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Sunday, January 25, 2015


(Sipho Zakwe: Actor “The Chameleon” – Runner up,  Best Emerging Production; Estelle Sinkins: representing the Suliman Family, donors of the Suliman Selection Prize; Musho! festival director Emma Durden; Mikey Frederick von Bardeleben & Sandi Dlanala: “Bru”: Winner Audience Favourite Award; Gcina Mhlophe: “My Travelling Bag”: Winner, PANSA Special Mention Award, and Wiseman  Mncube: Writer / Director of “The Chameleon”
In the middle is Josh Martin: Director: “Bru” and in front from “The Dress” – The Audience Favourite Award Emerging Theatre category are Cebo Mdadane & Makhosazana Mkhize with Doctor Kheswa, the play’s director. Pic by Rodney Prynne)

The tenth annual PANSA Musho! Festival of One and Two person theatre held at the Catalina Theatre in Durban’s Wilson Wharf from January 14 to 19, was a glorious celebration of exciting intimate theatre.

“We are delighted that Musho! has made it to ten years !  It's great when something in Durban sticks - and the support we have had over the past 10 years from both actors and audiences has been fantastic. We were also very excited to have old friends back at the festival this year. Inviting back past winners is our way of acknowledging the success that they had both at Musho! and further afield. It also gives us a chance to reflect on the festival’s growth over its first decade,” says festival director Emma Durden.

“It is also heartening to see that the Musho! audiences have been steadily increasing over the years – with the most popular productions playing to capacity houses again this year. It is a testimony to the quality of the productions, and to the ever-growing audiences who are excited about seeing new work and actively participate in the process of developing new theatre by giving feedback and reviews,” continued Durden.

An important component of the Musho! Festival is the awards given to deserving productions at the end of the festival. Awards fell into two categories: emerging productions and main festival works.

The main festival saw the audience favourite go to the closing show of the festival: Bru – a high-energy physical-theatre comedy written by performed by Sandi Dlangala and Mikey Frederick von Bardeleben, and directed by Josh Martin.

The runner up was Iain Ewok Robinson with his astonishing spoken word show, Back to Blue Monday referencing the PANSA initiative to showcase new work – in which he presented his early works. Conceived and performed by Iain Ewok Robinson, with visual artistry by Karen Melissa Logan.

The PANSA Special Mention Award went to the Opening Night production, master story teller, Gcina Mhlophe’s wonderful and hugely personal My Travelling Bag. In this show, Gcina reflects on her own remarkable life story.

In the Emerging Theatre category – The Audience Favourite Award went to The Dress – which looked at a daughter repeating her mother’s secret past ... wearing the same pink dress, and which showcased two remarkable performances by Cebo Mdadane and Makhosazana Mkhize in a piece written by Mlungisi Ngidi and directed by Doctor Kheswa and Khulekani Mtshali from Lashona Arts and Creations.

The Suliman Family Selection – an award given by Durban family, the Sulimans, based on the shows they have seen over the festival – went to the charming children’s production The Great Big Enormous Turnip directed by Peter Court and Bryan Hiles and performed by Bryan Hiles and Daisy Spencer.

The festival prizes are sponsored by Going Places SA; Lindi Drummond from LTJ Travel; Themi Venturas Productions and some anonymous donors.

The festival ended on January 19 at the Catalina Theatre with 50 theatre-makers attending a master-class led by experienced theatre practitioner, Gisele Turner, and Yvette Hardie from Assitej SA with artistic input from Deaf performer and Musho! poster boy, Sibo Masondo.

Continue to visit the Musho! website ( for more info, reviews of 2015 productions and details.

The Musho! Festival 2015 is presented by PANSA – the Performing Arts Network of South Africa - with support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, eThekwini Municipality; the KZN Department of Arts and Culture; Business and Arts SA; Twist Theatre Development Projects; The Daily News and the Catalina Theatre.