, at Durban’s Playhouse

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Lenny – a powerful new play commemorating the life of former political activist Lenny Naidu – is to be staged in the Playhouse Drama Theatre in Durban from July 21 to 31.

Written and narrated by Jayshree Parasuramen, directed by Themi Venturas, and starring Rahul Brijnath, Lenny tells a moving human story about a man who gave his life for to the struggle for freedom of the people of South Africa. 

“Whilst Lenny is a story based in the history and facts of the ANC stalwart Lenny Naidu who was killed during the latter years of apartheid by the Third Force based at Vlakplaas, the story is also universal.

“It is about families who are torn apart by history unfolding, and those that are left behind. It is about chance, but most of all it is about one human’s propensity for brutality on another – the sort of brutality that was inflicted by the apartheid era, or the holocaust, or the Russian pogroms, or the killing fields of Cambodia,” said Jayshree Parasuramen.

Showtimes are: 7.30 pm on July 21; 7.30 pm on July 22; 3 pm and 7.30 pm on July 23; 11 am on July 27 and 28 (schools performances); 3 pm and 7.30 pm on July 30; with a final performance at 3 pm on Sunday. July 31.

Tickets are R120 for the public performances of Lenny. Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at http://www.computicket.com. Alternatively call the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540 or 369 9596 (office hours).

Tickets for the school performances are R30 per pupil. To secure school bookings, call 072 9260692 or 083 610 9931 or 031 826 5585 (o/h).

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