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Tuesday, November 13, 2018


MagentaPro invites audiences to the 3rd Annual IMBHEWU Festival which will run at the Stable Theatre from November 15 to 17, 2018. The festival begins at 16h00 at the Stable Theatre, 115 Johannes Nkosi Street Greyville Durban.

The Imbewu Theatre Festival is a platform to uplift young and vibrant artist through theatre workshops and mentorship from other young professionals in the arts. It was founded in 2014 and held at the DUT Courtyard Theatre by Thobani Nzuza, Bonginkosi Thwala, Mnqobi Msimango and Nhlakanipho Gamede.

The festival caters for young emerging writers, directors, choreographers and performers. “Imbewu simply means seed, we see this festival as a platform that explores the potential of the seed generation of Theatre”, says Nkosingphile Dlamini.

“The Imbhewu Festival works to encourage the youth to take further initiative in developing and studying the arts. As young artists we are aware of the ongoing problem of not having enough platforms available to showcase the potential and creativity displayed by new graduates. This festival aims to empower and uplift emerging Theatre creatives to create more works and to never be limited creatively. The emerging theatre creatives are also encouraged to put together proposals and deliver presentations about their pieces. All the participants will be supervised by very hard working young theatre creatives already taking on the Theatre industry. The participants must be in their final year of studying, new graduates and also emerging community art groups.

There will be a guest performance by Menzi Mkhwane’s Last Cow and Lihle Nene.

Festival line up: includes the following workshops:

Dialogue on how to make your talent work for you with Nokubonga and Nokwanda Khuzwayo, Menzi Mkhwane on Acting and directing, Choreography workshop facilitated by Nqubeko Cue Ngema, Improvisation with the audience by Peter Dlamini and Fezeka Shandu


Directed by Sweety Ntshangase and performed by: Sabatha Ngcobo, Thokozani Ngcongo, Khulekani Godlimpi and Ayanda Luthuli. The play takes us on a journey of four men who find themselves trapped by their pasts and issues around them, they are introduced to a mythical creature, Umagejageja, an elite healer and spiritual revivalist without noticing that he is a spirit that lives within all of them.
Age restriction: PG 13

Performed by Kristi-Leigh Gresse, this piece integrates the world of the consumption of the female body for both pleasure and power. The artist goes on a personal journey to confront her identity that has become so obscured as a result of having the ideologies of the system that objectifies her consume every aspect of her lived experience. Using both visual media and movement this piece aims to create a conversation around the idea of self-censorship brought on by both fear and inheritances and how this is in part feeding the very system that oppresses us.

Sight Of Interest
Devised and directed by Lihle Nene who performs with Thato Mazwi. The production looks at absurdity of goals that consciously and unconsciously influences our sights or perceptions by zooming into pressure that exists through conventions, where a Man is told to marry or be married, employ or be employed. Men follows the given circumstances but all that is never enough. We remain empty trying to fulfil what the society wants from us instead of what we want from ourselves. The production discusses this self-concealing process through linear narrative journey of these two boys (Nqubo and Mlandeli) who continuously struggles to stand on their own without a direct balance from one another. The conflict is expanded when these boys decides to recreate their personalities to align with the society’s expectations.

Sins Of The Elders
Directed by: Sandile Shezi and Khulekani Mtshali
Sins of the elders is a community based story that’s tells the story of uMbali Shozi an orphan that was left by her father and becomes a victim of ill-treatment by her stepmother.

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Performed by Nqubeko Ngema, the piece talks about variety issues such as how Technology/system has taken over our lives and how we now forget our capabilities as humans. It also talks about how black people have suffered to the extent that some of these situations feel normal in our lives.

Performed by: Mona_LeeSA A feeling of pleasure and sometimes slight sadness at the same time as you think about things that happened in the past.

The Imbhewu Festival Team includes Nkosingiphile Dlamini; Sanelisiwe Mbhele; Peter Dlamini; Fezeka Shandu and Lee Phila Ngamlana.

The festival is supported by Ethekwini Municipality Arts and Living Culture.

For more information contact Nkosingphile Dlamini on 083 611 5584 or email: