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Sunday, September 30, 2012


The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Drama Programme (Howard College Campus) in collaboration with Life Check and the eThekwini Municipality’s Celebrate Durban presents a festival of spoken word, hip-hop, graffiti, breakdance, and innovative theatre!

2012 sees the inaugural Expressions Sessions festival launch itself in Durban, aiming to woo audiences with alternate heartfelt and deeply engaged theatre and performance.

The festival takes place over two weeks and has three distinct encounters or events. Expressions Sessions opened with the critically acclaimed one man show Seriously? Written and performed by Durban’s inimitable spoken word rhyme master iainEWOKrobinson, and directed by Karen Logan, best known for her sensitive and award winning directorial work on Neil Coppen’s Tin Bucket Drum and her inventive film and video work for Flatfoot Dance Company.

Seriously? has already had two sell-out seasons at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and a very short but sold-out run as part of the New Stages at the Playhouse. This marked a welcome return of a masterfully crafted and deeply personal spoken word encounter with self and the world. Rooted in a tell-tale narrative of a white boy growing up in 80s KZN and finding that he doesn’t quite fit in till he stumbles upon ‘The Universal Zulu Nation’; and then all hell breaks loose!  It is about calling for the creation of a society that thrives on individual expression and creativity – the very essence of what the Expressions Sessions festival is all about! Performances took place from September 27 to 30.

The festival continues in week #2 with an epic battle between the classic Bertold Brecht text of The Good Person of Setzuan, and a very contemporary picking up of where Brecht left off around this seminal socially astute and politically engaged 20th century theatre text, into a workshopped production called The Free Person of Such-A-One.  Performances take place from October 4 to 6 at 19h30 and on October 7 at 15h00 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Tickets: R50 (R25 students, scholars, pensioners, and group bookings of more than 10). Booking is at Computicket.