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Saturday, May 9, 2009


Ronnie Govender presents new production featuring excerpts from his best-loved works.

Ronnie Govender, one of South Africa’s most applauded playwrights, will appropriately be celebrating his 75th birthday on stage as he opens Thunsil, a new production featuring excerpts of his best loved works in the Playhouse Drama featuring a celeb-studded cast.

Thunsil (Tamil for mischief-maker) will feature a narrative of the author’s literary journey interspersed with stirring and memorable moments from his acclaimed plays.

Govender has gathered a veritable “whose-who” of performers and the cast features Kajal Bagwandeen; Thomie Holtzhausen; Hamish Kyd; Pranesh Maharaj; Sanele Mzinyane; Yuvaan Naidoo, Mayuri Naidu, Karthigasen Pillay and Ashwin Singh. Thunsil is presented by Shah Theatre Academy in association with the Playhouse Company.

Ronnie Govender is known and respected as a cultural activist, playwright, director, author, poet and critical voice. Although he lives with his family in Cape Town, he has his roots firmly planted in Durban. He is the grandson of an indentured labourer and was born in 1934 in Cato Manor – a complex community which inspired much of his creative work including his novel Song of the Atman, and his celebrated collection At the Edge and Other Cato Manor Stories which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in Africa.

Thunsil runs in the Playhouse Drama from May 16 to 31. Tickets R80 (R100 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) with a discounted price of R20 for scholars under 18 years. Booking is at Computicket.