TWIST NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2014
Two writers from each of the Twist groups came together for an intensive director’s workshop with mentors, Roel Twijnstra and Bhekani Shabalala. The mentors worked with the groups on their new scripts, which were inspired by the writer’s workshop with Kobus Moolman. We also welcomed back old friend Xolani Dlongolo, who joined us for the weekend.
Twist at Isigcawu festival
The Twist groups performed at the Isigcawu Theatre Festival over the first week of November, and had a good weekend together, with great showcase performances of their work.
Preparations for the Musho! Festival
All of the groups are currently active with preparations for the Musho! Theatre Festival, which will be running at the Catalina Theatre from 15 to 19 January, with the Twist group’s performances as follows:
Saturday 17 January at 2 pm
Freedom Forest (Izwe youth Theatre): Even after 20 years, Sthenjwa Dlamini, an old veteran and a freedom fighter, still believes that the country isn’t free. Will his dream take him to where Freedom is? Written and directed by Sanele Gumede. Performed by Sabelo Khoza and Siyabonga Majola.
Too Long (Sinethemba Theatre Group): Strangely, Noma has been pregnant for two years, and doesn’t understand why. She needs to uncover a buried secret before she will be free to give birth.
Written by Lungile Dumisa and Nomathemba Xulu. Directed by Nobuhle Buthelezi. Performed by Bonisiwe Khumalo and Lungile Dumisa.
Sunday 18 January at 2 pm
Mpilo And Themba (Siyathuthuka Theatre Group): Mpilo shares a room with Themba in a children’s home. Secrets about their parents are uncovered that allow them to realise what family really means. Written and directed by Siyabonga Mthembu. Performed by Lebogang Mzaza and Xoliswa Ngubane.
The Dress (Lashona Arts and Creations): A beautiful pink dress hangs in a cupboard. Watch how it changes the lives of three generations of women. Written by Mlungisi Ngidi and directed by Doctor Kheswa and Khulekani Mtshali. Performed by Makhosazane Mkhize and Cebo Mdadane.
Groups are active over the holiday period
Many of the Twist groups are busy over the coming period, with both workshops and performances. Siyathuthuka group is hosting a two week Theatre workshop at Hammarsdale with a focus on acting, music and dance. This is in conjunction with visiting theatre groups from New York. Lashona Arts and Creations will be performing as part of Durban’s Summer Season on the Durban beachfront. Look out for them if you are anywhere near the beach!
Twist Projects wishes all our friends, supporters and colleagues peace and joy over the festive period. We hope you are able to recharge your batteries in readiness for a wonderful 2015!
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