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SPITFIRE: THE RETURN OF RED-I (article first published : 2007-02-26)

Directed by Libby Allen, Iain Robinson (AKA Creamy Ewok Baggends) presents a thought-provoking, often amusing innovative one man show in Spitfire: The Return of the Red-I. It is an astonishingly eloquent hip-hop rant showcasing Ewok’s impressive poetry and wise insight. In his own words: “Rhyming through the Madness.”

Libby Allen also directed Iain Robinson in his previous one-man slam poetry production, One Mind, One Mouth, One Mic.The piece debuted at PANSA's inaugural 2006 Musho International Festival of One and Two Person Plays.

Spitfire was one of the success stories to come out of PANSA’s Musho! festival in January. It won two awards: the runner up on the Main Festival audience vote and the inaugural Suliman Selection Award. It will be the first show of the New Year at Kwasuka Theatre.

Ewok acknowledges and utilises the art of the theatre to advance poetry and lyricism as a vibrant and dynamic medium of communication. Spitfire attempts to speak for the inner voice of any listener/spectator who wants to amplify their deepest thoughts the way only a microphone and a stage can.

“This show will flow from the ego of a Rapper to the insecurities of a middle-class white boy, will move between the confidence of a performer to the fears of an obvious outsider,” says Ewok.

Ewok and Libby Allen are two of the talented, passionate leaders of the new guard of emerging Durban theatre professionals who are in the process of giving the city’s theatre an injection of articulate new ideas, boundless energy and wisdom beyond their 20-something years.

They work together well as they share many of the same stories, battle with the same frustrations as performing artists and have similar philosophies. Their approach to performance and writing is also very similar. Libby particularly likes to work with the project creator in a role which merges directing, with script editing and in some instances co-writing.

After the highly-successful second Musho International Festival of One and Two Person Productions held recently, many of the festival participants have offered their skills and productions to the Kwasuka management to become an integral part of the programming, vision and activities of this quaint landmark theatre.

Kwasuka Theatre aims to be the home of cutting edge theatre in KZN and to showcase new and innovative performing arts of all genres with special focus on the creation of new South African works. Coupled to the performance programming, the theatre aims to develop theatre management and administration skills.

Spitfire: The Return of the Red-I will be the first show to be staged within the theatre’s new vision. It runs at Kwasuka Theatre from March 8 to 18 from Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 (Sundays at 18h00). Tickets R50 (R25 pensioners and students). To book call Thandeka on 031 305 6889.

Tickets are now also available online at www.strictlytickets.co.za or on www.catalinatheatre.co.za or www.goingplaces.co.za




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