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Saturday, September 27, 2014


(Gcina Mhlophe)

The Durban University of Technology’s Department of Drama & Production Studies’ Children’s Festival was founded by Professor Debbie Lutge. Now in its fourth year, it will take place in the Courtyard Theatre from September 29 to October 3.

Each year the event chooses a Durban writer to profile and the 2014 festival features five original productions for young audiences by master storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe. The plays are aimed at primary schools and will be performed by first-year Drama Studies students.

The plays being performed are:

Lungile – September 29 and 30 at 09h30: Directed by Nellie Ngcongo, this is a story about the wooing of a beautiful maiden and how she finds love. For Grade 1 and up.

Have You Seen Zandile? – October 3 at 11h30: Directed by Siza Patrick Mthembu, this is the autobiographical story of a little girl snatched away from a nurturing gogo. For Grade 2 and up

Storyseeker – September 30 at 11h30 and October 1 at 09h30: Directed by Pamela Tancsik. Originally written as a shadow play by Adi Paxton, Gerard Samuel and Pamela Tancsik, the work was inspired by Gcina Mhlophe’s Xhosa story of Mazanendaba who goes on a road trip to find out how stories came into the world. For Grade 2 and up

The Bremen Town-Musicians – October 1 at 11h30: Directed by Pamela Tancsik, it is based on the famous Grimm’s fairy tale. DUT Educational Theatre students together with Pamela Tancsik adapted the story to transfer it to the stage. For Grade 1 and up

A story from Fudukazi’s Magic – October 2 at 09h30: Directed by Debbie Lutge. Set in the African bush it is about just desserts and a tortoise adding a rainbow of colours to the coats of Africa’s wild life. Adapted for the stage by GenbiaHyla with musical composition by Madlen Tzankova. For Grade 1 and up

Tickets R25 (R15 per scholar for block bookings). Bookings may be made through the Departmental Secretary on 031 373 2194 or via email to

All plays take place in the Courtyard Theatre at DUT, Steve Biko Road (old Mansfield Road).Secure parking is available at gate 5. For more information contact Pamela Tancsik on 082 403 1707 or call the Departmental Secretary Mrs Sibisi on 031373 2194.