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Sunday, March 8, 2015


(Fikile Mtolo, Shiela Mkhize, Sfiso Simamane, Nduduzo Nombela, 
Zanele Zulu & Ayanda Hlongwa)

Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble (MADE) will present an exciting brand new theatre production, ‘Mashu: The Musical which opens at the Playhouse Opera for a short run from March 18.

This musical is made possible by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the Office of the Premier (Heritage Chief Directorate).

KwaMashu this year celebrates 56 years of existence and ‘Mashu: The Musical is based on a true event that took place in KwaMashu in the period of 1994-1995. These were the times when there was violence in KwaMashu ‘L’ section. It’s a time where darkness lurked the streets of KwaMashu and threatened the fabric of this community.

‘Mashu: The Musical tells a moving yet harrowing tale of the trials and tribulations of two brothers who are caught up in the madness that shattered the lives of the people of KwaMashu in the mid-90s. As the story unfolds we get an affectionate insight into the wonderful people that made up the community. We enjoy the resilience and humour as they cope with life in their troubled district.

This original new musical theatre production is designed and directed by internationally renowned Themi Venturas. Themi is mentoring Lucky Cele, an aspiring playwright who comes from KwaMashu who wrote the musical.

“I made a conscious decision at an early age to fight back the adversities of my community with a pen and paper, with this musical I have expressed everything I wish people to know about KwaMashu through original songs and spectacular dance routines” says Lucky Cele.

The cast includes Wiseman Ncube and Mthokozisi Zulu in the lead roles. In the cast is Thabo, famously known for his role as Bra Steve on the Family Bonds series which aired on SABC 1. He has also featured on Generations as Khuboni. The 30-member cast is a combination of established artists and raw talented individuals.

Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble’s purpose is to unearth stories within young people passionate about the arts. Led by Lerato Molemong who has extensive knowledge in producing and business management in the performing arts arena, MADE is growing from strength to strength and standing by its vision of creating sustainable jobs for the youth coming from disadvantaged communities.

Mashu: The Musical runs in the Playhouse Opera from March 18 to 22. Booking is at Computicket. For group bookings and more information contact 031 267 2863.