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MAIN OUíS (article first published : 2007-06-16)

The Bruin Ouís are the Main Ouís in a double bill of two one act comedy-plays starring Hamish Kyd and Gail Snyman Ė packaged as Main Ouís - which begins to explore issues of identity and what it means to be a Coloured person in Durban. The production opens at Catalina Theatre on June 26.

Hamish Kyd and Gail Snyman are two veteran Durban theatre personalities and community activists who have previously staged work which focuses on issues and identity with specific reference to Durbanís Coloured community.

They will stage re-worked versions of two one-hander productions. Hamish reprises his Knowing You, Knowing Me Ė which premiered at this yearís Musho theatre festival in January, and Gail revives her With Tears in my Navy Blue Eyes.

Written and performed by Hamish Kyd, Knowing You, Knowing Me is a poignant comedy which looks at an important chapter in the life of Lenny Stalk. His son, Otis Stalk, is a final year fashion design student. His dad, Lenny, is welder and self made man. When Otis decides it is time to come out of the closet, Lenny does all he can to ďun-gayĒ his son.

In 1997, Snyman won a Mayorís Award for tourism for her novel tourism concept Ė The Coloured Experience providing visitors with an opportunity to visit areas not previously included in their itineraries. She has participated in the Playhouse Womenís Art Festival in 1994 and the BAT Centre Adamsí Playwright festival in With Tears in my Navy Blue Eyes and she has toured UK, Canada and Australia with the production. Based on her own experiences in Wentworth and Merebank and the extraordinary stories of her youth, the piece offers insight into South Africa township life over the last 40 years based. It is a vignette encapsulating the emotional, psychological and physical experiences of women in these communities.

Main Ouís runs from Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 (Sunday at 18h00) from June 26 to July 8 at Catalina Theatre. Tickets R60 (R30 pensioners and students) with Buy one get one free promotions on June 26 every Sunday.

For more information or to book, contact the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889.




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