Disabled performers show talent

2015-04-30 16:14

AN inspiring showcase of talent! Edutainment with a heart-warming element will be witnessed at the Sand du Plessis theatre later this month when a theatre production made up of disabled performers visits Bloemfontein.

In what will most likely be a first for the performing arts centre, the In Blood musical will be staged at the theatre from 14 to 16 April.

In Blood is a unique, vibrant and heart-warming touring production presented by African Sinakho Arts in association with Pacofs and is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and national Department of Arts and Culture.

Written and directed by Bukelwa Cakata, this inspiring showcase of talent, which was conceptualised by Ndileka Santi, features a cast of 80 performers with various disabilities sharing the limelight with able-bodied dancers.

Rich in African traditional song and dance blended with Western contemporary movements and music. The In Blood musical is centred on the life of Duduzile, a blind village girl whose uplifting story of perseverance to attain success, love and prosperity, regardless of life’s hardships, continues to touch the audiences in all performances.

The central role is played by Thandi Gcwensa, versatile singer, actor and songwriter who happens to be totally blind. Her amazing talent and determination inspired the plot of the musical, which is about beating the odds in the face of physical impairment and the HIV pandemic.

Tickets cost R120, with a concession of R100 for early bookings and pensioners, R60 for group bookings of ten or more people and students. Booking is through Pacofs Box Office (office hours).

The duration of the show is two hours including a 20-minute interval. A preview performance of In Blood will be given on the 13 May at 18:00 (admission free).

The public opening is on Thursday, 14 May, at 19:30. A schools performance will be held on Friday, 15 May, at 11:00, with a final performance on Saturday, 16 May, at 19:30.

For more information, log onto www.africansinakhoarts.org.za, e-mail Bukelwa Cakata at bcakata@africansinakhoarts.org.za or bcakata@yahoo.com, or call Ndileka Santi on 073-426-1049.

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