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Monday, December 7, 2015


The Musho! Festival runs from January 13 to 19, 2016, at Catalina Theatre. The programme has been finalised and includes the following productions:

January 13 at 20h00 - Leave It To Me.
Saskia’s father is a soldier. As long as she can remember, he was away from home to “help other people”. This is the story from the homefront. About saying goodbye, being strong and remaining loyal. To yourself, your family and, of course, your homeland. Performed by Saskia Driessen. Written by Barry Hofstede and Saskia Driessen and translated by Steve Green. Stage design and technique by Adriaan Beukema. Artistic advice: Daniëlle Wagenaar, Willemijn Barelds. Thanks to MAAStd, and Quint Studio. Brought to the festival by Twist Projects with support from the Netherlands Embassy.
Drama. 50 minutes. Ages 16 and up.

January 14 at 18h00 – No Swearing! (Directors Cut)
In 2011, Carvin H Goldstone launched his comedy career with this sold-out performance of his family- friendly one-man show. Four one-man shows later, No Swearing remains his most loved comedy show. Written and performed by Carvin H Goldstone.
Comedy. 55 minutes. Ages 13 and up.

January 14 at 20h00 – A Beautiful Wreckage
The charming story of straight-laced Chase, a focused physics student, and his best friend Damon, a party blogger with a wild streak.  This musical comedy explores all of the ups and downs, the laughter and the tears that inevitably follow a life lived to the full.
Created and performed by Grant Jacobs & Liam Mcdermott. Directed by Caitlin Kilburn.
Music produced by Jonathan Simons in collaboration with the creators. Visual Art by Kyle Nell.
Musical theatre. 60 minutes. Ages 13 and up. 

January 15 at 18h00 – Sweetie Darling
On a sunny Durban afternoon a man fusses over setting up a picnic in the park for the love of his life, who sets impossible tasks for him to prove his love. She exasperates, bewilders, and provokes the poor fellow, as he goes all out to prove himself to his ‘sweetie darling’. Written and directed by Clinton Marius. Performed by Bongani Mbatha.
Comedy. 50 minutes. All ages. 

January 15 at 20h00 – El Blanco
El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi will be the best thing since Pancho Villa. Only one actor, so you don’t have to look around so much. One guitar and one ukulele, so you don’t get bored of the same instrument. Songs, for the people who like musicals. Talking, for the people who like jokes. (Winner of a Gold Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2015 National Arts Festival) Written by Gwydion Beynon and performed by James Cairns.
Comedy. 50 minutes.  Ages 14 and up.

January 16 at 10h00 – Sunshine Babies
Specially created for toddlers and children aged 2 to 6. Sunshine Babies follows the sheer exuberance of a day packed with fun activities in the fabulous sub-tropical outdoors of Durban. Expect to be enchanted by innocent shenanigans, playful object animation and sweet surprises. Designed and directed by Gisele Turner. Performed by Sibo Masondo and Mlu Ngidi.
Family theatre.  45 minutes. Ages 2 and up.

January 16 at 12 noon – MUSHO! WITH A TWIST 1: A Double Bill Of Two Short Shows
The Toilet (Ubizo Theatre Group): When a girl starts to work in a public toilet as a cleaner, things start to change. Even a toilet can be a place to change your life and the lives of others for the better.
Drama. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.
A child of a child (Mzansi Theatre Projects Advancement): This is the journey of Nkathazo, who is trying to find his true identity.
Drama. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

January 16 at 14h00 – Mattie And Sis
Matty and Sis are sisters. They have issues and fights, they play to pass the time and laugh together to soothe any sadness and guilt. When one is gone, how does the other continue to live? Written by Theo Fransz. Directed by Philisiwe Twijnstra and performed by Ayanda Fali and Vicky Nyanda.
Drama.  50 minutes.  Ages 10 and up.

January 16 at 16h00 - Burn-Out
A witty, gruesome, heart-warming tale of blood and guts and glory. This is an urban comedy with a difference, real heroes grappling with the Grim Reaper.  We are taken on a journey on the roads of South Africa with two paramedics and the threats they encounter each time they are called to save a life. Written by JC Zondi and Simphiwe “Fiddy” Ngcobo. Performed by Musa Nkomo and Smangaliso Mnguni.
Physical theatre.  45 minutes. Ages 13 and up.

