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ISIGCINO ESAMI MUSICAL (article first published : 2004-04-22)

From May 3 to 7, the Stable Theatre presents Isigcino Ngesami Musical a Zulu language setwork for grade 12 learners which has been adapted into a vibrant yet educational musical stage play, which runs for 80 minutes without intermission.

Award winning actor and up-coming director Skhumbuzo Nsele adapted and directed the musical fromSG Zuluís novel based on the romance between two university students, Thoko and Sfiso. When this man of her dreams, proposes marriage she is overjoyed and forgets the promise she made to her father. Thoko promised that she would not commit herself to getting married and leave the family before paying back the money he spent for her university fees. Thoko loses her mind and attempts suicide as her father refuses her to marry.

Skhumbuzo Nsele from Kwa Mashu has been seen in many productions such as Welcome Msomiís Umabatha and performed in most of Eager Artists performances such as Mine Ghosts, Free Birds, Animal Farm and industrial theatre performances. He has also been involved in a number of radio drama productions. He is currently playing in the popular Ukhozi FM radio drama Maluju MaAfrica as Mancane.

A former community radio station Ė Izwi Lomzansi Ė announcer, Skhumbuzo Nsele won the Best New Actor Award at the Durban Theatre Awards in December 2003.

The show features a talented cast of 10 young artists from Durban and surrounding areas. In the male and female leads are Mxolisi Nyashenge (Sfiso), Sbusisiwe Ngubane (Thoko) and Khathide Ngobe a popular Ukhozi FMís Sigiya Ngengoma announcer as Mshengu.

The Stable Theatre fully supports the staging of this yearís production with stage props from the Playhouse Company and set design by Irek Karamon.

There will be a special performance for Zulu language educators and head of departments (HODs) on April 28 at 13h00 as well as public performances on April 29 at 13h00 and April 30 at 17h00.

Schools performances take place from May 3 to 7 with two performances daily, at 10h00 and 13h00. Tickets R15. More information and bookings from the Stable Theatre on 031 309 2513 or call/sms Sma on 083 5111 407 or email mbejesmaxi@absamail.co.za




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