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NEW DIRECTORS (article first published : 2008-04-19)

New Directors is a short , lively season of six half-hour plays directed by the UKZN PMB Honours students in Drama and Performance Studies to run in the Hexagon Studio Theatre in Pietermaritzburg.

Plays range from Anton Chekov's The Bear, described by its director Caitlin Kilburn as "a hilarious tale of money , love and vodka", to Tinned Spaghetti, a new comedy devised by its director Cara Monroe that gives a new meaning to the expression "falling for someone".

There are two plays concerned with the relationships between employers and domestic workers: Snethemba Makanya has adapted a short story, Stella, Sheila and Sophie by Sindiwe Magona, which shows what maids get up to when the 'medems' are away. Mlondi Zondi gives audiences a chance to see Tamantha Hammerschlag's play Backpay in which Mina, confused, visits her old nanny and finds that 'what we choose to remember is never how things are'.

Finally there are two short plays by Paul Slabolepszy: Mooi Street Moves about a farm boy caught up in world of gangsters, girls and shady deals in Hillbrow and Over the Hill, the macho satire set in a 1985 rugby changing room. These are directed by Ilanie Nel and Julie Graham respectively.

Performances will take place on April 23 and 24 at 14h00 and 18h00 at the Hexagon Studio Theatre in Pietermaritzburg. There are three shows per timeslot. Tickets R25 (R15 students) available at the door.

Check starting times on 033 260 5537 as the theatre may be affected by loadshedding




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