Heart-warming play for the festive season

2010-12-09 00:00

BERGVILLE-born Khanyisile Jwaha, who recently won the new performer, female award at the 2010 Durban Theatre Awards — is one of the stars of Nkanyezi — The Star, which will have its worldpremiere at the Stable Theatre in Durban tomorrow night.

Now in her second year at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she is studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, drama and performance studies, Jwaha first attended the Madela Primary School in Bergville.

She then studied at St Francis College in Mariannhill and Sihayo High School in Nqutu, before moving to Gauteng where she achieved a national diploma in banking from the University of Johannesburg.

Described as “an amusing and heart-warming play”, Nkanyezi tells the story of four friends from different ethnic backgrounds who meet on the night before Christmas Eve to celebrate their successful first year as a co-operative in the fashion business.

There’s Joan (Julia Wilson), a forthright, but emotionally insecure young woman eagerly awaiting the arrival of her mother from overseas for Christmas; calm and spiritual Gloria (Lyschelle Linderboom), the mothering figure of the group; Nomathemba (Jwaha), who has just arrived back from a successful trip to the United States but has a sadness in her life that is difficult for her to overcome; and the bouncy and effervescent Tharusha (Derosha Moodley), who’s just back from India on a trip to drum up new business.

Nkanyezi — The Star is directed by Thuli Dumakude, with scriptwriting by Caroline Smart, and musical direction by Faca Kulu — all three are award winners in their own right — and is dedicated to Kessie Govender, founder of the Stable Theatre.

The play was made possible thanks to internationally renowned playwright, producer, director and choreographer Welcome Msomi, who won the arts category of this year’s Johnnie Walker Celebrating Strides Awards and donated his prize money to the theatre at 115 Johannes Nkosi (Alice) Street, Durban. • Nkanyezi — The Star runs from Saturday until December 19 at 6.30 pm (Sundays at 4.30 pm) with matinées on Saturdays at 2.30 pm. Tickets R30 (R20 students and senior citizens).

To book phone 031 309 2513 or e-mail stabletheatre@telkomsa.net — Arts Editor.

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