Local actors in Durban play

2018-05-30 06:01
Lyle Chellan (left) will be playing the lead character Manickum Chetty and Shalen Maharaj will be acting alongside him as ‘Porky’. PHOTO: supplied

Lyle Chellan (left) will be playing the lead character Manickum Chetty and Shalen Maharaj will be acting alongside him as ‘Porky’. PHOTO: supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

TWO Pietermaritzburg men have been selected to star in the upcoming musical Hook or By Crook by multi award-winning actor and director Rajesh Gopi.

The play, which will be performed at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre in Durban, will feature locals Lyle Chellan, who plays the lead character Manickum Chetty, and Shalen Maharaj as his co-star Porky.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, the two men said they had been pleasantly surprised to receive their roles in the upcoming play after attending auditions for Gopi’s illustrious performance arts learnership programme from which they were some of the few selected.

Landing his first acting role ever, Chellan said to receive the lead role, after taking a chance by auditioning after his wife convinced him, was quite a shock.

“I am used to being on stage due to me being a singer and deejay, but this will be my first ever acting role,” said Chellan.

Maharaj, who has studied the performing arts at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), said that he had learned a lot from working with Gopi.

“I have studied the performing arts and done a few musicals before this but have still learned so much from working with Gopi.

“It has been a brilliant experience because what he teaches is completely different to anything I have learned before,” said Maharaj.

The play which is set against the backdrop of Chatsworth, centres around Chellan’s character Manickum, a former freedom fighter, who hungers to restore the values of the freedom struggle while coming face to face with corrupt political leaders.

“This play packs comedy, drama and love amongst other things and is sure to be a teary affair,” said Chellan.

Maharaj said that people would learn a lot about the struggles and history of Indian people through this play.

The play will be showcased from June 27 to July 8 and bookings can be made via Computicket.

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.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

HSE Manager

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R650 000.00 Per Year

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

IT Manager (contract)

Cape Town CBD
Communicate Cape Town IT
R330 000.00 - R458 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

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.