Headliner upset: Local poet’s performance cut short after venue double—booked

2009-04-19 00:00

Poet and clothing designer Ntsiki Mazwai’s performance was cut down to a mere seven minutes because of a double-booking of the venue on Saturday.

The Fusion of Elements Session, which took place at the Winston Churchill Theatre, was supposed be a four-hour long showcase of local poetry and hip-hop talent with the 29-year-old as the headliner.

However, due to double-booking, the event had to be cut by an hour, leaving Mazwai with very little time to perform her piece.

“I was supposed to perform for 30 to 45 minutes and I only manage to perform for about seven,” said Mazwai.

She added it was sad the show had to be cut because the crowd was so welcoming. “They were a listening crowd. They interacted and that’s good for an artist.”

Stage manager for the event Lungelo Sithole said both the organisers of Fusion of Elements and of the other show said they had booked the venue weeks before the event.

An employee at the theatre said double-bookings are nothing new to the theatre. “They do it all the time,” he said.

Attempts to contact the theatre’s bookings office were unsuccessful.

Despite being cut short, patrons at the event still enjoyed the show. “It was tight. It was really off the hook,” said one of the audience members as she left the venue.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.