KwaPata Theatre group puts city on the map

2015-10-08 06:00
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese

The Mzansi Theatre group who will represent the city at the               KwaMashu K-Cap Theatre Festival (back, from left) Nhlakanipho             Mazibuko, Nothando Makhathini, Ndumiso Mazibuko, Ayanda Mkhize, Sphamandla

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese The Mzansi Theatre group who will represent the city at the KwaMashu K-Cap Theatre Festival (back, from left) Nhlakanipho Mazibuko, Nothando Makhathini, Ndumiso Mazibuko, Ayanda Mkhize, Sphamandla

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KWAPATA theatre group, Mzansi Theatre Project, will represent the city at the KwaMashu K-Cap Theatre­ Festival on 30 October and 1 November.

The group, formed in 2009, is among four best groups in KZN that was chosen by Twist Theatre Development Project to take part in the festival. Twist Theatre Development project is a networking project aimed at unearthing young talent and offers workshops in theatre writing, directing and performing projects.

The project brings in experienced mentors to mentor the chosen­ groups at community level.

Mzansi Theatre Project publicist Nothando Makhathini said the group was chosen for their play Take, which speaks about issues affecting communities.

“In the play we touch on various issues affect the country, including drug and substance abuse, particularly among young people, human trafficking, rhino poaching which impacts negatively on the country’s economy and on family issues. As young people we experience different problems in our families. The play revolves around our lives and experiences.”

Makhathini said they are bringing raw talent into the world of theatre as there is much potential, but not enough platforms.

“We want to revive theatre in Pietermaritzburg­ and encourage young people to seize opportunities given to them.”

The group is mentored by award-winning director and creative writer Zwai Mgijima from Port Elizabeth, who began working with Twist in 2011

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