Musho mini-festival of theatre

2010-01-14 00:00

THE Musho Mini Festival of One and Two Hander Theatre, hosted by The Performing Arts Network of South ­Africa (Pansa) KZN, kicks off at the ­Catalina Theatre at Durban’s ­Wilson’s Wharf tomorrow night with a comedy about Afro-Indian identity, Senzo Mthethwa, and the festival’s headline show, Rumpsteak, a delightful physical theatre comedy performed by ­Gaetan Schmid and directed by comedy megastar Rob van ­Vuuren.

In Senzo Mthethwa, a black South African boy tells the story of his upbringing in a staunch Indian household. The cross-cultural comedy will leave you wondering whether Senzo is a black man in an Indian body, or an Indian in a black man’s body.

The show, which is performed by Senzo Mthethwa and directed by Kumseela Naidoo, is suitable for those aged 16 and older. See it tomorrow night at 6 pm.

At 8 pm audiences can see Rumpsteak, a one-man show which takes you on a magical trip behind the scenes in a French restaurant. ­Conveyed through delightful sound effects, Rumpsteak brings to life the sizzle of sensational cooking and spontaneous waiters. The show is suitable for audiences of all ages.

The festival continues on Saturday with Amagama Amathathu, puppet storytelling performed by Mpume Mthombeni and T-Bone Hlahani, in which true stories of South African communities are brought to life by eight puppets, created by Wendy Nell. The show, directed by Gisele Turner, is suitable for those aged 12 and older and is on at 4 pm on January 16.

At 6 pm, festivalgoers can see the drama, It’s Me, Nomfundo, the story of a woman in search of her identity after she has been consistently denied her identity document by the Department of Home Affairs. Performed by Silindile Ndlovu and directed by Bandile Mkhize, the show is suitable for those aged 16 and older.

Completing Saturday’s line-up is Iain EWOK Robinson is LIVE at 8 pm. Hip-hop poet Ewok will perform his signature cutting-edge commentary combined with exciting multimedia visuals. The show is suitable for those aged 12 and older, can also be seen at 6 pm on Sunday.

Sunday’s programme starts at 2 pm with the drama, Conscience, which was a hit at the Ekhaya Multi Arts Isigcawu Festival. It tells the story of two brothers, a car crash and the ­bitter fight for the money left by their parents. Performed by Mandla Biyela and Andile Mdletshe and directed by Thomas Mpoeleng, Conscience is suitable for those aged 14 and older.

At 4 pm the Catalina will stage the physical theatre piece, My Name is Lucky, a compelling tale of a street ­urchin with a heart of gold who works as a car guard, acrobat and professional beggar. The show, which is performed by Grant Jacobs and directed by Jean van Elden, is suitable for those aged 16 and older.

For the full festival programme visit or www.musho

Tickets are R50 (R25 pensioners and students). To book, phone Thandeka at 031 305 6889.

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