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WINNERS OF NLDTF / PANSA FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY THEATRE (article first published : 2007-11-4)

The KZN Regional Finals of one of South Africa’s most dynamic writing competitions, the NLDTF / PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre Reading of New Writings, took place at the Kwasuka Cutting Edge Theatre on October 27 and 28, with Kobus Moolman’s poignant two hander, Stone Angel walking away with top prize.

The winners this weekend were: Best Writer as selected by the panelists, (winning a prize of R5,000) - Kobus Moolman for Stone Angel; Runner-up (winning a prize of R2,500) was iLobolo by Clinton Marius; The Audience Prize (winning R2,500) was unanimously won by Clinton Marius for his iLobolo and Best Director was Clare Mortimer (R2,000) for her work on Stone Angel.

The staged readings of these finalists coincided with matching festivals in Cape Town and Johannesburg and will conclude with a national final to be held in Durban. With a generous grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF),the festivals took place nationally with staged readings in the provinces that house PANSA’s three provincial offices; Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Winners from these regional festivals will represent each province in a final national festival to be presented in Durban on November 10 and 11 at the Kwasuka Cutting Edge Theatre.

The festival is one of the initiatives of PANSA (The Performing Arts Network of SA) – the civic association serving the needs of the performing arts community nationally and regionally. PANSA also co-ordinates the Musho Festival of One and Two hander plays every January at the Catalina and Kwasuka Theatres in Durban.

The judges for KZN are Tamar Meskin (drama dept: UKZN); Christa Biyela (drama dept: DUT) and Neil Coppen (actor/writer/film-maker).

The Durban flag will be carried into the finals by Kobus Moolman with Stone Angel. Clare Mortimer directs this compelling, lyrical and moody two-hander read by Josette Eales and Janna Ramos-Violante with additional vocal input from Ewok. Two enormously complex women are separated by more than a hundred years but have a connection between them. Part theatre “Biopic”, part historical drama and part ghost story, this script weaves stories of past and present together, and in so doing examines the interpretation of historical events which over time has become folklore and national myth. (The play is bilingual – written in English and Afrikaans)

There was a very positive response to the KZN weekend readings – with great audience support and lively debate between readings.

The three readings in the national finals over the weekend of November 10 and 11 at the Kwasuka Cutting Edge theatre will be followed by the adjudication, discussion and prize-giving. Entry is free and all are welcome!

For more information, contact the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889 or Scelo in the PANSA KZN offices (mornings only) on 031 309 5838, or PANSA KZN on pansakzn@polka.co.za




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