The Playhouse Company supports productions at NAF18

26 Jun 2018

The Playhouse, an Agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is supporting nine stage shows from in and around Durban which will travel to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June and July 2018.

 

The National Arts Festival opens this weekend and runs until 8 July. 

 

More details for each production are as follows:

NAME OF SHOW: MEETING WITH MYSELF 

PRESENTED BY: MAGENTA PRO

 

Two women share their stories as they try to move on from the past in this thought-provoking and powerful production.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Meeting with myself tells the tale of two women who meet in a mental institution. Their relationship is sparked by the common denominator of their pain or misery - their fathers. As they share their stories with each other, they see the need to get to know who they are and move on from their past. One believes that the only way she can move on from her past is by killing her father, while the other only seeks to make peace with her abusive father. Are they going to find what they want? Are they going be able to move on from their past?

 

With Lerato Ntuli, Usisikelele Ngalo, and Sanele Mbhele. Written and Directed by Nkosingiphile Dlamini

 

VENUE: NG KERK HALL

NAF18 PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 28 June @ 17h00 (25% Off)

  • 29 June @ 12h30

  • 30 June @ 12h00

  • 2 July @ 16h30

  • 3 July @ 18h30

  • 4 July @ 20h00

 

Theatre | 70 Mins | Eng Zul | 14+ (NFC)

 

Bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/meeting-with-myself/

NAME OF SHOW: EMPTY STAGE – THE REVELATION

PRESENTED BY: KWA-MASHU COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT PROJECT (KCAP)

 

A woman who was once an actor interrupts a production, with intriguing consequences, in this unusual and riveting absurdist play.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Empty Stage tells the story of a woman who was an actor but nothing ever went right for her. We meet her as she enters the theatre to watch a show. Soon it is revealed that all is not well with her. Not seeing why the audience is laughing, she steps onto the stage to complain about the show. The show’s producer gets frustrated as she disturbed the play’s pivotal moment, but this woman wants her money back. This play is Absurdist Theatre.

 

With Ntombifuthi Mfeka and Ayanda Khanyile. Written by Edmond Mhlongo and Directed and Choreographed by Nothando Mchunu.

 

VENUE: LIBRARY HALL

NAF18 PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 3 July @ 10h00 (Free Fringe)

  • 4 July @ 20h00

  • 5 July @ 16h00

  • 6 July @ 12h00

  • 7 July @ 16h00

  • 8 July @ 12h00 (50% off)

 

Theatre | 60 Min | Eng | All Ages

 

Bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/empty-stage/

NAME OF THE SHOW: WILTING LILIES

PRESENTED BY: BEHIND THE 4TH WALL FILM AND PRODUCTION

 

This engaging drama skilfully deconstructs masculinity and the expectations of society by following the fascinating journey of two brothers discovering their own humanity.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Wilting Lilies is about the call for help by two young men, having lived in a society much like our own, trying to deconstruct the misconceptions of masculinity and suicide. However, these two young men begin to remind themselves that they are brothers and must live their lives without each other. Having hope to one day gain back each other’s trust, most importantly, becoming free, breaking away from the chains which society had placed around them and, finally, learning how to become human once again.

 

With Mfundo Msomi and Sizwe Hlophe. Written and Directed by SMS Ngcobo.

 

VENUE: LIBRARY HALL

NAF18 PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 4 July @ 10h00

  • 5 July @ 20h00

  • 6 July @ 10h00

  • 7 July @ 20h00

  • 8 July @ 14h00 (50% Off)

 

Theatre | 45 min | Eng Zul | 16+ (M NFC)

 

Bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/wilting-lilies/

NAME OF SHOW: THUMA MINA  

PRESENTED BY: TRULIFE

 

An inspiring and dynamic fusion of physical theatre, dance, poetry, and film that offers a fresh and optimistic take on South Africa’s socio-political climate.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Thuma Mina (Send Me) combines physical theatre, dance, poetry and multimedia into a dynamic, multi-disciplined performance. Through these different mediums, the socio-political climate of South Africa, 24 years after democracy, is explored. The performers bring a fresh, updated look on issues such as race, gender, class and the divides that separate, with their ultimate message being one of hope. The production tells the story of two people from a fictional world whose culture wants to keep them apart. However, the power of youth to mobilise and fight for change is highlighted as they overcome historic barriers and take new ownership of their land and its struggles. While Thuma Mina will appeal to teenagers and young adults, its use of comedy, satire, drama and pop culture will leave audiences of all ages entertained and challenged. 

 

With Anica Scholtz, Edward Arderne and Mthokozisi Makhanye. Directed by Nancy Strauss.

