Comedians, Aaron McIlroy, John Vlismas and Jem Atkins, to deliver ‘An Evening of Chemody’ to support Themi Venturas

Join John Vlismas, Aaron McIlroy and Jem Atkins in An Evening of Chemody at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus at 7.30pm on Monday, June 26 and help raise funds for theatre legend, Themi Venturas’ medical expenses. Continue reading

Have ‘One for the Road’ with the Dingalings at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre

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The cast from Dingalings Productions is at it again. In their hilarious new show One for the Road, to be staged at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre this month, the guys are on the way to a gig when their car breaks down.

While waiting for “roadside” assistance, they get up to their usual antics, relaying nostalgic stories and performing toe-tapping hits from yesteryear.  Continue reading

Play about Whoonga drug crisis wins big at 2016 Durban Theatre Awards

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Ulwembu, a play which examines the Whoonga drug problem in KwaZulu-Natal, won five prizes at the Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. Photo: File

ULWEMBU, a play which tackles the serious consequences of the Whoonga (low grade heroin) drug problem in Durban, was one of the big winners at this year’s Mercury Durban Theatre Awards.

Over the course of 2015, award-winning playwright and director Neil Coppen (Tin Bucket Drum, Tree Boy, Abnormal Loads and Animal Farm), actress Mpume Mtombeni, KwaMashu-based community-theatre group, The Big Brotherhood, and educational sociologist, Dylan McGarry, set about exploring the crisis.

The result of the two-year research/play-making process was a powerful new theatre production, which gave audiences the opportunity to walk in the shoes of users, dealers, police officers, social-workers and parents of drug users. Continue reading