Emotionally compelling dramas

2010-03-16 00:00

ONE of the picks of the recent Musho Festival, Grant Jacobs’ My Name Is Lucky! will be staged at the Hexagon Theatre Minifest, which takes place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pieter­maritzburg theatre on March 19 and March 20.

My Name is Lucky! is a compelling tale of a street urchin with a heart of gold who lives on the streets of North Beach. He works as a car guard, acrobat and professional beggar, and he firmly believes life is like a seagull which soars the skies and oceans alike, dipping into the bottomless ocean but always emerging triumphant.

On April 2, 2009, Lucky encounters a potential but particularly troublesome “client”. Their encounter becomes a catalyst for a life-altering journey during which Lucky discovers the solace in a world outside of his own.

This emotionally gripping tale introduces theatregoers to an array of colourful, familiar and exciting characters who either pull Lucky into drowning despair or have him emerge like a seagull after a successful hunt. But throughout it all, Lucky shows resilience, strength and an undiminished sense of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The play will be staged at 6 pm on March 19.

Next up on March 19 is The Horseshoe, a play which tells the story of two young men who made the decision to join the armed struggle of the ANC at the height of apartheid.

When these exiles returned home, life was different. For many, jobs were hard to find, and adjusting to peacetime was difficult. Some came home to a hero’s welcome and were able to benefit from the changes in the country, while others came home to a life no different from that they left, and now feel cheated.

The Horseshoe, which stars Bheki Khabela and Sduduzo Kawula, explores the lives of two of those comrades who come home to very different lives, giving an insight into the conditions of ordinary people who made extraordinary decisions, took risks, and who received very little reward. At a time when debates in South Africa centre on issues around governance, greed and the gravy train, The Horseshoe reminds us that life goes on. The show will be staged at 8 pm.

The final offering on March 19 is The Lover and Another in The Dive at 9.15 pm. The play uses performance poetry and music to explore the complex realities of sexuality in contemporary UKZN.

Featuring the talents of Nokwethemba Mchunu, Kevin Dladla, Thobeka Hadebe, Joy Dlamini, Melikaya Noqawza and Philani Mncwabe, it is frank, humorous, moving and challenging and was recently performed at the Drama For Life Festival at Wits University and in the Orientation programmes on three of the UKZN campuses.

On Saturday, March 20, the festival will host two plays — Senzo is Bululu Uncle at 4 pm and Manspace at 6 pm.

Winner of the best production at the recent Musho Festival Senzo is Bululu Uncle tells the story of a black South African boy who was brought up in a staunch Indian household. The cross-cultural comedy will leave you wondering whether Senzo is a black man in an Indian body, or an Indian in a black man’s body. The show is performed by Senzo Mthethwa and directed by Kumseela Naidoo.

Mary Steward’s Manspace ends this year’s Mini-Fest. In it she offers theatregoers her thoughts on what she understands and knows about men … so far.

From the first realisation as a little girl bathing with Dad that we are different, to the wealth of insight gained from watching her older brother and his friends, to the dating game and the workplace and beyond, Steward shares her moments of truth using a host of hilarious characters with whom we can all identify.

Tickets for each show are R40 and available at the door. Inquiries to the Hexagon at 033 260 5537 or e-mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

 

 

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THE line-up for the fourth annual Theatre Minifest at UKZN’s Hexagon Theatre from March 19 to March 20.

Friday 6 pm: My Name is Lucky

Friday 8 pm: The Horseshoe

Friday 9.15 pm: The Lover and Another (In The Dive)

Saturday 4 pm: Senzo is Bululu Uncle

Saturday 6 pm: Manspace

Tickets R40 per show available at the door.

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