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EAGER ARTISTS ANNIVERSARY (article first published : 2003-08-18)

The Eager Artists Theatre Company will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a gala evening in the Playhouse Grand Foyer on August 21.

Jerry Pooe and Ben Zungu formed Eager Artists in 1993, with Ben moving away from the entertainment industry two years later. Since that time, Jerry has run the company alone. Eager Artists’ vision is to use the performing arts to address issues and educate through entertainment. He has notched up some considerable successes such as Peace in the Valley, Ekhaya Poppie and Marabi Dance. More recently he collaborated with a company from the Netherlands in Free Birds, going on to stage Mine Hosts, Animal Farm and The Island.

Eager Artists has a good working relationship with a university in Buffalo, New York, and the company spends several months of the year performing and conducting workshops at this institution.

Currently in rehearsal is Dinizulu an epic operatic story of the life of King DiniZulu. Also in production is a Grade 12 poetry setwork titled Poetry: Our Lives which will tour schools shortly.

Eager Artists’ anniversary evening takes the form of a fund-raising event for the theatre company’s community projects. Appearing will be musicians Brian Thusi, Lex Futshane and Mndaweni. Tickets 100 include a three-course meal.

Organisations and companies are encouraged to buy tables of 10 and early booking is essential. Contact Futhi or Sma on 031 305 1624 or e-mail mbejesmaxi@absamail.co.za




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