Award-winning theatre on offer in the SA Women’s Arts Fest at the Playhouse

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Mpho Osei Tutu and Ilse Klink in Scorched. Photo: Jane Berg/CuePix

AS part of its celebrations for Women’s Month in August, the Playhouse Company in Durban will present its famed South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF).

Now in its 21st year, the festival, which runs from August 10 to 19, features a host of award-winning dramas, including the Naledi Award-winning productions, Suddenly The Storm and Scorched. Continue reading

Award-winning SA film ‘Inexba’ (‘The Wound’) premieres at DIFF

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Nakhane Touré (seated) in a scene from Inexba’, which is having its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival. Photo: Supplied

THE South African film Inxeba (known internationally as The Wound) has won the best film award in the International New Talent Competition, at the Taipei Film Festival, ahead of its African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival at The Playhouse on Friday, July 14.

This is a latest in a string of awards for the film, which explores tradition and masculinity, and the clash between age-old rituals and modernity. Continue reading

Award-winning music legends, Cyril Neville and Ernie Smith, to wow fans with concert at the Playhouse in Durban

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Cyril Neville.

Great news for music lovers! The International Arts Foundation Inc. from the United States of America, in association with The Playhouse Company, hosts New Orleans-born, Grammy-Award-winning music legend, Cyril Neville and Durban’s own South African Music Award winner, Ernie Smith, in The Playhouse Opera Theatre on Thursday, 4 May at 7.30pm. Continue reading

Harold Ellis Clark’s award-winning play, ‘We Live Here’ headed to the Playhouse

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Harold Ellis Clark, the writer of ‘We Live Here’ at the Playhouse.

The International Arts Foundation Inc. of New Orleans in the United States, in association with Durban’s Playhouse Company, presenting the acclaimed stage drama, We Live Here, by the award-winning American playwright, Harold Ellis Clark.

The powerfully written work, will be staged in The Playhouse Drama Theatre from 5 to 7 May. It marks an ongoing sister-city cultural exchange between New Orleans and Durban, which aims to bridge communication and understanding between the two cities. Continue reading

Think Theatre set to stage two of the Bard’s greatest works, Hamlet & Othello

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Chris van Rensburg plays the villainous Iago with Nhlakanipho Manqele as Othello in Think Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Othello. Photo: Val Adamson

Renowned for its teaching-aid productions of Shakespeare set works for matric school learners, Think Theatre, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents two of The Bard’s greatest tragedies in 2017 – a new staging of Hamlet, and a revival of the company’s widely acclaimed Othello.

These plays will run in tandem with successive seasons in Hilton and Durban in February and March, and a tour to a number of country venues in KwaZulu-Natal, before transferring to Gauteng for runs in Johannesburg and Pretoria in May 2017. Continue reading

Classic musical, ‘The Sound of Music’, to be staged at The Playhouse in Durban

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Lynelle Kenned and the young actors and actresses playing the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music at the Playhouse.

The Playhouse Company is set to delight theatre-goers in KwaZulu-Natal with its festive season staging of The Sound of Music, which opens in the magnificent Playhouse Opera Theatre on November 24 and runs until December 30.

This fresh, sparkling, new production will be directed by award-winning theatre director and actor, Ralph Lawson. Continue reading

Enjoy a celebration of dance from a South African Indian perspective at the Playhouse

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Don’t miss NAACH – My Diary of Dance at the Playhouse

Iqraam Rahim’s Rampage Dance Company proudly presents NAACH – My Diary of Dance, a celebration of dance from a South African Indian perspective.

The production will be performed on Friday, August 19 at 7 pm at The Playhouse in Durban by a cast of some 30 performers, made up of students from Crawford, Northwood, Verulam Secondary, Seatides Combined, DHS, Maritzburg College, St John’s College, Our Lady of Fatima and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Continue reading