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Sunday, October 6, 2019


(Left: A scene from “Azania”)

The Playhouse Company, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, has announced its programme of productions and events featured on its 2019 Community Arts Festival (CAF) programme. CAF runs at The Playhouse Company in the heart of eThekwini’s CBD, between October 4 and 19.

CAF’S Official opening takes place in the Playhouse Porte Cochere on October 4, from 12h30 to 13h30. Programme director Mduduzi (Ngqopho) Nombela will introduce a succession of diverse dance genres, including: Shameni (performed by Amashiyakukhalwaz Entertainers); Amapansula (Champions); Spanish Dance (Minette de Klerk Dance Company); and Classical Indian Dance (Kumar Shiska Dance Academy).

A total of 10 stage productions from various communities who have successfully auditioned to take part in this year’s festival will be presented in The Loft Theatre during CAF 2019.

Productions to be showcased on October 4 include: Isipho (14h00-15h00); Omakhelwane (16h00-17h00); and Azania (19h00-20h00).

A reprise for weekenders on October 5 on a different time slot are: Azania (14h00-15h00); Isipho (16h00-17h00) and Omakhelwane (19h00-20h00).

Isothamlilo plays in The Loft on October 11 (10h00-11h00); followed by Nonkululeko (14h00-15h00); and Until Death (16h00-17h00). A Sundowners Concert takes place in the Grand Foyer (17h15-18h45), featuring three poets, Gubhela, Slie Mkhize and Tshebeletso Mohale, along with KB’s Menu Band; and the day’s programme rounds off with a performance back in The Loft of Enclosure (19h00-20h00).

A reprise for weekenders on October 12 includes: Until Death (10h00-11h00); Enclosure (14h00-15h00); Isothamlilo (16h00-17h00); and Nonkululeko (19h00-20h00).

(Right: A scene from “Whilst We Were Dreaming”)

Usphetho will be performed in The Loft on October 18 (14h00-15h00); followed by Kitchen Corner (16h00-17h00); and Whilst We Were Dreaming (19h00-20h00).

A performance of Kitchen Corner will be reprised on October 20 (10h00-11h00); followed by further performances of Whilst We Were Dreaming (14h00-15h00); and Usphetho (16h00-17h00).

An Indibano Music Concert marks the official closing of CAF 2019 in The Grand Foyer between 17h15 and 19h00. This will see poets, Shiwe Mthwazi, Onela Joni, and Royal Son appearing alongside Sheila and Friends Band. 

Since CAF was first introduced in October two years ago, when it was presented as KZN Arts Showcase, it has served as a platform to create more opportunities for community-based performing arts projects to be seen, and also to assist the participants by bringing in industry experts to share their knowledge.

To this end, Education and Networking remain key elements within The Playhouse Company’s overall aims of its CAF initiative. Besides the productions mentioned above, the 2019 CAF components include masterclasses, workshops, and sundowner concerts, where a variety of artists are provided with a platform to showcase their artistic ability.

October 5 sees Sandile Mkhize conducting a Movement and Conditioning Workshop in A1 between 11h30-13h30; Themba Luthuli will run an NAC Funding Workshop on October 11 (11h30-13h00); Edmond Mhlongo conducts a Directing Workshop in the same venue on October 12 (11h30-13h00).

Matjamela Motloung rounds off CAF 2019’s coaching initiatives in the Cellar on October 18 and 19 between 11h15 and 13h45 in the Cellar, in conversation with Durban young theatre makers, and expounding on Playmaking – From Idea to Stage, respectively.

An exciting range of work by crafters, as well as an exhibition curated by Thandeka Cele, will be displayed in the Main Foyer, daily between 10h00 and 17h00 throughout the duration of CAF. 

For more information regarding The Playhouse Company’s 2019 CAF programme, contact Marketing and Communications Co-Ordinator, on 031 369 9405, or email her at