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PLAYHOUSE DOUBLE BILL (article first published : 2005-03-1)

Amagama Amathatu and Genesis – After the Storm form part of the Playhouse Company’s exciting Senior Primary Schools programme, from February 28 to March 11.

The latest educational production from Arlecchino’s, this AIDS awareness presentation features the Durban City Dance Company (dcdc), a professional schools educative dance company.

Amagama Amathatu – a popular euphemism for H.I.V – is directed by Gisele Turner and Wendy Nell and performed by two well-known local actors: T-bone Hlahane and Mpume Mthombene, and a cast of ten large hand-crafted rod puppets created by Wendy Nell. The script is in isiZulu and English. Taking real-life stories as its inspiration, Amagama Amathatu focuses on the many issues that arise in communities as a result of AIDS. These include financial problems, child-headed households and loss of family breadwinners. It deals with prevailing myths and gender issues and through the stories shows various attitudes towards the disease.

The production is presented in a lively dramatic way, with song and rap interspersed between the moving life-dramas, with a wide range of easily identifiable characters. This vibrant and exciting production is geared to change attitudes and empower young people to make the right choices to ensure their futures.

Genesis - After the Storm, directed by well-known Durban dancer and choreographer, Quinton Ribbonaar, is an enchanting tale of discovery and growth. The production follows the journey of a young girl as she sets out to find the end of the rainbow. Her journey takes her far and wide, crossing many rivers, valleys and cities in search of her dreams. On her way she encounters many interesting people and places, and learns respect for people who are different from herself.

Set to music of Miriam Makeba, the Soweto String Quartet and Johnny Clegg, this production will enthrall, entertain and educate young audiences about tolerance and mutual respect. It looks at the journey the youth undertake as they discover not the rainbow at the end of their journey into adulthood, but rather, a rainbow nation.

dcdc is an educational dance company committed to the development and empowerment of learners across KwaZulu-Natal.

Performances of Amagama Amathatu and Genesis - After The Storm take place from February 28 to March 11 at March 2005 @ 11h00.

Tickets R15 per scholar (one teacher per 30 pupils admitted free). Further information and bookings on 031 369 9555 as soon as possible – space is limited!

Review to follow shortly




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