Theatre as empowerment at Playhouse’s Community Arts Festival

Theatre as empowerment at Playhouse’s Community Arts Festival

Theatre lovers are in for a treat this week as the fourth Community Arts Festival (CAF) kicks off at the Playhouse from April 11 to 20.
The festival features productions from KZN communities which have received performance and theatre skills training from professional arts practitioners under the auspices of The Playhouse Company.
This year four productions with socially relevant themes will be performed.
The roster includes ‘Talking Spirit’, ‘Umlabalaba’, ‘Zion’ and ‘Sugar Daddies’.

‘Talking Spirit’ interrogates the hard-hitting issues of abortion, correctional rape and murder.
‘Umlabalaba’ explores the notion of being black and unemployed in the new South Africa. It follows two friends that have been without work since completing matric. One day, while playing Umlabalaba, they decide to join a local drama group in an attempt to turn their lives around despite the fact that the odds are stacked against them.

‘Zion’ is a touching portrayal of a young woman dealing with psychological wounds inherited from her father which leave her unable to express herself professionally, intellectually, sexually and socially.
‘Sugar Daddies’ deals with the implication of older men with financial means having very young girlfriends. The irresponsible behaviour of these Sugar Daddies brings ruin to the lives of their own families and those of the young women they engage with.

The performances promise to be top notch thanks to the assistance of professional mentors who are specialists in everything from stage craft, scriptwriting, music, dance, choreography and other industry-related skills.

* All performances are free and run from the April 11 to 20. Call the Playhouse on 031 369 9555 for more information.