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Saturday, February 21, 2015


(An image from “Last Cow Standing”)

The Hexagon Theatre, part of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus, will present its ninth annual Minifest on February 27 and 28. On offer will be a range of theatre to suit all tastes: from Classic South African Theatre and exciting new theatre creations to Poetry and award winners from other festivals, all in the space of two days!

The programme on February 27 features Last Cow Standing (18h00); The Island (19h30), and Burn Out at 21h00.

Last Cow Standing is an epic fantasy story about Samira, a young boy who is charged with a quest to save his land. The Kingdom’s cows, once hundreds of thousands of heads strong, has been almost killed off over years by a mysterious plague. On the advice of his council, the King orders a mass sacrifice of the remaining herd in order to cleanse his Kingdom of the curse. An old woman, however, believes that this will do the exact opposite and bring about the final downfall of the Kingdom. Too ill to travel, she sends her grandson Samira to warn the King in her stead. Written by and starring Menzi Mkhwane, son of celebrated South African theatre legend Bheki Mkhwane, Last Cow Standing is a riveting one-hander performance.

The Island: John and Winston are two prisoners on Robben Island, bound by ideology, proximity, shackles and a deep affection. John learns that his release is imminent; Winston is a lifer. This classic South African play by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona balances hope and despair as it exposes the depths of cruelty and inhumanity while affirming the dignity and courage of the human spirit. Under the direction of Peter Mitchell, TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande deliver riveting performances of this South African classic.

Burn-Out: Through the use of physical theatre and narrative, director JC Zondi takes us inside the lives of the men and women who save lives every day. Imagine superheroes sitting in a minibus responding to every call. No matter how big or small the adventure may be, the only thing they think of is saving at least one life. Unlike our fantasy heroes, these heroes’ shining armour is their courage and fearlessness. Burn-Out tells the stories of two paramedics - stories of trauma, blood and guts. It’s a witty, gruesome, funny, heart-warming tale. This is an urban comedy with a difference - real heroes grappling with the Grim Reaper. Based on true stories and events, this play takes the audience on a ride-along through the day to day activities of paramedics and the obstacles and threats they encounter each time they are called to save a life. We are taken on a journey on the roads of South Africa by the two performers. “Smile…even death has a funny side”

The programme on February 28 features Morgue (16h30); Croc E Moses (18h00), and The Chameleon (19h30)

Morgue: As world domination by a corporate colossus looms, Slim, a coroner with multiple personality disorder, becomes compelled to find out why three fresh cadavers have taken control of his mind. A masterful one-man physical theatre satire from the ridiculously talented Francis Mennigke is described as “…one of the most brilliant pieces of art I have ever seen.” Nolan Haukeness, Today columnist, Alberta, Canada. Morgue is written and performed by Francis Mennigke and directed by William Le Cordeur.

Croc E Moses: Based in Swaziland and South Africa for more than half his life, Croc E Moses is a creator and performer of word-music. His delivery borders on incantation. With oodles of poly-rhythms, a soothing accent and lots of word play, he draws his audience into many different ways of experiencing words. He takes many risks in his content and with his imagination, his work being serious, sensitive, deep, sometimes profound, but equally flippant and possibly humorous. Aspiring to levity, he lifts anyone who is willing to listen. In addition to writing, teaching and independent publishing, croc E has taught himself guitar, performing a unique blend of vocal phrasing over a subtle rhythm-driven approach to his style of playing. His content is mainly social commentary, always encouraging people to “play attention”.

The Chameleon: There are two kinds of people: good and bad. And each has its extremists. Discipline is what elevates you above a world ruled by chaos but, sometimes things happen that are just out of your control. The bad things form part of the garbage that needs to be taken out. What happens when the garbage is actually multiple personalities, apart from the self and ego or ultra-ego, inside you like a wounded monster? It would appear that there’s a choice to be made: take care of the monster or put it out of its misery. Fresh from the Musho! Festival in Durban, The Chameleon is written and directed by Wiseman Mncube and performed by Sipho Zakwe.

The Minifest runs over two days – February 27 and 28 in the Hexagon Theatre on the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus. Tickets R50 per show available at the door. More information on 033 260 5537 or email: