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Thursday, May 30, 2024


(Above: Asanda Mhlungu & Mandisa Mnguni.
Photo credit: Givethanks communication)


Amaciko KwaZulu Art Project and National Arts Festival will be presenting Cursed created by Thamsanqa Khumalo, written by Nokwanda Mnyandu, directed by Thamsanqa Khumalo, Stage Manager by Nonhlanhla Ntuli and performed by amazing talented Mandisa Mnguni and Asanda Mhlungu

Thamsanqa Khumalo explains “In the beginning the first ever cursed was when God Cursed Adam and Eve after the forbidden fruit  saga, but now allow us to take you on the journey of the supernatural curse that was altered by the great one Nkwenhle and NQULABETHU when cursing this family from eNtathakusa  “Hlase Family” with the "Delunga", a spirit that feeds on female twins.

“This supernatural power play will invoke the whole place, whole play, and characters CURSE. Two characters, break and take us through the family curse, a secret that builds up and takes down the family of Hlase twins. This play will be about two twins Cebisa (boy) and Nongcebo (girl), born and bred eNtathakusa.

“It is all about the twins who did not know that they were related because when their young their parents separated after having a fight, they went or took different parts, separated some of the things and some of them were Cebisa and Nongcebo. The mother natured Nongcebo and the father groomed Cebisa when they were both eight months into the world.

“They grew apart, lived different lives, and adopted different styles up until they met up when they were old and fell in love, They take us into this relationship phase they just started only to find out, that they started their family too, and have their twins without knowing that they are related.

“This show will be narrated by our storytellers which is Nkwenhle and NQULABETHU who has so much knowledge and knows so much about THE CURSE. Things keep on getting worse and more cursed because they only realise that at the end they are related and they are cursed with the spirit of Delunga a spirit that feeds on female twins. We will be introduced to challenges and different ways to resolve challenges but the question is, will these challenges be solved since they were CURSED at the beginning?”

Performances will take place during the National Arts Festival at DICKS in Makhanda on June 20 (10h00), June 21 (16h00), June 22 (18h30) and June 23 (12h00)

Ticket prices R70. The play is supported by the Playhouse Company.