Musho! with a Twist

Fruit Faces: little fruit faces become pets for Lu and Bo, the Sunshine Babies, in Gisele Turner’s new non-verbal adventure for small children. Played by Mlu Ngidi (left) and deaf actor Sibo Masondo, Sunshine Babies follows a glorious day in the life
Fruit Faces: little fruit faces become pets for Lu and Bo, the Sunshine Babies, in Gisele Turner’s new non-verbal adventure for small children. Played by Mlu Ngidi (left) and deaf actor Sibo Masondo, Sunshine Babies follows a glorious day in the life

PANSA KZN presents the 11th Musho! International Theatre Festival to take place from January 13 to 18 at the Catalina Theatre in Durban.

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (Pansa) jumps into the new year with vigour by staging a busy festival that 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, sponsored by the NLDTF (National Lottery Commission), which will take place on the afternoons of January 16 and 17, presented as two compact double bills.

“We are delighted that Musho! has made it past the 10-year mark and that it keeps on going from strength to strength. 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 …” says festival director Emma Durden.

The festival begins with Dutch performer Saskia Driessen in a piece written by Driessen and Barry Hofstede entitled Leave it to Me, about saying goodbye and being strong.

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

Two comedies are on offer on Friday: Sweetie Darling - written and directed by Clinton Marius and performed by Bongani Mbatha, about an exasperated man proving his love.

Saturday starts with fun family theatre with Sunshine Babies - a piece designed and directed by Gisele Turner and performed by Sibo Masondo and Mlu Ngidi.

Musho! with a Twist takes to the stage on Saturday at noon, showcasing two productions from the stable of Twist theatre projects.

On Saturday at 4 pm is Burn Out - an urban comedy with a witty, gruesome and heart-warming tale. At 6 pm see a production from Mozambique called Culpado - a poignant family drama set during the civil war in Mozambique about a father facing his son after being away for more than 20 years.

On Sunday you can expect some high energy shows: The Last Straw - written and produced by Grade 9 Kingsway High School Girls.

Musho! with a Twist 2 is on Sunday at noon, showcasing two productions from the stable of Twist theatre projects.

On Sunday at 6 pm is Termite! Subtitled Tall Tales for Big People, this is an astute combination of physical theatre, satire and a dash of lunacy; blending traditional folk tales with modern South African life. It is written by Greig Coetzee, directed by Hexagon Theatre’s Peter Mitchell and performed by Mpilo Nzimande and TQ Zondi.

Monday brings the Musho! Festival to a close with masterclasses in two parts: creating stories from personal history (10 am to 12 pm) followed by comedy in the streets (from 1 pm to 3 pm). It will be hosted by Gerard Oldhaar, a Dutch street theatre performer, who participates through a series of exercises designed to bring physical comedy to the streets.

The workshops are free, but booking is essential, at 031 201 4750.

For more information e-mail kzn@pansa.org.za or call 031 201 4750. For inquiries at the theatre call 031 837 7400.

Tickets through Computicket outlets, telephonically at 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.com

Ticket prices are R50. Students, OAPS and Pansa paid-up members pay R30. Pay what you can for all 10 am, noon, 2 pm and 4 pm shows on Saturday and Sunday. - Supplied.

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