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Monday, September 7, 2015


(The cast of "Our Story". Pic by Val Adamson) 
Nellie Ngcongo has conceptualised and created a new production for the Durban University of Technology (DUT) which she directs. Titled Our Story, it is a series of original, funky, poignant and funny vignettes which looks at issues important to young people in contemporary South Africa: health care; education; unemployment; service delivery etc. Nine students make up the cast who – together with two researchers – have workshopped and created the production.

“We need our young performers to find new, exciting and relevant voices and for them to look at the contemporary situation for their inspiration,” explains Ngcongo. “We have come through the elation of the new democracy, but the dream has morphed into our difficult contemporary reality.”

Our Story has two performances at the Courtyard Theatre on September 9 and 10 at 19h00. There will be two lunchtime open-air shows at 12 noon on September 11 and 12 at the DUT City Campus.

These performances form part of the Arts and Design Digital Festival. There will be hourly on the hour shuttles from Ritson Campus to City Campus departing at Ritson Campus car park.