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Twist newsletter September / October

Twist says ‘hello and goodbye’

Twist said farewell to the old groups that it has worked with for the past two years, and welcomed in the four new groups: Ubizo Theatre from Marainhill, Nansi Impumelelo Arts and Culture from Manguzi, and Mzansi Theatre Advancement and Thandimpilo Theatre groups from Pietermartizburg. These new groups met with the graduating Twist groups, and spent time getting to know each other and understanding how the projects work. We look forward to this continued synergy between younger groups and those more established in their field.

Mentors work with new groups
Established theatre directors, Prince Lamla, Zwai Mgijima, Monageng Vice Motshabi and Ntshieng Mokgoro have each spent a week working with the new groups creating new work that will be performed for the Isigcawu festival. The groups learnt a great deal about theatre craft, script-writing, directing and performing from this time with the mentors. Roel Twijnstra has been following-up with the groups to ensure that their work is ready for the festival.

Isigcawu Festival performances
The group’s new work will be staged at the upcoming Isigcawu Festival at the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in Kwamashu, from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November. Ubizo Theatre Company presents “Woman”, mentored by Ntshieng Mokgoro; Nansi Impumelelo presents “The Road to Farazela”, mentored by Prince Lamla; Mzansi Theatre Advancement will be performing “Take”, mentored by Zwai Mgijima; and Thandiplio Theatre presents “The return of Sister Justice” , mentored by Monageng Vice Motshabi. These shows will be showcased at the festival over the course of the weekend, and all are welcome

Dutch production in Durban
Linking with the Isigcawu festival, Isil Vos’s physical satire “Charlie” will play at the festival on Friday 30 October at 10 am, and the group will also host a workshop on their non-verbal style. There are additional shows for the public at UKZN Howard College on Thursday 29^th at 10.45am, and at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg on Monday 2nd November at 5.30pm. These performances, supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands, are free.

NAC support for new productions

Twist conducted a workshop for our “old” groups – as part of on-going mentoring, and to stimulate new work from the groups. With a grant from the National Arts Council, Twist is pleased to announce its support of the new production “Umthwalo Wami” by Big Brotherhood Productions, mentored by Gcina Mhlope, and Siyakha Performing Artist’s new work “Time After Time”, which will be mentored by Roel Twijnstra. We will keep you updated as to when and where these new works will be performed.

Skills workshop at the University of Zululand

Emma Durden and Roel Twijnstra presented a workshop at the University of Zululand in October, based on their book “Theatre Directing in South Africa: Skills and inspirations”. The third year students who attended the workshop found the content inspiring, and commented that the information in the book was received just in time for their final exams. We wish them luck!

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