Art & Theatre

Theatre and Music News Around Durban

DUT stages Rice-Webber’s iconic musical


The Playhouse Drama: 24 – 31August

Creating challenging opportunities for their students, the Drama Department at DUT is staging Tim Rice / Andre Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical, Evita, at the Playhouse Drama from 24 – 31 August.

Directed by Prof Debbie Lutge, with costumes by Debbie Webster and Nellie Ngcongo, set design by Derek O’Toole, choreography by Mdu Mtshali and music direction byMadlen Tzankova, the cast features students cast from first, second and third year.

Evita is traditionally a stage-musical, but also known as a film musical featuring Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce. It features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The story looks at the life of Eva Peron, known fondly as Evita, an extravagant and outspoken public figure who was a political leader in her own right, married to Argentine President Juan Peron. The musical follows her life from a restless teenager, who after a series of strategic love affairs, eventually became one of the most watched global icons by her death in 1952.

The musical has a myriad recognisable numbers including the beautiful requiem for Evita,  “Oh What a Circus“; “On This Night of a Thousand Stars”; “High Flying Adored”;”I’d Be Surprisingly Good For You”, and the chart toppers, “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”.

Tickets are R60 throughout, and R20 concessions

Booking is through Computicket

For more info, contact Lebohang on 031-3732194

Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 6 – 25 August

Hexagon Theatre, Pmb: 27 – 31 August

Is it a Kangaroo, a Dinosaur or could it be Superman? No it’s Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist and a group of volunteers from his audience acting in strange weird and wonderful ways.

Following his sold-out season in 2012 Andre returns to Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 6 – 25 August 2013, and with this he brings more of his dry wit, strange humour and a heap of new routines. Andre has selected some of the best material he could find in order to ensure that his audience is provided with two hours of side-splitting fun, laughter and stress-reducing entertainment.

Andre would like to remind theatre-goers that he will not drag, pull or in any way coheres you to take part in the show. If an evening of good old family fun is all you want Andre will let you enjoy the show without the risk of becoming the star. Andre’s show can however assist when it comes to getting rid of your mother-in-law, wife or husband.  A mere snap of the fingers leaves you single……

Tickets for both shows can be purchased at Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at Tickets are R90.00 per person. Discount on production of a student card, pensioner’s card or under the age of 12: – R65.00 per person.

Shirley Valentine

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, 11 – 22 September

The third Durban production of the year for Durban’s greatest theatrical export, KickstArt,  presents a revival of their multi award-winning production of Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 11-22 September, starring Lisa Bobbert.

Booking for all KickstArt productions is through Computicket, and booking is now open. For block bookings of 10 or more, or sold performances, please contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: 0832502690 or

Ten Drum – The Beat of Taiwan –

Finds its pulse in South Africa

Sibaya Casino on August 30.

 Described as “breathtaking, dazzling and mesmerising”, the internationally celebrated Taiwanese percussion group, Ten Drum, opens its South African tour at the Sibaya Casino on August 30.

Nominated for a Grammy in 2010 in the World Music Category, Ten Drum   honours ancient traditional Taiwanese drumming, but is also part of Taiwan’s modern urban culture.

The fascinating drumming performance is integrated with dance moves, martial arts poses, atmospheric lighting and percussive narrative.

Ten Drum has notched up over 700 performances, in about 50 cities in over 15 countries, including the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and a record- breaking mass drumming display of over 1951 drums at the Tainan Municipal Stadium in 2004. In 2009 they were the toast of the Pilsen Festival in the Czech Republic.

It is now South Africa’s turn to feel the pulse of this percussive treat. Ten Drum – The Beat of Taiwan opens its four-city SA Tour at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino for one performance only on Friday August 30 at 8pm. The next day, as part of their ethos of exchanging global cultures, they will host a drumming workshop at the eNanda Adventure Site at eNanda Dam, followed by a vibrant outdoor performance for the public at 1pm.

With the support of the Durban Green Corridor and the eThekweni Municipality, the Ten Drum will participate in the “eNanda Duelling Drums”, an exchange of Taiwanese and South African rhythms.

KZN Music Imbizo !!!

KZN Music Imbizo is back for the sixth time in 7 years. The premier music business exhibition and conference, which has been independently run since 2007, announced the dates for 2013 – the event will be held at the Royal Hotel (Durban) from Thursday August 29 – Saturday August 31, 2013.

“KZN Music Imbizo is an independent annual music business exhibition and conference that is held in Durban (South Africa). The conference collects various music industry stakeholders under one roof to map the way forward for the KwaZulu-Natal music industry. It is a platform to exhibit, network, share expertise and knowledge “explains Sphe Mbhele, the project manager.

