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Sunday, December 22, 2013


(Paroshen Sooriah leaps over Eugene Shezi and Gyendra Sooriah. Pic: Val Adamson)

A vital communication component of any individual or society is the expression of true emotion.  This is the basis upon which the theatrical production I Am I has been established. It boldly aims to inspire youth to realise their dreams and maximise their creative potential.

Written and directed by the lead star, Gyendra Sooriah, and presented in partnership with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, I am I is an abstract theatre piece to be staged at the Catalina.

Combining actuality with entertainment, this engaging drama mixes various elements such as puppetry, silhouettes, physical theatre and contemporary dance movement to portray a complex plot.

A matrix narrative of a young Indian man`s life experiences from birth to present day. The gripping timeline chronicles various episodes of his upbringing in a conservative South-Indian family and how he triumphs life`s greatest battles through self-discovery and ambition.

I Am I touches on a variety of sensitive human issues such as adolescence and substance abuse, from which a range of emotions such as sadness, fear, anger and happiness are evoked.

The three-hander features skilled and enthusiastic performers: drama graduates Gyendra Sooriah (Rhodes University) and Eugene Shezi (UKZN) and an undergraduate Paroshen Sooria. Also appearing is Indian contemporary dancer, Avishka Mothiram, renowned for her work at various Bollywood stage musicals in Durban.

I am I Show has performances at Catalina Theatre on December 27 and 28 and January 4 and 5 at 20h00. Tickets R80 (show viewing) and R140 (show plus meal) available through Computicket outlets or log onto