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Friday, March 14, 2014


(Nondumiso Tembe: nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Play)

David Mamet's controversial play, Race, which won critical national acclaim for its sensitive focus on the issues of racial tolerance and gender equality, has been nominated for no fewer than six Naledi Theatre awards in the following categories: Best Production of a Play – Race; Best Director - Clare Mortimer; Best Supporting Actor in a Play - Hlomla Dandala; Best Supporting Actor in a Play - Graham Hopkins; Best Supporting Actress in a Play - Nondumiso Tembe and Best Set Design - Sarah Roberts.

The unprecedented six nominations is a significant feather in the cap for the Playhouse Company staff and Linda Bukhosini, the Chief Executive and Artistic Director, proudly commented that they are well pleased with this recognition because of the sterling work that this institution has produced.

The play's riveting plot revolves around three lawyers and their dilemma over whether to take on a case of a wealthy white man who is accused of having raped an African-American woman.

Ever since The Playhouse Company secured rights to produce the South African premier of Race, the production has been staged at The Playhouse Company, toured to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and was presented in partnership with the State Theatre in Pretoria last year.

The prestigious Naledi awards for productions staged during 2013 takes place at a glittering ceremony at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City Casino on March 17.