Local theatre returns to its roots

2008-01-08 00:00

THE Musho Festival of one- and two-person theatre, a regular event on the quiet January theatre scene in Durban, opened on Thursday at the Kwasuka Theatre with a performance of The Life and Work of Petrovic Petar. The festival runs until January 13, with shows at both the Kwasuka and the Catalina theatres.

There is a main festival, where the shows, including three international offerings, get two performances each, and a fringe, where each piece has just one outing. So it is worth checking details of the shows out on the website at www.musho-festival.co.za, or phoning the Catalina Theatre at 031 305 6889 or the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (Pansa) office at 031 309 5838, or visiting their website kzn@pansa.org.za

The Pansa in KwaZulu-Natal hosts the Musho Festival and the festival director is Emma Durden. Speaking before the opening performance, Themi Venturas of Pansa encouraged theatre-goers to get out and sample what is on offer. After the glitz and spectacle of the festive season shows last month, local theatre now returns to its roots — small, sometimes experimental, and often challenging.

To book tickets for performances at either venue, call Thandeka at the Catalina Theatre at 031 305 6889. The full programme is available at www.mushofestival.co.za. Tickets can be bought online at www.stricktlytickets.co.za or www.goingplacessa.co.za

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