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THE STRONG BREED (article first published : 2003-11-4)

Eager Artists Theatre Company presents The Strong Breed a powerful drama written by Wole Soyinka, Noble Peace Prize winner and one of Africa’s most well-known playwrights. The play has been reworked and directed by new actor/director Wesley Woolf, a final year student of DIT drama department.

The Strong Breed is a searching re-interpretation of Wole Soyinka`s original script confronting the importance of ritual and cultural values in this chilling tale of a man who has decided to run away from the traditions of his own village. Fate catches up with him in the end and the final image of his tragic demise is burnt into memory as a culmination of all his previous evasions.

“I believe that at this point in time Africa is becoming a new place, where “city” people (African People) are exposed to different things, from Yoga, Zen-Bhuddism even Chinese food!” says director Wesley. “This African story gains in its universal appeal by the integration of world-wide myths and basic images crying out to the humanity in each and every audience member” adds Wesley.

The play is produced by Eager Artists under the artistic direction of Word Thought Asylum, a new theatre company launching its first production. It is intent on finding “freshness” in the African classics by deconstructing them and re-building them. The essential image is sought. This play is carried by the energy of a committed cast of nine artists headed by Sthembiso Blose and Cindy Cele.

The show takes place at the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre at the University of Natal, Durban, on November 6 and 8 at 19h00 and November 9 at 18h00. Tickets R20 at the door. Bookings and enquiries on 031 305 1624.




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