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ONE FOR THE ROAD (article first published : 2005-09-24)

Harold Pinter’s One for the Road is a frightening study of a political torture set in an unnamed police state, where three members of a family (whose crime is never revealed) already beaten into numbered submission are interrogated individually by the head of secret police (Nicholas) while he pours and consumes numerous whiskies.

Directed by Pascar Dube, a Durban production of One for the Road that played the Stable Theatre and features an all-student cast, has been invited to perform at the MACUFE Festival. The cast of six includes Durban Institute of Technology students Sdumo Mtshali as Nicholas, with Simphiwe Madlala, Bhekani Biyela, Simphiwe Ngidi and Busi Mgabhi. Also in the cast is Mpumzi Swana, a grade 11 learner from George Campbell Technical High School.

“The play reflects our past history in South Africa” says Pascar Dube. “It depicts the violence of the apartheid government and the propaganda used to those who were in power. The abuse happens on every level on this destructive work, emotionally, psychologically and physically. In our own history we associate assassinations of Mr and Mrs Griffith Mxenge, Matthew Goniwe, Steve Biko, Mrs Slovo and many other political activists because of their opposition”.

One for the Road will appear on the MACUFE Festival at the Workshop Theatre in Bloemfontein with performances from September 30 at 19h30 until October 3.

Durban-born Pascar Dube is currently doing his Higher Certificate in Directing the NQF Level Four with Create SA and Eager Artists. He began his theatre involvement in 1995, attending the Step Into Dance classes with The Playhouse Company. He also performed in the Reach Out Dance Project and the FNB Vita Dance Shongololo, in 1997. In November 2004, Pascar graduated from the Durban Institute of Technology with a National Diploma in Drama and has performed in numerous theatre productions such as Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Run for Cover and Nunsense. He also appeared in The City Scape, Medea, Edge, Now Or Never Live-in Concert, Jomba Festival and Dance Umbrella Festival in Johannesburg.




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