Mncube continued with acting, writing and directing, with his work featured at a number of community-based theatre festivals and arts centres. He was then identified by the Performing Arts Network of
Now renamed Giving Birth to My Father, and having been slightly tweaked, Mncube is taking this play to the 2014 NAF Fringe Programme.
The play begins on the day that |a young woman (Ayanda Fali) is about to be freed from jail. She has survived 18 years of imprisonment by using her imagination, but doesn't know what awaits her outside.
"Not much has been changed except for a small part of the storyline… I was very happy with the feedback after Musho," he said.
Giving Birth to My Father marks Mncube's third work after Weeping Candle and The Chameleon.
"I'm not necessarily leaning |more towards writing or acting at this stage, I just want to continue doing both."
The play stages at Masonic Back at the NAF from
After the NAF, Mncube will stage The Chameleon in Port Shepstone and he hopes to stage Giving Birth |to My Father later.
Musawenkosi and Bongumusa Shabalala (Ezekiel Dhlamini Musical): Identical twin brothers Bongumusa and Musawenkosi Shabalala stick out when it comes |to emerging theatre in
The brothers began coming up the ranks through the community theatre group, the uMlazi-based
In 2012 the group won an NAF Standard Bank Ovation Encore Award for To Be Like This Rock and they were invited to participate on the NAF Arena Programme last year, when they staged Secrets from the Drawer.
The brothers continue to write and direct under the Umsindo banner, and have even determined |to establish an Arts Centre in uMlazi over the next five years.
Tonight spoke to Musawenkosi about the group's Ezekiel Dhlamini Musical, which will stage on the Fringe Programme.
He explained that the musical was inspired by the musical King Kong (Todd Matshikiza and
"We have written our own script and it's all new music. Our script focuses more on Ezekiel Dlhamini, |a man who was a victim of circumstances. We want our piece to speak to the issues that South African legends face even today. They fall on hard times, they die poor. And this is not just in sport, but the arts too," he explained.
Ezekiel Dhlamini Musical stages at the city hall from
Prima Donna: It's not often that emerging writers and directors opt to restage the classics, but for the young
It wasn't long ago that she directed a staging of Athol |Fugard's Boesman and Lena in Pietermaritzburg, before staging |her Prima Donna - inspired by EugÈne Ionesco's The Bald Prima Donna - in
"I wanted to come up with something that would make people laugh at themselves… My adapta-tion is based on a South African context. We use Zulu, Afrikaans |and English," she explained.
The absurdist play mirrors |the ridiculousness of human interactions as we observe two couples from different cultures.
"Because of the characters people can relate to the play… |Right now I'm more attracted to |the classics, but I don't like keeping things as they are. I find ways to make them different and also bring out who I am in those shows."
Prima Donna stages at
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