Actor's debut as playwright

2009-01-15 00:00

TSOTSI actor Presley Chweneyagae is adding writer and director to his CV with his debut play, Cell No 4, which can be seen at this year’s Musho Festival in Durban.

Commenting on the work, he said: “It is my first play as a writer-director after a series of stage plays I performed in.

“The play is set in Johannesburg Central Prison, also known as “Sun City”, and the story is about two prisoners, Justice and Rambo. It tackles everyday issues in South Africa, like the soccer World Cup coming to South Africa, xenophobia, the Aids pandemic, crime and punishment.”

Asked why he had decided to take part in the festival, Chweneyagae said: “I think it is important for young artists to make use of opportunities that the Musho Festival board has offered us. We are able to get exposure and “edutain” (education through entertainment) different communities through our art.”

The young actor is confident that KwaZulu-Natal audiences will like the play because “it’s entertaining, not too serious and talks about everyday issues”.

Cell No 4 can be seen at the Bat Hall Theatre at 8 pm tomorrow and 6 pm on Saturday.

The festival, which ends on Sunday, also features:

• Between Cup and Lip — a gentle, poignant play which explores the intricacies of learning to understand someone whose life experience is so different from one’s own. Bat Hall Theatre today at 8 pm and tomorrow at 6 pm.

• Conversations with your Ex — the story of four women, their thieving husbands, and their struggle to be heard. Catalina Theatre today at 8 pm and tomorrow at 6 pm.

• The Sepia Seamstress — the story of two Indian girls who end up on opposite sides of the spectrum and in love with the same man. Catalina Theatre tomorrow at 8 pm and Saturday at 6 pm.

• Biographies of a Blue Monkey — a quirky exploration of the identity and self-acceptance of a young actress. Bat Hall Theatre, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.

• Gods, Fate and a Librarian — a play inspired by stories unfolding on our continent, which takes a lighter look at politics and religion. Catalina Theatre, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 6 pm.

For more information phone the Catalina Theatre at 031 305 6889 or visit Tickets are available from or from Thandeka at 031 305 6889.

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