Theatre festival in Durban

2016-01-12 06:00
Nothando Makhathini as she appears in A Child of a Child – one of the productions to come through the Twist initiative. Photo: supplied

Nothando Makhathini as she appears in A Child of a Child – one of the productions to come through the Twist initiative. Photo: supplied

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PANSA KZN presents the 11thMusho! International Theatre Festival to take place from 13 to 18 January 2016 at the Catalina Theatre in Durban’s Wilson’s Wharf, dedicated to small works and the celebration of the skill of the solo or duo performer.

Typically, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa: PANSA, jumps into the new year with vigour by staging a busy festival which showcase smaller theatrical works, all featuring either one or two actors. Each production is staged for one performance only in a packed programme ending with a master-class for theatre practitioners. Embedded in the festival is two sessions of Musho! with a Twist – showcasing work which has been created through the Twist Development initiative which is sponsored by the NLDTF (National Lottery Commission) which will take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons presented as two compact double bills.

“We are delighted that Musho! has made it past the ten year mark and that it keeps on going from strength to strength! It’s great when something in Durban “sticks”. This year the main festival includes a production from the Netherlands and one from Mozambique; a comedy slot; a production for young audiences and a school production. And we welcome back the Musho with a Twist programme,” says festival director Emma Durden.

The festival kicks off with Dutch performer Saskia Driessen in a piece written by Driessen and Barry Hofstede entitled Leave it to Me about saying goodbye, being strong a high school produciton remaining loyal.

Thursday early evening sees comedian Carvin H Goldstone make his Musho! debut followed by A Beautiful Wreckage: A charming musical comedy created and performed by Grant Jacobs and Liam Mcdermott; directed by Caitlin Kilburn.

Two delicious comedies are on offer on Friday: first up is Sweetie Darling - written and directed by Clinton Marius and performed by Bongani Mbatha about an exasperated man proving his love. Friday’s second show is a real treat: the delicious Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award winning El Blanco performed by James Cairns who showcases masterful storytelling; gentle humour, fabulous music and an utterly charming whimsical story. These are just some of the highlights. For a full listing see details below.

The workshops are free, but booking is essential, on 031-2014750.

For more info: / Office: 031-201 4750. Enquiries at the theatre: call 031-8377400.

Tickets through Computicket outlets, telephonically at 0861 915 8000, or online at Ticket prices: R 50. Students, OAPS and PANSA paid-up members: R 30.

All 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm shows on Saturday / Sunday: Pay What You Can.

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