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THULASIZWE (article first published : 2005-06-7)

An exciting new stage musical entitled ThulaSizwe (Be Still, My People), performed in IsiZulu and English, will have a brief season at The Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg with performances on June 17 and 18 at 19h00 with a matinee on June 18 at 14h30.

This vibrant piece of community theatre recently wowed audiences during its debut in the Market Theatre's Laboratory season in Gauteng. Such was its success that it has been invited to return to the Market in September prior to being presented in Durban during October.

Created at Gods Golden Acre in Cato Ridge, the production is scripted by Heather Reynolds and has been directed and choreographed by KZN dance luminary, Thulebona Mzizi. Deploying a winning combination of song and dance, the show draws on the considerable talents of locally based artists around Cato Ridge.

ThulaSizwe tells the story of royal siblings, Nozizwe and her brother Sizwe, who are abused by a regent, Mzonjane, who is in power until Sizwe reaches his maturity. Mzonjane forces himself on Nozizwe and she becomes pregnant. Sizwe is sent to live with his Uncle Mchunu in Johannesburg as the elders are afraid Mzonjane will kill him.

With its unflagging action and swift changes of mood, ThulaSizwe is a provocative play highlighting themes that crucially affect the lives of people in contemporary society. It makes a powerful and memorable statement, touching on hard-core issues such as corruption and HIV Aids, while telling a story of survival, both spiritual and physical.

Through music and dance, the cast shows South Africa as a country with many issues but a future full of hope and dreams.

Leading roles are played by Phakamile Shezi (Nozizwe), Smilo Cele (Uncle Mchunu). Sizwe Mkhize (Mzonjane), and Siphiwe Mngadi (Prince Sizwe). Others cast members include Sbusiso Khanyile, Mchunu, Siyabonga Cele, Thulile Kweyama, Malungiselelo Ntinga, Balungile Sithole, Nonzuzo Mkhize, and Nkosiyezwe Mbanjwa.

Tickets R20 at the Hexagon Box Office. Proceeds will go towards supporting Aids orphans at Gods Golden Acre. To book call 033 260 5537.




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