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Monday, April 8, 2013


(Zakithi Mavunda & Londiwe Cele)

Talking Spirits is one of the three productions featured in Programme #1 of The Playhouse’s 2013 Community Arts Festival which runs in the Playhouse Loft from April 11 to 20. As previously, the Festival features productions from KZN communities which have received performance and theatre skills training from professional arts practitioners under the aegis of The Playhouse Company.

Industry professionals signed by The Playhouse Company to work with this year’s community artists include Edmund Mhlongo (mentor and director); Ralph Lawson (directing and acting); Caroline Smart (voice production); Peter Gardner (agents and auditions), Juan Burgers (music and singing); Ashwin Singh (script writing, contracts and copyright); Peter Court (masks and physical theatre), Dr Emma Durden (administration & artistic management), Megan Levy (stage management), and Nkanyiso Kunene and Sandile Mbili (movement and dance).

Talking Spirits speaks about the hard-hitting issues of abortion, correctional rape and murder that often results. An Emuhle All Artists project, it is directed by Bongani Baai and performed by Londiwe Cele, Nomathemba Kawula, Sanelisiwe Mabine, Zakithi Mavundla, Nozuko Ncayiyane and Londiwe Ngwazi.

Other productions in the same programme are Zion and Umlabalaba. This absorbing programme of three works can be seen in the Playhouse Loft from April 11 to 13 with performances at 11h00, 14h00 and 18h00. Admission is free. 

The second programme, which runs from April 17 to 20, will feature Sugar Daddies which looks head-on at the social issue widely prevalent today of older, often married, men with financial means having very young girlfriends. The production will also tour to schools in KZN.