January 16 at 18h00 - Culpado
Brought to the festival with support from Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Development Council.
A general during the civil war in Mozambique disappears after the peace agreement in 1992. After 20 years he comes back home to face his son, already a man, who doesn’t recognize his father or the traumatic history of his own country. Written by Davido Jose. Directed by Maria Atália. Performed by Davido Jose and Horacio Guiamba.
Drama. 50 minutes.  Ages 14 and up.

January 16 at 20h00 – The Others
A platteland ghost story. Sarie’s grief at the death of her mother is impounded by the responsibility of a heavy set of keys she inherits, with which she must lock the house against the darkness each night. Soon we learn of the burden bound to the holder of the keys. Written and directed by Peter Court.  Performed by Caitlin Kilburn.
Drama/ Horror.  50 minutes.  Ages 13 and up.

January 17 at 11h00 – The Last Straw
Written and produced by Grade 9 Kingsway High School Girls.  Be careful what you say, as your words can affect other people. Performed by Olebeng Mogane and Phumla Cele. Script assistance from Anele Madiye and Nomonde Msomi.  Mentored by Ria Kleynhans.
Drama.  20 minutes.  Ages 10 and up.

January 17 at 12h00 – MUSHO! WITH A TWIST 2: A Double Bill Of Two Short Shows
Beyond trust (Thandimpilo Theatre Company). Sipho’s grandfather loves nature, especially birds. When Sipho’s friends convince him that hunting birds is what most young boys do for fun, he finds himself in trouble.
Drama. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

Utshwayelo Zombie (Nansi Impumelelo Arts and Culture Initiative)
Where the river meets the sea on the Mozambiquan border, fishermen catch fish in their kraals (Utshwayelo). When there is no longer fish in the kraals, they start to wonder:  is it just the wind coming from another direction, or is there more?
Horror. 30 minutes. Ages 16 and up.

January 17 at 14h00 –  RUN
Two brothers come from one of the most prominent families in the village. This all changes after the death of their grandfather, the chief. A story about decision making, hope and love; and the impact it has on families. Created and performed by Dumisani Kubheka and Sbusiso Ntsalaze. Mentored by Roel Twijnstra.
Drama.  45 minutes.  Ages 14 and up.

January 17 at 16h00 – The Funeral
A weird and wonderful exploration of identity though the great unknown of death itself.  “A lyrical reflection on the brief reality we call life ... sparking a thought provoking experience. One leaves the theatre touched on an acutely personal level by something profound” (The Cape Times).Written and performed by Simo Mpapa Majola. Directed by Phala Onkeditshe Phala.
Drama. 45 minutes. All Ages.

January 17 at 18h00 – Termite! 
Subtitled ‘Tall Tales for Big People’ - this is an astute combination of physical theatre, satire and a dash of lunacy; blending traditional folk tales with modern South African life. This fast-paced trilogy of stories tells tales of various animals as they take on Minicab Taxis, Colonel Sanders and try to explain why dogs sniff each other’s behinds. Written by Greig Coetzee. Directed by Peter Mitchell. Performed by Mpilo Nzimande and TQ Zondi.
Satire. 55 minutes.  Ages 13 and up.

MASTERCLASSES: JANUARY 18 from 10h00 to 15h00
The workshops are free, but booking is essential on 031 201 4750.

10h00 to 12h00: Creating Stories From Personal History. Dutch actress Saskia Driessen performs “Leave it to me” and talks about creating stories and characters from personal history.
13h00 to 15h00: Comedy In The Streets. Gerard Oldhaar, a Dutch street theatre performer, takes participants through a series of exercises designed to bring physical comedy to the streets. 

The Musho! Festival 2016 runs from January 13 to 19 at Catalina Theatre, Wilson’s Wharf. Tickets R50 (R30 students, pensioners PANSA paid-up members) booked through Computicket or available at the door. Shows on Saturday and Sunday at 10h00, 12noon; 14h00 and 16h00 - pay what you can.

More information from Catalina on 031 837 7400 or through PANSA on 031 201 4765.

The Musho! Festival 2016 is presented by PANSA with support from The KZN Performing Arts Trust, Pro-Helvetia and The Swiss Development Council, The KZN Department of Arts and Culture, The Daily News, Catalina Theatre And Twist Theatre Development Projects.