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Sunday, October 1, 2017


The Playhouse Company’s inaugural KZN Arts Showcase with 10 productions will launch on October 6.

During every weekend in October an array of drama, dance and arts showcases will be staged at the Playhouse Loft Theatre.

Kicking things off is 6-2-6, a drama which takes us through the journey of “Mr Mtheku”, a miner who is respected by the community at large for his great work only to be framed for rape one night. On the 11th year of his jail sentence he gets a surprise visit from a young girl he doesn't know… This is a powerful one-hander told through flashbacks, sound, song and energetic acting. 6-2-6 stages on October 6 at 11h00 and October 7 at 14h00.

Trafficked, staging on October 6 at 15h30 and October 7 at 15h00, combines physical theatre, poetry and media projection to tell the story of a South African girl tricked into a dangerous human trafficking syndicate. This highly creative and gripping performance explores the on-going reality of modern-day slavery happening on our doorstep.

Catch Liberty, a dance work inspired by the rise and fall of the economy and societies judgemental nature around money, fame and the illusion of a reputable reputation. Staging on October 6 at 17h00 and October 7 at 16h30, Liberty tells South African stories of lost souls in an idealistic world who have fallen by the wayside, battered by life’s many struggles. Characters are left discouraged and hopeless with no glimpse of a better life. All people are faced with challenges yet many struggle to overcome them. This emotional journey of love, loss, betrayal, and greed unfold as they struggle to fight to pull through hardships that life so eloquently threw at them.

Wrapping up both nights of the first weekend’s Showcase, B!*ch Stole My Doek stages on October 6 and 7 at 19h30. A raucous satire with a twist, this stage comedy pokes fun at a war of words between two women over a missing item of laundry. Colourful language and irrational hysteria offer an insider’s view of life in Durban’s southern suburb, Wentworth, as the comical battle between neighbours heats up and boils over, with unexpected results.

A total of 10 productions will stage during the KZN Arts Showcase which was created to celebrate authentic local drama and dance works. This showcase has been co-curated by The Playhouse Company with K-CAP, Umsindo Theatre Projects, The University of KZN Drama Department and an independent panel, who recommended productions based on pre-set criteria. This included nominations of the best productions from their respective programmes, festivals or competitions.

Bookings on 031 369 9407. For the full festival schedule visit