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SA PLAYS IN LONDON (article first published : 2006-05-9)

In May, the Oval House Theatre, London launches its Southern African Season - six months of work investigating the culture, politics, art and artists of one of the world's most culturally vibrant regions. Oval House Theatre is a theatre and arts centre based in Kennington, South London. It is committed to developing emerging artists and new productions, and providing education programmes for young people and local communities.

The season opens with a festival of staged readings called Diamonds in the Rough from May 7 to 13 when five new South African plays will be staged.

Peter Krummeck's iVirgin Boy, winner of the 2005 NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre Readings - Drama, directed by Mark McGann; Groundswell by Ian Bruce, winner of the Fleur du Cap Award for Best New Script 2005, director to be confirmed; Madiba Street which forms part of the double bill, Three Dozen Roses, by Hans Pienaar, winner of the 2005 NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre Readings - one- and two-hander plays, directed by Janet Suzman; Salaam by Ashraf Johaardien, directed by Neville Engelbrecht and Green Man Flashing, winner of the 2003 PANSA Festival of Reading of New Writing, by Mike van Graan, directed by Amy Bonsall.

The readings will be rehearsed over a three-day period at Oval House, and performed in the Theatre Upstairs on the evening of the third day. There will also be post-show discussions with John Kani, Artistic Director of London Young Vic Theatre and Cape-born David Lan, Janet Suzman, Dorothy Ann Gould and Mark McGann, along with the company of actors of each piece.

Mike van Graan's Some Mothers' Sons, the Jury Runner-Up and Audience winner at the 2005 NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre Readings - Drama, will have a full-scale outing at Oval House from May 10 to 27.

"This season is crucial to our cultural dialogue in multicultural Britain" says Ben Evans, Theatre Programmer, Oval House. "We're living in one of the most diverse and thrillingly uncertain periods in human history. Some Mothers' Sons, is a classic example of human beings shaped during the apartheid era, now dealing with the challenges of a society admired for its political and economic progress."

The British Council has entered into a partnership with the Performing Arts Network of SA (PANSA) to promote new SA writing in the UK, hopefully a relationship that will continue over three years. Some of the funding from the British Council will be used to cover the development of a database of London-based people to whom to market the staged readings and productions.

More information from PANSA on 011 492 3211 or e-mail: pansa@artslink.co.za




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