THE Playhouse Company is celebrating theatre in KwaZulu-Natal with a special showcase of productions this October, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.
Co-curated by the Playhouse Company with K-CAP, Umsindo Theatre Projects, the University of KZN drama department and an independent panel, the KZN Arts Showcase features 10 productions. Continue reading
Phumlani Mtiti. Photo: John Ivins Photography
Arts and Living Cultures at the eThekwini Municipality is supporting 12 Durban theatre groups at this year’s National Arts Festival, which is taking place in Grahamstown until 9 July. Continue reading
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
The cast of KickStArt Theatre Company’s Into the Woods which is running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban. Photo: Val Adamson
KickStArt Theatre Company has been rewarded with 54 nominations in this year’s The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards. The ceremony will be staged at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus at 7.30pm on Monday, November 21. Continue reading
After a sold-out run in Pretoria and Durban, the award-winning production of the classic novel Animal Farm returns to Joburg. Director Neil Coppen’s version of George Orwell’s timeless work of satire will run at Joburg’s Market Theatre for two weeks only, from September 20. Continue reading
Sunshine Babies, by Happy go Lucky Productions, stars Mlu Ngidi and deaf actor Sibo Masondo.
THE sixth annual Durban University of Technology Children’s Theatre Festival takes place at the DUT City Campus and the Courtyard Theatre in Steve Biko Road, Durban, from September 8 to 11. Continue reading
ANIMAL Farm remains one of the most powerful stories I’ve ever written and Neil Coppen’s adaptation of George Orwell’s work is just as thought-provoking – and if you miss the performances at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban at 10 am and 7 m on August 6 and 3 pm on August 7, you will have missed something very special. Continue reading
Nobulali Productions, in association with The Playhouse Company, will present Nothing but The Truth by Dr John Kani, at 3 pm on Sunday, August 7 in the Playhouse Loft Theatre in Durban.
This is the only public performance of the work which has been created as a learning aid production geared to assist pupils who are studying the play as a set-work. Continue reading
DURBAN theatre practioners, Emma Durden and Roel Twijnstra, launched their book, Theatre Production in South Africa at Think!Fest, during the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
The Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry development programme of the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival, wrapped up on June 20 with an awards ceremony at the Tsogo Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa. Continue reading