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COLLIN NHLUMAYO (article first published : 2002-07-25)

Collin Nhlumayo, well-known Durban actor and playwright, died suddenly this afternoon at his home.

Collin’s involvement with theatre in the city goes back many years to the time when he worked with Kessie Govender at the Stable Theatre and made movies with Cheryl Johnson. He also appeared in the Napac production of Maru directed by Walter Chakela.

For the past ten years since the days when he joined NAPAC’s (now the Playhouse Company) Kwasa theatre group, he has worked closely with Themi Venturas.

“After joining Kwasa he found a new lease in life,” says Themi. “He wrote and directed the very successful musical Skwiza and as an actor he was quite sought after for his comic ability. As a playwright he was highly regarded and he has written countless industrial theatre scripts for me.

“He had just completed the first draft of a script for the Kosi Bay education project where we’ve been helping the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Authority to train people in the Kosi Bay area with a view to creating tourism theatre. It was titled The Kosi Story and we were due to have meetings tomorrow to discuss it. I am devastated by his death. It’s a huge talent gone.”




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