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IZINGANEKWANE STORY THEATRE (article first published : 2002-11-17)

With families, youngsters and summer holidays firmly in mind, the award-winning Actors Co-operative theatre company has come up with exciting ways to entertain young Durban theatre audiences.

Using timeless African tales as a solid base, the Co-op has devised Izinganekwane Story Theatre, a funny, fast-moving comedy offering a maximum of high energy theatricks for kids whilst still delighting mums and dads and older members of the family.

Izingankwane Story Theatre has been cleverly written by wackily interweaving the original stories on which the Brer Rabbit fables were based into a play that promises to keep modern youngsters glued to their seats.

“The old Brer Rabbit yarns were first related to children around ancient African firesides before being unceremoniously yanked across the Atlantic by heartless European slave traders, where they eventually became integrated into Negro folklore by forlorn African slaves torn from their motherland to the cotton plantations of the American Deep South,” says director Garth Anderson.

The stars of the show are Mpume Mtombeni and Rowan Bartlett. Both experienced children’s theatre performers, they make a perfect pair, having teamed up earlier this year to present Healthy, Happy and Hip, an educational puppet theatre programme that delighted literally thousands of KZN children.

Rowan and Mpume discover new skills as they bring to life Nogwacha the wily but loveable rabbit and his friends Khonde the baboon, Nkawana the little monkey, Ngwenya the baby crocodile, and a whole host of fun characters from the African bush.

Garth Anderson’s previous work includes the evergreen The Minerva Children, as well as A Doggy’s Tale and Tales From The Brothers Grimm, all of which have enjoyed sell-out Festive Season runs in various venues around the city and the province.

Izinganekwane Story Theatre is aimed primarily at youngsters aged 12 and under, and previews at Kwasuka Theatre on December 6 at 11h00 with performances scheduled daily at 11h00 (except Mondays) until December 21. Refreshments will be available before the show and there is safe parking.

Tickets R35 (R25 children and pensioners) available at the door or by phoning the Actors Co-operative on 031 462 0566 or Garth on 083 439 1532.




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