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Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Twist Durban Theatre Development Projects will be launching the new book by Roel Twijnstra and Emma Durden, Acting in South Africa: Skills and Inspirations, in Durban on August 17 at 17h00 at the Bat Centre, Mission Control and in Midlands over the Hilton Arts Festival, together with the staging of Twist street theatre shows, from September 13 – 15.

The new book is the third in a series that includes one on directing and one on producing. The book is a user-friendly introduction to acting for both stage and screen. The book includes interviews with actors and with directors, coaches, agents and producers, who talk about their own experiences and share tips for making it as an actor in South Africa. Interviewed actors include Andrew Buckland, David Dennis, Dawn Thandeka King, Dr Jerry Mofokeng and many others.

Sir Roel Twijnstra, originally from the #Netherlands, is a theatre director, designer and producer based in South Africa. He was trained as an assistant of Peter Stein and Peter Brook, and has worked in the USA, Russia, Indonesia, Nepal, Morocco, Uganda, Benin, Guinea, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He is the head of the Live Performance School at AFDA in Durban and has lectured at UKZN and DUT. He is a founder of Twist Theatre Development Projects in 2010.

Dr Emma Durden works in the field of theatre for development and health. She started working as an actor in 1993 at NAPAC (the then Natal Performing Arts Council) and has since gone on to be a researcher, writer, director, theatre-maker and educator. She has a PhD in Theatre for Development from The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and has taught at AFDA, UKZN, the University of Cape Town and the University of Zimbabwe. She runs a health communication consultancy called Act Two Training, the industrial theatre company, PST Project and manages Twist Theatre Development Projects.

The publication of the book is made possible by Twist Projects through generous grants from the National Lotteries Commission and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa.

The launch will include a conversation with some of the acting luminaries who were interviewed for the book, and coincides with the graduation of the 2018-2019 Twist Community Groups, and with the annual "Game Changer" award which recognizes the valuable contribution of individuals to community theatre in KZN.

This short, hour-long event will take place at the Bat Centre in Durban on Saturday 17 August, and all are welcome. A similar event will be held as part of the Hilton Festival programme which takes place from September 13 to 15.

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