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NOMALIZO (article first published : 2000-08-21)

Nomalizo, the crowd-pleasing story of the true love between a warrior and a beautiful lady held apart by the forces of royalty, is set to draw audiences when it returns to the BAT Centre for three performances.

Written and directed by Bonginkosi Shangase, Nomalizo explores the trials and tribulations caused by the enigmatic phenomena of true love. Set in KZN, the play deals with the conflict between a king and a warrior and a beautiful woman called Nomalizo. Nomalizo is passionately in love with the valiant warrior Mayeza but the King is wildly in love with her. Caught between duty and passion, she is forced to marry the king.

One day, Nomalizo confesses to the king where her true affections lie. Enraged, he orders Mayeza dead at which point Nomalizo chooses to pay the ultimate sacrifice and die with her fiancÚ. Witchdoctors, sangomas, warriors, and Zulu dancers all add to the magical energy of this theatrical presentation of song, dance and poetry.

Nomalizo enjoyed critical acclaim during its two previous runs at the BAT and has been performed elsewhere in Durban and throughout South Africa. It is produced by the Ubuhle Be-Afrika Theatre Project. Established in January 1997, it aims to reduce the crime rate by empowering youth and helping them discover how they can use their artistic talents to contribute positively to society and gain employment in the process.

Nomalizo will have performances in the BAT Hall on September 8 at 11h00 and 18h00 and on September 9 at 15h00. Tickets R20 (R10 for block bookings and children) available the BAT Centre. More details from (031) 332-0451.




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