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Friday, September 14, 2018


(Menzi Mkhwane, director Ralph Lawson, Rory Booth & Ashwin Singh)

The direction leaves you nostalgic, buoyant of the future and content with the present. (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)

Singh Siblings Productions is currently presenting Into The Grey in the Playhouse Company's Loft Theatre. Meticulously directed by Ralph Lawson and penned by the profound Ashwin Singh, this show explored the pragmatic and sometimes turbulent relationship between Logan (Singh) and Sandile (Menzi Mkhwane).

The play is set in post-apartheid Chatsworth, an Indian Township South of Durban central. We meet the central character Logan, played by Singh himself, and his college acquaintance and friend, Sandile. We follow their journey as they strive for a racially diverse Chatsworth through a Youth Centre called The Freedome. Apart from race politics the play also touched on gender, sex and a few other themes. There are strong political undertones as many riots and significant moments of tension are highlighted as the play cascades across several decades.

There are several minor, yet significant characters in the story, all played astutely by Rory Booth, who drive this poignant storyline forward. It examines Indian life in Chatsworth and how integration has both worked and failed to varying degrees. All three actors do well in their respective roles, however, I was most enthralled with the efforts by Booth.

I adored the lighting effects on the set which consisted of a staircase with protruding Flats, representative of Chatsworth. This location was used to maximum benefit, portraying intimacy in blocking when needed and disguise with shadow effects behind the screen, to hide the traumatic incidences.

In the end we are left with many trepidations but also with the gentle reminder of the possibility of hope. The direction leaves you nostalgic, buoyant of the future and content with the present. Well done to the production company.

Into the Grey has two more performances in The Playhouse Loft tomorrow (Saturday) September 15 at 15h00 and at 19h30. Tickets R80 with concessions for students and pensioners. Booking is via Computicket, telephonically on 0861 915 8000, online at, or by calling the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540/ 369 9596 (office hours). - Verne Rowin Munsamy