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Monday, October 15, 2018


(Jerry Pooe. Pic by Val Adamson)

Following two week’s action packed shows and events, the Playhouse Company’s Community Arts Festival, CAF 2018, climaxes this Friday and Saturday (October 19 and 20).

The major purpose of the festival has been to create a platform to showcase productions to a broader community, who also receive feedback from the industry in order to improve and grow the shows preparing them to participate in other national festivals.

Noted theatre practitioner Jerry Pooe, this year’s CAF director, leads an Administration Masterclass on Friday October 19 at 11h00, with a Dance Administration Workshop led by Musa Hlatshwayo, 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Awardee for Dance, following on Saturday October 20 at 12h00.

(Musa Hlatshwayo. Pic by Val Adamson)

Stage productions still to be showcased on CAF’s roster include: Year 2042 After The Last World War (October 19 at 14h00); Last Supper (October 19 at 16h00); Nomalizo The Brave (October 19 at 19h00); Indoda (October 20 at 10h00); Umsaka (October 20 at 16h00) and Indibano Music Concert (October 20 at 17h15).

Synopsis guide

Year of 2042 After The Last World War: The Illuminati rule an apocalyptic universe in which Christianity is banned, following the last word war, which was incited by religion.

Last Supper: In this gripping drama from 3 KZN Talents, Emily and her daughter Lisa stand up against the brutal domestic abuse they have long endured at the hands of Nelson, Emily’s sadist of a husband.

Nomaliso The Brave: Nomaliso, a brave young woman, is prohibited by the traditional custom known as ‘Ukhuthwala Intombi’ from marrying the man she loves. Her parents seek to force her into an arranged marriage so they can gain money. Directed by Bonginkosi Shangase, this tale, told through music, drama and dance, encourages women to stand up for their rights.

Indoda: In this apartheid retrospective, Sanele Maphumulo’s moving dance drama looks at the life of a young man who has been raised by his grandmother, before he sets out for the big city to find his own identity by finding his father, an MK soldier absent throughout his childhood.

Umsaka: Siwela Sonke’s dance piece unravels a complicated plot in which the younger generation of a family seek to discover the secrets that were hidden by their fathers.