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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


(Philisiwe Twijnstra. Pic by Val Adamson)

Olive Tree Theatre Productions presents a women's theatre festival annually in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Every year the festival selects five young emerging female directors.

This year, Durban-based Philisiwe Twijnstra is one of the five selected participants. She will be directing her two-hander, Sugary Spice, which will run from October 16 to 26, 2014.

Twijnstra explains the plot of Sugary Spice: What if the victim is not who you think it is. For five months 14 year old Nonzwakazi has been in Mr Fali's biology class as a student. Mr Fali is 42 years old. Nonzwakazi struggles with her subject and she attends Mr Fali's extra classes at his house. They get along very well, Nonzwakazi appears to be flirting with her teacher. He kindly tries to restrain himself yet admits he finds himself drawn to her beauty. He keeps saying he has to wait until she is older. It’s not easy to decline this 14year old girl and he is tempted. Nonzwakazi's manipulation and torture becomes the ball game, and the secrets that were buried are resurrected and all hell breaks loose.”

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