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Wednesday, April 27, 2011


(Pic by Val Adamson: Sandile Nxumalo, Sphephelo Nxumalo, Sandile Mchunu, Phumlani Ngubane and Ntuthuko Ndwandwe)

The Playhouse Company’s second Community Arts Festival runs in the Playhouse Loft Theatre from May 5 to 21, 2011. The festival is geared to offer a platform for artists and arts practitioners to stage their performance works in a professional environment.

Three productions, entitled Just Don’t, Rice and Sisenga Ilala, will be featured in the festival. Each work focuses on important social issues.

Just Don’t, an Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre project based on real life experiences, is a drama that carries a cautionary tale. A group of prisoners follow the journey of Jesu, a young boy from a well-off family, who commits a petty crime stealing a cellphone as a birthday gift for his girlfriend. He lands in jail where he is abused by prison gangsters. Fighting for his life, he ends up paralyzed and HIV positive.

The cast of this production includes Lucky Simayile, Ntuthuko Ndwandwe, Sandile Mchunu, Sphephelo Nxumalo, Sandile Nxumalo and Phumlani Ngubane.

Admission to the Playhouse’s Community Arts Festival is free. Performances of Just Don’t are on May 5 and 6 at 14h00 and on May 7 at 12h00 and 15h00. For more information or to book, call Thubelihle on 031 369 9456 or e-mail