 

VENUE: GYMNASIUM

NAF18 PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 5 July @ 10h00 (Free Fringe)

  • 6 July @ 12h00 & 16h00

  • 7 July @ 21h00

  • 8 July @ 10h30 (50% Off)

 

Theatre | 50 Min | Eng Zul Afr | 12+ (VP)

 

Bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/thuma-mina-send-me/

NAME OF SHOW: PEACE MAGENTS   

PRESENTED BY:  UBUHLE BOMLAZI

 

This courageous and hard-hitting play highlights the message to township youth that crime does not pay.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Peace Magents is about issues of four convicted prisoners in Durban Westville Correctional Services, they relate their stories of conviction to each other and how they were convicted. The main theme behind is that crime does not pay, in the long run it leads to conviction, if you are lucky it leads to the disintegration of social standards. The play takes you on a roller-coaster ride of a journey, using physical actions to accommodate the dialogue. Peace Magents leaves one in search of meaning about their existence. The Plays intention is to promote moral values to the people of the township, especially the youth.

 

VENUE: B2 ARENA

NAF18 PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 3 July @10h00

  • 4 July @ 12h00

  • 5 July @ 18h30

  • 7 July @ 14h00

  • 8 July @ 10h00 (50% Off)

 

Theatre | 50 Min | Eng | PG

 

Bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/peace-magents/

NAME OF SHOW: TRUELIES

PRESENTED BY: YOUNG OUTREACH ARTIST (YORA)

 

This award-winning production finely focuses on a young man’s challenges when sent to a psychiatric facility for examination.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

True Lies is about a young man who was sent to a psychiatric facility for examination after refusing to advocate for a black system in a debate.

 

With Sbusiso Mthimkhulu and Tokelo Tsalong. Written and Directed by Nkululeko Mkhize.

 

VENUE: LIBRARY HALL

NAF PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 3 July @ 18h00 (50% Off)

  • 4 July @ 12h00

  • 5 July @ 12h00

  • 6 July @ 16h00

  • 7 July @ 10h00

  • 8 July @ 16h00 (50% Off)

 

Theatre |50 Min | Eng Zul | All Ages

 

Bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/truelies/

NAME OF THE SHOW: VUKA MOSES

PRESENTED BY: UMPHITHI YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

 

The deeply moving reminiscences of an Umkhonto weSizwe soldier in exile during the struggle are explored in this profound piece of physical theatre.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Vuka Moses is about an ex-MK soldier who spent time in exile fighting for freedom. He wishes that the voices of the late generation who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom should be heard by the present generation. The play explores the pain, death, love and experiences felt by Umkhonto Wesizwe Soldiers while in exile.

 

Written by Gcina Mdluli and directed by Thobani Ntombela, with choreography by Philani Zondi and music by Nathi Shange.

 

VENUE: REHEARSAL ROOM

NAF18 PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 6 July @ 11h00

  • 7 July @ 14h00 & 20h00

 

Physical Theatre | 50 Mins | Eng Zul | All Ages

 

Bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/vuka-moses/

NAME OF SHOW: SULLIED   

PRESENTED BY: KRISTI–LEIGH GRESSE

 

Dance and spoken word are used with powerful effect in this gripping examination of human behaviour and identity.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

What do we do in a world where human tolerance and experience is so conditioned to endure abuse, suffering and pain? Using dance and spoken word this piece dives deep into the world of rape culture, sexuality, gender identity, race polarization and religion. Sullied challenges us to deconstruct the politics around our bodies and question how we negotiate our existence a society that works so hard to police our minds and our bodies.

 

Choreographed by Kristi-Leigh Gresse. Featuring Kristi-Leigh Gresse, Lebogang Muludi and Okuhle Danti. Directed by Matjamela Motloung

 

VENUE: PJ’s

NAF18 PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 28 June @ 20h00 (Free Fringe)

  • 29 June @ 16h00

  • 30 June @ 14h00

  • 1 July @ 20h00

  • 2 July @ 18h00

 

Dance | 45 Min | Eng Zul | PG (MLNP NFC)

 

Bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/sullied/

NAME OF SHOW:  DOWN TO THE MARROW   

PRESENTED BY: FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY

 

The echoes of ancestral Zulu traditions and the need for contemporary urban blacks to find a sense of self are brilliantly brought to life in this powerful dance production.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Down to The Marrow is a hard-hitting and beautiful dance theatre journey into the interior landscape of identity. Performed by the award-winning Flatfoot Dance Company, this work looks at the echoes of ancestral Zulu traditions and how contemporary urban black lives negotiate a sense of self. 'Marrow' is made up of two inter linking dance works; the first is a female space where two women find community in a journey that sheds layers, and the second is a male space where young men learn to hold and support one another in defiance of patriarchy.

 

Directed by Lliane Loots. Choreographed and featuring Jabu Siphika, Zinhle Nzama and Sifiso Khumalo

 

VENUE: CENTENARY HALL

NAF PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 1 July @ 10h00 (25% Off)

  • 2 July @ 14h30

  • 3 July @ 18h00

  • 4 July @ 14h00

 

Dance | 55 Min | Non-Verbal | PG (NFC)

 

Bookings: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/events/down-to-the-marrow/

While attending this year’s National Arts Festival, The Playhouse Company will also be scouting as usual for shows to bring to its stages in Durban.

 

Visit The Playhouse Company website at www.playhousecompany.com and follow them on social media @durbanplayhouse for the latest on all events. 

 

 

Editor's Note: Performance dates and times sourced from www.nationalartsfestival.co.za on 26 June 2018 at 11h00. 

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