The event theme for 2013 is the question “IS THE INDUSTRY IS DEAD?” It will concentrate on the independent recording labels, support structures plus new and existing revenue streams. A special session on eventing and event licenses is on the cards. True to its slogan MUSIC IS BUSINESS TO MY EARS, the KZN Music Imbizo is all about practical ways in which all involved in the music industry can exploit their talents for financial gain.

KZN Music Imbizo will look the digital and mobile era. The local online platform KASI MP3 will be used as a case study.

1. VISITOT PASS – FREE (Access to the exhibition area and music equipment demonstrations area)

2. ONE DAY PASS – R50.00 (Access to the music producer’s lab, panel discussions, exhibition and music equipment demonstrations plus one show of the KZN Music Imbizo Festival)

3. TWO DAY PASS – R100.00 (Access to the music producer’s lab, panel discussions, exhibition and music equipment demonstrations for the two days plus one show of the KZN Music Imbizo Festival.

For more information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities contact:

Sphe Mbhele (Project Manager)

Tel 031 301 8739 / 031 836 0311

Cell 072 058 6675


 RSPA will be working with the international NPO ASSITEJ, running their Youth Ambassador Program.

The objectives of this organisation is to create access to theatre for young people, support and develop emerging and established artists, empower arts’ education, and connect and advocate for the arts in the lives of young people. It works to improve the quality of theatre for young audiences in South Africa through international networking and exchange. Our first project, for students interested in being part of this program, will be to review productions students seen at the Hilton Arts Festival; obviously this is only for students attending the Hilton Arts Festival with RSPA BUT from there the project will grow.

If you would like your child to be part of this program please let me know by reply so I can include you in all future mails regarding this activity. Please note this is open to anyone not JUST students of RSPA so if you have friends/family who you think would like to be part of this initiative please send this mail to them.

I am looking for a committee of 8 students who are prepared to give up their time, once a month, to meet and discuss new projects and workshops we should undertake. If you would like to be considered to be part of the committee please let me know.

Thank you in advance for your time and commitment to youth theatre development.

To book your audition slot please contact


If you are in the music business and have events / gigs in KZN – then you can have these publicised for free via the MUSIC MA database.  Email for all the details.

Final Call for MUSHO 2014 proposals.

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) in KZN will host the ninth Musho! International Theatre Festival of one and two person theatre, in Durban from January 2014, celebrating the art of the one and two-performer plays.

‘Musho’ – isiZulu for an enthusiastic praise response, something similar to ‘Bravo!’ – embraces many forms of theatre: from mime to physical theatre, drama to comedy-theatre.  It pays tribute to the smaller works featuring one and two performers.  These are intimate productions that showcase the skill of theatre performance and storytelling, as well as covering a wide range of styles, from drama to comedy and physical theatre.

After extensive research, PANSA realized that a festival early in the year staging more intimate theatrical productions is considered a useful and exciting start to the year by performers and audiences alike.  Musho! benefits the performers as staging their shows and collecting reviews early in the year helps them for future seasons of the production through the year.  The audiences love seeing an array of fabulous theatre early in the year when calendars are quiet and when the festive flurry is over.

The festival is organised by PANSA KZN, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa. If you have a play or theatre piece that will be suitable for our festival feel free to send in your proposal to

All proposals are read by a selection committee of local theatre professionals, and successful applicants will be contacted in October 2013.

Selection criteria for the festival include:

• The work must have one or two persons only performing

• The work should be an innovative and interesting concept

• The work should have potential appeal for local audiences

• The work should be classifiable as theatre (with a discernable narrative)

• The company or individual should have a good track-record and reputation

• The work should not have played in Durban in the past 12 months

• The work should be 50-70 minutes in length

Participants are paid for their participation in the festival.  The amount paid per performance will be confirmed at a later date, and is subject to the funding that PANSA receives.

Contracts will be drawn up between the artists and the festival once selection and confirmation procedures have been concluded, in October 2013.

Proposal guidelines and compulsory information.

1.     Contact person

2.     Contact address ,telephone,number, email

3.     Name of the show

4.     Genre of the show

5.     Appropriate audience and age group

6.     An exciting description of the show.

7.     Technical requirements for the show

8.     Name of performers and directors of the show

9.     Group background and experience.

Research into arts reporting in SA community newspapers

Chantel Erfort is looking for information for her Masters thesis. Her research topic is  The state of arts reporting in the South African community newspapers. Please help her by filling out the following questionnaire at:

(Source – Pansa)

Article by Fred Felton

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