City supports Durban productions heading to NAF

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Clinton Marius, Rowin Munsamy, Riaan Timson, Sivani Chinappan, Bongani Mbatha and Shona Johnson on the road to Grahamstown
Clinton Marius, Rowin Munsamy, Riaan Timson, Sivani Chinappan, Bongani Mbatha and Shona Johnson on the road to Grahamstown

eThekwini Municipality has selected a range of great Durban productions to support to head off to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival where they intend to pull out all the stops to put the city on the national map at this respected high-profile arts festival.

The National Arts Festival (NAF) is widely considered to be the premier national arts festival in South Africa boasting a strong and intelligent programme of the best of performing and visual arts across all genres.

Clinton Marius the director and writer for B!*ch Stole my Doek! Sweetie Darling and Fantastical Flea Circus, all under the banner of Copy Dog Productions, says, “Durban artists are relieved that the City has come to the table and have realised the importance of live theatre and that by backing them the City is helping to grow and secure the future of live theatre in KZN.”

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B!*ch Stole My Doek pokes fun at a war of words between two women over a missing item of laundry. The comical battle heats up and boils over – with unexpected results. Sweetie Darling portrays a young man going all out to prove himself. As he finds himself and love, he finds his path to spiritual growth. Written for audiences of all ages, the award-winning children’s production The Fantastical Flea Circus is geared to instil a love of theatre in young audiences.

Other shows from Durban to look out for include, Flying Fish (Cherry’s Magic Fun Show) billed as an interactive seaside adventure dotty with eco-themes which are explored through puppetry and magic; 10 Days in a Shebeen – the moving story of a shebeen queen who encounters a young boy who plans to rob his rich father and friends; Race Trouble pairs Divya, a victim of a violent crime, and Menzi, a trauma counsellor, who must confront their own prejudices; in Asazi we follow the poignant story of an old man and his grandchild taking a journey to nowhere.

The Last Drop is a parable about climate change and global warming and its negative impact in society amongst plants and animals. Boy Ntulikazi argues the notion of Ubuntu and the challenges that determine the way individuals reflect on the world around them; Maluju Zulu is an afro-tale of love, war and reconciliation.

Sugar Sugar is based on the true story of Thozamile Taki, the infamous sugar-cane killer; Denuded Thought a two hander that explores the theme of hypocrisy and how society puts their faith in people who are bound to betray us; Termite by Greig Coetzee is a delicious physical theatre romp comprising, satire and lunacy blending traditional folk tales with modern South Africa.

Phakama Dance Theatre will also be sending up a contemporary piece titled, …If the World Was Listening.

Themba Mchunu from the eThekwini Municipality’s Arts and Living Cultures; Libraries and Heritage Department said, “These are theatre practitioners needing impactful exposure to the national and international creative industries and audiences with buying power. This year, with the blend of productions we are supporting, we are aiming for nothing less than Gold”.

The National Arts Festival 2016 runs from 30 June- 10 July. For more information about the National Arts Festival visit: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za

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