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Tuesday, September 22, 2015


(Mthokozisi Zulu & Thuso Mbedu)

'Increased Mzansi crime has slowly become the norm with mugging, the abuse of women and rape so prevalent that stories go unreported,” says Mercury Durban Theatre award-winning Mthokozisi Zulu who has created The Crook’s Eye with Thuso Mbedu.

The Crook’s Eye tells the story of what just happened next door. It is a serious drama with choreographic story-telling symbolically woven into the structure.

Thanks to funding from the National Arts Council, The Crook’s Eye will be seen in Mpumalanga and Gauteng next month with performances from October 9 to 11 at Witbank Civic Theatre and October 14 to 18 at Joburg Theatre.

Zulu is a cum laude drama graduate from the Durban University of Technology who believes theatre is more than entertainment, reflecting on society while imbuing the edutainment with an awareness that prompts change.

Mbedu, who plays the principal role of Boni in Saints and Sinners season 1 & 2, also Kitso on e-tv’s Scandal, is a cum laude graduate of the University of Witwatersrand. She believes that, as time continues to run on, it appears to be running away with the value placed on human lives. “Too often we hear of grievous crimes committed against people and go through the motions of feigning hurt but recover and proceed with life as if nothing happened. When will enough be enough? Until such a time comes, we will use art as a tool to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable,” she says.

The Crook’s Eye does not promote taking matters into your own hands but rather tells a story of someone who did. The outcome derives from the decision you take when you too are confronted by the crook’s eye.

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