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Thursday, January 17, 2013


(Bhekani Shabalala and Fortunate Dhlomo)

Musho! off to a superb start will emotive and well-crafted production. (Review by Keith Millar)

The eighth annual Musho! Festival was off to a superb start last night with the emotive and very well crafted production Veil setting the scene.

Veil is set in the Port Elizabeth township of New Brighton and tells the bitter sweet love story of Ali and Nosipho.

Ali is a refugee from Somalia who is striving to start a new life in South Africa, while Nosipho is the young Xhosa girl who assists him in his spaza shop and teaches him the ways of his new country. They are beautiful souls and it is inevitable that they fall in love. However, all is not plain sailing with their relationship and they have to deal with society disapproval, xenophobia and rejection on all fronts. Tension mounts until the story comes to a shocking conclusion.

Fortunate Dhlomo and Bhekani Shabalala were outstanding in the roles of Ali and Nosipho. They gave powerful and dramatic performances filled with passion and emotion. They were ably assisted by an insightful and poignant script written by Zwai Mgijima, which exposes many of the social ills of township life. Veil was a finalist in the 2012 PANSA new writing competition, and one can see why.

Zwai Mgijima assisted by Bandile Mkhize was also responsible for the direction of this production.

From a technical point of view, the innovative touch of chalk drawings of a township on the floor of the stage worked very well. It certainly added to the feel of the production.

Unfortunately, the background music used to heighten the tension and add to the drama, did not work as well. It was badly distorted and kept cutting out instead of fading away. While this shouldn’t be too difficult to fix, it is possible that the work is strong enough on its own and does not need this superfluous music to help it along.

Veil is very good dramatic theatre. Keep an eye out for future performances of this play, or any other work by this team.

The Musho! Festival runs from January 16 to 20 at the Catalina Theatre on Wilson's Wharf in Durban. For more details visit or email For bookings, show times and details contact Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889 or visit

Tickets for all shows R50 (R30 PANSA paid-members as well as OAPS, students and children under 12). Special all-day ticket on Saturday / Sunday - R100 per day. Twist / Fringe tickets - pay-what-you can. Children’s show R50 (R30 for children)

See the artSMart Events List for dates and times. – Keith Millar