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RECOGNITION AWARDS (article first published : 2004-11-24)

At a glitzy evening last night (November 22) at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the who’s who of Durban theatre gathered to celebrate the achievements of the winners of the Durban Theatre Awards.

This is the second event of its kind since the Durban theatre community decided to go it alone without major sponsorship. The evening was made possible by sponsorship from the Bartel Arts Trust.

This sponsorship includes five recognition awards which acknowledge and recognise people who are doing sterling work in the industry but who don’t necessarily fall within the orbit of the Durban Theatre Awards. The five awards provide formal recognition of the special merit of the winners’ activities. The 2004 awards went to Irek Karamon, Jabulani Zwane, Thabani Ngubane, Vassie Moodley and Xolani Majozi.

Born and educated in Poland, Irek Karamon worked for 18 years in theatre and film as an actor. When he came to his adopted homeland of South Africa, he worked at the old Alhambra Theatre in Durban as an assistant stage manager. He went on to be stage manager and later production manager for the Playhouse Company and is now manager of the Playhouse Company Workshops at Mayville. He has been able to utilise his creative talents as a set and costume designer for various productions and has been very helpful to independent theatre companies working on restricted budgets and is always ready to lend his support.

While at school in Escourt Jabulani Zwane became interested in theatre, dance and music. He moved to Durban in 1992 and got involved with community groups associated with the Stables Theatre. From 1995 to 1997, he was a trainee with The Playhouse Company’s Siwela Sonke training programme during which time he performed in the musicals The Wiz & Evita and participated in the Siwela Sonke’s touring programmes which included the UK and Germany. From 1997 to 1999 he toured centres in Asia and went to London with Thembi Nyandeni’s Umoja. On returning to Durban he became involved in the revitalisation of the Stables Theatre, working initially as voluntary manager until the theatre received funding from the province. He now holds the position of Administrative Co-ordinator, sits on the Stables Theatre board and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the venue.

Now an entertainment consultant, Thabani Ngubane worked with Themi Venturas for approximately 15 years, working at the Playhouse Company up to when Themi launched Themi Venturas Productions. He worked as a Technical Manager where he was responsible for the technical aspect in the company. He was responsible for the preparation of every technical aspect of a production for TVP as well as for the theatre. He also wrote and directed industrial theatre productions for the TV Company. In 2003 he started his own production company - Ingonyama Productions - where he co-ordinates functions as well as provide staging services.

In 1991, Vassie Moodley was engaged by the then Natal Performing Arts Council (now the Playhouse Company) as a researcher assisting Malcolm Woolfson, author of The Long Road (that led towards the Natal Playhouse). In 1992 she became assistant librarian for The Playhouse and was promoted to librarian in 1993. She has acted in that role ever since, totalling 12 years of dedicated service. Her commitment to her work has ensured that the history of the cultural community associated with The Playhouse has been preserved and maintained. This history is in extremely capable hands while she acts in this capacity.

Xolani Chris Majozi works as the PR Manager of the internationally acclaimed and award-winning K-CAP Alive Kids Positive Arts Company as well as its new Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre. He started with K-CAP in 1998 as a trainee PRO and has since then grown to become a respected marketing and promotions manager, handling all theatre productions produced by the K-CAP Alive Kids. This means travelling overseas to make arrangements for K-CAP’s tours, facilitating cultural exchange in theatre and promoting the Ekhaya Arts Centre as the vibrant performance venue in the community. He has been very successful in marketing and promoting K-CAP at home and abroad, and in this process has developed excellent skills as event co-ordinator. K-CAP has deployed him for the African Renaissance Festival every year, and Durban Africa’s Summer and Winter events.

The Durban Theatre Awards honours excellence within the industry but it is also designed to provide a free showcase for festive season productions. Among the productions represented was an excerpt featuring young Ekhaya trainees from Kwazi Senior Primary School in kwaMashu. They performed a section from the play We Are Children which will be presented at the Ishashalazi Theatre Festival at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in kwaMashu in December.

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) provided support funding for sponsorship from La Lucia Mall, Essenwood Craft Market and Troubadour Productions in the form of gift vouchers for the winners of the main Durban Theatre Awards.




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