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Sunday, January 18, 2015


Strong performances by both actresses. (Review by Caroline Smart)

This year the Musho! Festival presents two programmes under the title Musho With a Twist. Created by the individual groups with mentorship through Twist Projects, each show contains a double bill of two short stories.

Yesterday’s second production in Musho With a Twist 1 was Too Long from the Sinethemba Theatre Group, written by Themba Mchunu, directed by Nobuhle Buthelezi and featuring Bonisiwe Khumalo and Lungile Dumisa.

As Noma, Khumalo is a commanding presence from the very beginning. Heavily pregnant and dressed in an elaborate wedding dress she sings a lullaby but there’s no soothing softness here. More a cry of desperation. She’s not in a good space. Her friend Thenjiwe has just announced that she’s giving up mollycoddling her – after all, it’s been two years since Noma took maternity leave and there’s still no sign of the baby.

Is Noma really pregnant or isn’t she? As the play progresses, we meet a number of characters on her road to delivery – both practical and spiritual. The role requires strong dramatic skills and much screaming in the final scene which Khumalo handles well.

One thing about Musho – which focuses on one and two-handers – is that it forces writers and directors to be creative. It also requires a strong level of versatility if a number of characters are involved.

Apart from taking the role of Thenjiwe, Dumisa plays an irritable rubbish collector, a flustered doctor and a very demanding sangoma - all with equal credibility. The scene between Noma and the sangoma was highly amusing.

Too Long features strong performances by both actresses.

The other production in the double bill was Freedom Forest from the Izwi Youth Theatre Group. (See separate review)

Musho with a Twist 2 – offering a further double bill of two short shows - takes place today (Sunday January 18 at 14h00). The productions are Mpilo and Themba from the Siyathuthuka Theatre Group and The Dress from Lashona Arts and Creations.

Musho! runs until tomorrow evening (Sunday, January 18) offering a variety of one-off performances. For the full Musho! Festival programme visit

Tickets R50. (R30 students, OAP and PANSA members) booked via Computicket or by phoning 031 837 5999.

The Musho! Festival is presented by PANSA with support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund as well as Ethekwini Municipality, the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, The Daily News, BASA, the Catalina Theatre and The Twist Theatre Development Projects. – Caroline Smart