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Monday, June 23, 2014


The Not The Grahamstown Festival is currently running at the Catalina Theatre at Wilson’s Wharf in Durban. The purpose of this initiative is to offer Durban audiences the opportunity to preview some of the local productions which will be travelling to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July.

One such production is She Put The ‘I’ In Punchline. Presented by Scruffy Session Productions this one woman show is written and performed by Kamini Govender. Recently having completed her Masters Degree in Drama at UKZN, Govender has created a pleasing work which is clever, insightful and most of all funny.

She analyses her conflicted identity as a young South African Indian woman who has a Tamil father, a Hindi mother and was educated at a private catholic school. Against this background, she pokes gentle fun at her own personal history and at many of the social issues which are an inherent part of Durban’s colourful Indian community such as the caste system and skin tone.

She also discusses many other topics such as radio stations, drama school, political claptrap, modern art, boyfriends, using Cosmo magazine as a guide to attract men and life in general. Her observations are astute, witty and entertaining. There are a few rather serious and wistful moments in the show when she discusses weighty issues like oppression and woman abuse.

Govender is a personable and attractive young woman. She does not deliver her material in the style of a stand-up comedian but is rather physical in her presentation as she moves about the stage.

If She Put The ‘I’ In Punchline is an indication of the quality of production travelling to the NAF in Grahamstown, then Durban will make a meaningful contribution to this celebration of arts and culture.

Not The Grahamstown Festival will be presenting productions from June 20 to 22 and from June 27 to 29. Tickets R60 (R120 show and dinner at John Dory's or Spur) and R40 for pensioners, students and for block bookings. Booking is at Computicket. Further information from the box office on 031 837 5999.

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