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BORN THRU THE NOSE (article first published : 2007-09-28)

The Playhouse Company will present celebrated stage and screen actor Bheki Mkhwane in his acclaimed one-man stage production, Born Thru the Nose, in the Playhouse Loft from October 3 to 14. Bheki Mkhwane was a founder member of the former Loft Theatre Company and his return to the Playhouse stage with this production also marks a historic return to his professional roots.

Created and performed by Bheki, Born Thru the Nose won wide acclaim for its premiere performances in Grahamstown in 2005. It subsequently played to highly enthusiastic houses during its six-week Johannesburg run at the Market Theatre from January this year. Presented by an acknowledged and internationally accredited master of the stage, this virtuoso piece of theatre poses the thought that we have to find a balance between tradition and modern life values.

The play tells the story of Caiphus Majozi, a modern young man who has climbed the ladder of success in the new democratic South Africa. He is not your average affirmative action beneficiary, with the ideal MP3 and latest mobile, but a rising executive member of a successful business.

Caiphus is married to Carol, a woman all successful men would die for. The first blessing of their marriage is on the way, and everyone is excited. It is clear that for this modern couple, the future is rosy. But suddenly something happens that will threaten everything. Caiphus is thrown in at the deep end and caught between two worlds, the rich traditional world of his cultural heritage and the modern world of science.

“The piece stimulates our perceptions of ourselves as it looks at issues in our lives that affect us all, our past, as well as the present and the future,” explains Bheki Mkhwane. “From a performance standpoint, Born Thru the Nose poses tremendous challenges for me, as it puts to the test the whole gamut of skills I have developed over the years as an actor.”

Born Thru the Nose has public performances in the Playhouse Loft at 19h30 on October 3, 5, 6, 12 and 13 with Sunday matinees on October 7 and 14 at 15h00. Special schools performances are at 11h00 on October 4, 5, 10 and 11. Tickets R40 (R20 per pupil for schools performances). Book through Computicket or the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540/ 9596. For further information, call Playhouse Marketing on 031 369 9456.




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