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A COLOURED PLACE (article first published : 2002-09-8)

The critically acclaimed dramatic production, A Coloured Place will play at Kwasuka Theatre for one week only from September 17 to 22. Although the play explores the stereotypes of "coloured" identity and the realities often concealed by these stereotypes, it is a witty, warm and compassionate celebration of life, animated by fine performances from talented local actress Crystal Tryon. Nominated for a Vita Award in Johannesburg for her performance, she has also performed in numerous musical productions including Mercury Rising, Evita and Spicy Chicks.

Joining this effervescent singer and actress on stage will be the popular TV presenter of Geraas, Esmeralda Bihl, also nominated for the FNB Vita Award for her role in A Coloured Place when it played in Gauteng. Ms Bihl has also appeared in several TV dramas including Generations and Justice for All.

The show is a thought provoking play which won several FNB Vita awards this year for comedy and is about finding our own identities, with specific reference to the coloured community. Although the play explores serious issues, it's a lively and often very funny celebration of life, as coloured women talk about how they feel about their husbands, their lovers and the children and most of all about themselves.

Tryon and Bihl switch effortlessly on stage from role to role, being by turn a little girl afraid of having her hair straightened, a drunken bag lady and a young woman trying to reach out to her abused mother. Written by Malika Lueen Ndlovu, who said it "was written firstly to honour, in some small way, those 'mixed-therefore-historically-invisible’ people, who shared my birthplace (Durban) and for all those South Africans who inherited the racial classification "coloured" in its many varied strains."

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