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Monday, February 15, 2010


(Pictured during rehearsal: Jethro McNamee, Warrick Frank, Tiffany Harold, Tasha Govender and Nhlakanipho Mangele)

New local musical written and directed by Shirdika Pillai to showcase diversity of love

Written by young, up-and-coming writer Shirdika Pillai and produced and co-directed by Shivani Kara of Eastern Moves Productions, Hum Tum is a colourful drama/dance production that will run at Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World from February 26 to 28.

Hum Tum (meaning “You and I” in Hindi) features a cast of 11 local young performers who are keen to carve out a name for themselves on the local arts scene. The play is a first foray into drama for the local production company headed by dance choreographer Kara and pays homage to love by sharing three interconnected stories dealing with matters of the heart. It uses drama interspersed with well-known Bollywood hits to drum up emotion in its audiences.

The setting is that of a university drama department. It is a new year and students are forming relationships – or not so, in certain cases! The themes include a boy and a girl from different religions, who initially have little tolerance for each other, but who overcome their prejudices and learn respect and love - not only for each other but for each other’s religions.

Then there is an Indian woman who has defied convention to pursue her dream of following a career in the arts. She falls pregnant out of wedlock, not from her ‘respectable’ engineer fiancĂ©, but from her ‘worthless’ lover, a writer. Also involved is the poignant tale of a gay man who has to deal with prejudices and learn to love himself or perish in the process.

Matinee and evening performances will be held from February 26 to 28. Tickets R100 via the Suncoast Box Office and Computicket on 083 915 8000. Tickets are not for sale to persons under the age of thirteen. More Information from Bhavnesh Narotam at Eastern Moves Productions on 084 401 9136 or email: