The sheer quality and variety of theatre on offer at The Playhouse Company’s New Stages Festival in Durban seems to get better and better every year and the new series beginning in May is certainly no exception.
Audiences can look forward to an absolute feast of creative, original and thought-provoking productions, as well as a hit comedy, each one focusing on issues facing our nation today.
It’s a theatrical extravaganza of music, dance and drama, featuring some of the country’s best-known talents on stage including such household names as Dr John Kani, Atandwa Kani, Nat Ramabulana and Susan Danford as well as a host of professional artists in various art forms.
The Playhouse Company’s New Stages Festival is unique and relevant because most of the productions carry a profoundly powerful message for South Africans, touching on such pertinent themes like transformation, race relations, social cohesion and the experience of exiles returning to new challenges in our nascent democracy.
As Playhouse CEO and Artistic Director, Linda Bukhosini explains, special emphasis was given to identifying productions that are of high artistic quality, had enjoyed acclaim and recognition in the wider performing arts industry and were relevant to the theme of the country’s new dispensation.
Some of the must-see productions on offer this year include Atandwa Kani, Warren Nebe and Nat Ramabulana’s Hayani; Tony Award-winning actor and writer, Dr John Kani at his very best in his latest play Missing; 2011 Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning dance collaboration Bhakti (choreographed by Lilane Loots and featuring dancers from Flatfoot Dance Company and the Playhouse Dance Residency); and The Seven Deadly Sins, the latest comedy offering from duo Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert.
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