Bringing a book to life

2009-04-28 00:00

A NEW stage adaptation of P. B. Maphumulo’s Zulu drama, Kudela Owaziyo, will be staged as part of the Playhouse Company’s 2009 in-house schools season, which can be seen at the Playhouse Opera Theatre from May 25 to May 29, before heading out on a tour of the province between June 2 and June 11.

The drama is the prescribed set work for KwaZulu-Natal matric pupils this year.

Playhouse Company chief executive officer and artistic director, Linda Bukhosini, said the play was in line with the theatre company’s policy of introducing an element of fun into its programmes for young audiences, while facilitating their learning of literary set works.

Last year the Playhouse Company’s in-house schools productions performed in all 11 municipal districts of the province, playing to more than 75 000 pupils from more than 360 schools.

“We greatly value our partnership with the Playhouse Company,” said Dr Cassius Lubisi, superintendent general of KZN Department of Education. “One of the biggest challenges faced by many of our pupils is that of visualising the full picture of literary set works they study in the classroom situation.

“By seeing stage adaptations of set works, they are able to come to grips more thoroughly with these books. For many pupils, the Playhouse Company’s schools productions represent their first ever encounters with live theatre. In this sense too these productions fulfil a valuable role which can only encourage the development of future audiences for the arts industry.”

Kudela Owaziyo covers the topics of abuse, xenophobia, bribery and betrayal, drawing from biblical and cultural beliefs.

While celebrating the book’s rich Zulu language content, some issues contained in the original text have not been included in the new stage adaptation, but will be open for discussion with pupils after the show.

• To make a booking for your school to see the play contact Pascar Dube at 031 369 9464 or send an e-mail to

— Arts Editor

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