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Saturday, June 23, 2018


Actors deserve standing ovation for their conviction and great efforts. (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)

Wushwini Pan African Centre presents King Cetshwayo the Musical at the Playhouse Drama. Written and directed by popular local director Jerry Pooe and featuring over 25 actors, this musical reveals the trials and tribulations of the Zulu nation under the reign of the British. This history play takes us through the events that led up to King Cetshwayo's, king of Zululand's victory over, defeat and exile by the British rulers.

Cetshwayo was the first crowned king under British rule and after his return from exile, the first to restore the Zulu monarchy after it was destroyed by British laws in our country.

Pooe does well to create great atmosphere with the lights. The play also does well to recount this poignant story in our history. However, I do feel that is was a little unconventional for a musical. The usual build-up that occurs in a musical seems absent.

On point was the singing which was presented with great gusto, emotion and sophistication but I felt that the dancing could have been tighter and on par with the singing. The speaking scenes needed more nuances. What seemed unconventional was the lack of crisis for the second half to occur. The writing was mostly in narrative speech which led to very little theatrical action on stage.

Although unconventional, the audience still gave the show a standing ovation which the actors deserve for their conviction and great efforts.

King Cetshwayo, the Musical has one more performance tonight (June 23) in The Playhouse Drama at 19h00. Tickets R50 booked through Computicket and at the Playhouse. - Verne Rowin Munsamy