KwaPata to host international theatre group

2017-01-25 06:03
PHOTO: supplied Dutch actress Willeminjn Haasken.

PHOTO: supplied Dutch actress Willeminjn Haasken.

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A DEVELOPING theatre group in KwaPata - Mzansi Theatre Projects - is one of the beneficiaries of Durban’s newest arts festival, the Fresha Festival.

The Fresha Festival, an initiative by Twist Theatre Development Projects, has organised for a theatre group from the Netherlands to perform at Mzansi studio on 19 January prior to their performance in Durban.

Director of Mzansi Theatre Projects Ndumiso Mazibuko said they were asked to host this group, who is in the country to perform at the Fresha Festival.

“This is a networking and skills development exchange programme that focuses on the development of theatre groups in KwaZulu-Natal. We are proud to be one of the community theatre groups selected to host this group from the Netherlands.

“We believe the time they spend in our theatre will be beneficial to us in developing the quality of our work artistically.”

Mazibuko said the purpose of hosting the Netherlands group is also to gain an audience from the show for the upcoming festival. The group from the Netherlands will be performing a play directed by Isil Vos starring Dutch actress Willeminjn Haasken.

Haasken plays a crazy drag queen who fights for the freedom of mankind. She fantasies about a world without boundaries, where all can be really free.

Twist Theatre Development Projects’s Emma Durden said the festival will offer a refreshing taste of theatre on the Durban beachfront.

“What could be more quintessentially Durban than a summer festival of free theatre, and an early morning Saturday dance class, right on the beach?”

The Fresha Festival starts on Friday 20 January with a promenade procession and performance showcase to provide an overview of the weekend ahead.

The Netherlands group performance in KwaPata will start at 5pm Doors open at 4.30pm.

For more information contact Ndumiso on 061 491 2412.

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