Twist News March / April


Twist group’s new productions
The four Twist groups are busy working on their new productions which they are readying for performances in schools. These productions are the result of workshops with mentors Emma Durden, Roel Twijnstra and Bhekani Shabalala as well as with Assitej earlier this year. The groups have spent time negotiating access to the schools, and consulting with local schools about their needs for performances. Their production details are as follows:

Lashona Art and Theatre Creations: Ithiqosi
Target age grade: Grade 7 – Creative Arts (folktales)
Sometimes stories are the solution to our problems, find out how Mr Zulu solves issues with stories and how stories change his life.

Siyathuthuka Theatre Group : Good morning Sir
Target age grade: grade 10-12(15 years and up)
A grade 11 student, Naledi, claims to be impregnated by her Speech and Drama teacher who promised to help her fulfil her dream of becoming a music star. The teacher, Mr Manyisa, denies the baby and Naledi needs to decide what to do.

Izwi Theatre Group: The Glimmer In The Dust
Target age grade: Suitable for pupils from grade 8 to grade 10. It is based on Grade 8 history.
This is a historical story about Sechaba, friends with the farmer’s son who found South Africa’s first diamond. The discovery sees Sechaba searching for more stones in order to change his family’s life; the story unfolds as he is released from prison after an incident on a mine where he worked …

Sinethemba Arts: Chronicles of Summer Holidays
Target age grade: Suitable pupils from grade 10 to grade 12.
The story is about two young people who meet during summer holidays. As their relationship develops, they both find themselves having problems related to having sex.

Twist at the Uhuru International Arts Festival

Twist partner, the Wushwini Arts and Heritage Centre, will be hosting the second Uhuru International Community Arts Festival from 6 to 10 May. The festival theme “imagine Africa without borders” is particularly poignant at this dark time in KZN. The Twist groups will perform their new work at this festival. Twist is also delighted to welcome back Dutch – Curacao story-teller and performer Roland Colastica, who will be performing at the festival on 7 May.

Exchange performances
As part of the exchange project which Twist hosts with the Embassy of the Netherlands in South Africa, Dutch-Curacao artists Roland Colastica will also be performing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Petermaritzburg on 11 May and in Durban on 15 May. We are delighted that our partnership with the drama departments at UKZN is continuing in this way.


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