Ashdown to host theatre festival

2016-04-20 06:00
PHOTO: supplied From tears to laughter, theatre lovers can look forward to four plays at the Ashdown community hall.

PHOTO: supplied From tears to laughter, theatre lovers can look forward to four plays at the Ashdown community hall.

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A YOUTH-EMPOWERED theatre organisation, Thandimpilo Theatre, will host an extravaganza to showcase local hidden acting talent at the Ashdown community hall on 30 April.

One of the four productions that people can look forward to is Run, a play by the Machibisa-based team Siyakha Performing Artists. Run takes you on a journey about two boys’ trials and tribulations after the death of their grandfather.

There is also Beyond Trust by Thandimpilo Theatre, and In Darkness There is Lightby Siyakhona Programme. and Child of a Childby Mzansi Theatre Advancements.

Giving insight into the plays, Thandimpilo Theatre director Sbu Nsalaze said: “Beyond Trusttells of a young boy’s relationship with his grandfather and their take on life. In Darkness There is Light is about a young boy’s struggle to pursue his acting talent.

“Earlier last month we hosted the Uhlevane Theatre Festival which introduced people in townships to the world of theatre. The turnout was great as we had people from Durban and other parts of Pietermaritzburg turning up. Theatre is a great platform for expressing your feelings about community issues and it creates jobs for those who love acting and for those that work behind the scenes,” said Nsalaze.

He promised that at the event one audience member will have the opportunity of winning a surprise gift.

“We want to empower the community and actors by bringing social topics to their attention and by creating jobs for local actors. Our focus is to grow the love for theatre in the townships. Ultimately we would like to sustain a love of theatre in Pietermaritzburg.”

Entry is R10 per adult and R5 per student. For more information, contact Nsalaze on 081 355 3918.

We want to empower the community and actors by bringing social topics to their attention and by creating jobs for local actors

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