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BLACKS LIKE ME (article first published : 2004-10-6)

As an artist, Durban based playwright, actor and producer Aldo Brincat has chosen to contribute to South Africa’s celebrations with a new and original play, Blacks Like Me.

Aldo has joined forces with arts, heritage and culture consultant Ntuthuko Khuzwayo to form East Coast Productions. Blacks Like Me is their flagship production of which Ntuthuko is also the Associate Director.

"We want to establish a body of work and a pocket of theatre practitioners who come from this region. There is a vast history especially about Durban, of which I am ignorant. I have found working with Ntuthuko to be the most inspiring and refreshing influence in recent years. I could not have done this project without him," says Brincat.

The play features the fine performance talents of Ndumiso Dlamini and Siyabonga Radebe. Billed as a drama with subtle strokes of humour, Aldo has chosen to explore themes of Freedom, and uses South Africa's labour force as his situation.

"Freedom is surely an attitude, an accessible human condition,” he says. “As a self-employed working man, husband and father, I wished to explore the lot of all working men, specifically those most dispensable: Labour. The play speaks to bosses, business owners and employees without making any judgments. Rather the play is an invitation to people at all levels and in all structures of employment, to examine their lot in life; and perhaps to do one little thing that will alter or elevate their eventual working and living conditions for the better."

"The production style is inspired by the ‘80s international smash hit Woza Albert,” he adds. “Out of respect for that amazing theatre work and all that it inspired, I have chosen that the performances are very similar in energy and style. In a way this is Woza Albert Part Two".

The play deals with two men who work in a non descript factory. One is about to retire after 35 years of uninterrupted service, while the other, a young man, is exploring his options and what the New South Africa can offer him. An inspiring and moving relationship develops between the two.

Blacks Like Me runs from October 12 to 30, Tuesdays to Saturdays, at 19h30 at Kwasuka Theatre in Stamford Hill Road. Booking is at Computicket. Tickets R50 (R25 concessions) also available at the door.

Daily morning performances are also available for senior school students at discounted rates. To book call Aldo on 082 823 1602.




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