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TIN BUCKET DRUM (article first published : 2007-04-11)

Weaving together elements of magical realism, shadow play, mime and live percussion, Tin Bucket Drum gives a fresh twist to the traditional conventions of African story telling which comes to the Kwasuka Theatre in Greyville, Durban, from April 17 to 29.

Masterfully told by Ntando Cele with the percussive support of Wake Mahlobo, Tin Bucket Drum follows the story of Nomvula - the Little Drummer Girl. Born into a silent dictatorship with a revolutionary heart-beat. It doesn’t take long before she is singled out by the authorities as a 'weapon of mass disturbance' and banished to the great wells out the outskirts of the town. Now she must fight back to claim her rightful place in the community and lift the drought that cripples her village. Armed with a tin bucket and pair of drumsticks, will Nomvula manage to break the silence for once and for all?

Tin Bucket Drum in its close and minutely explored world, takes a broad swipe at age old global systems of restriction enforced for personal gain by those in power, and the way these restrictions affect the man on the ground. It also looks, rather optimistically at the power of creativity.

Critically acclaimed with standing ovations at the Grahamstown, Hilton Arts festival and Musho festival. Winning the Audience Vote for Best Production at Musho 2007. Directed by Karen Logan, written and designed by Neil Coppen, Tin Bucket Drum features Ntando Cele with percussive support from Wake Mahlobo. Costume design is by Rosanne Immerman and lighting design by Mike Broderick.

Tin Bucket Drum is presented by Think Theatre Productions at Kwasuka Cutting Edge Theatre from April 17 to 29 from Tuesdays until Saturdays at 20h00 and Sunday at 18h00.

Tickets R50 (R25 students and pensioners) now available online at www.strictlytickets.co.za or at www.catalinatheatre.co.za or at www.goingplaces.co.za Buy One Get One Free on April 13, 14 and 15.

Tickets R50 (R25 students and pensioners) now available online at www.strictlytickets.co.za or at www.catalinatheatre.co.za or at www.goingplaces.co.za Buy One Get One Free on April 13, 14 and 15.




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