Drama students celebrate blackness

2016-05-11 06:00
PHOTO: supplied A scene from ‘Umuntu’.

PHOTO: supplied A scene from ‘Umuntu’.

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OVER the past two months, UKZN Drama and Performance students have been working on a theatre piece Umuntu that, at its core, is a celebration of blackness.

In collaboration with the cast, recently published playwright, Master’s student and multi-award-winning director Kline Smith draws performances from over 30 dancers, poets, musicians and actors in Umuntu.

The diverse cast has created scenes that are both exciting and thought-provoking. Each scene revisits our fractured history while soberly reflecting on life in South Africa 22 years after the hangover brought on by rainbow nation celebrations.

The set is minimalist, except for a piano, a guitar, drums and metal frames. Original, fresh content meets loosely adapted short stories and poems by black writers from as far back as the 1950s.

Umuntu will be at the Hexagon Studio Theatre on 5, 6 and 7 May at 6pm. Tickets are R40 and R25 for students, available at the door.

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Original, fresh content meets loosely adapted short stories and poems by black writers from as far back as the 1950s

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