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LAUNCH OF CHARLIE (article first published : 2008-01-7)

Multi-talented Durban writer / actor / director / producer / singer Hamish Kyd is about to launch his debut novel – Charlie – a poignant, colourful and uncompromising look at the tenacity and will to survive, despite all odds.

Charlene D’Olivera (or Charlie as she becomes) is a beautiful, intelligent, outspoken young woman growing up in Newlands East in the 80s and her astonishing life-affirming story of hope – surviving a nightmare journey into the underbelly of gang-warfare, drug-lords, blackmail and prostitution.

Hamish Kyd has created a visual landscape of triumph in a time of darkness, the need for love, redemption and family in a time of fear, power and wealth. He takes us into the heart of the dark-side of life as an impoverished youngster growing up in the suburbs of Durban where acceptance means gangs, and finding the true path is often the most seemingly impossible challenge.

Charlie is his first novel which gives us a rare literary glimpse into the realities of life in a contemporary Durban township. He reminds us of the power of relationships, trust, integrity and resolve. He lights a candle of moral conquest against a backdrop of greed and depravity.

As a parallel story to Charlie’s is that of her father, Kenny, and Charlie’s siblings – Candy and Tim and their journey along the bumpy showbiz path to stardom and fame.

Hamish Kyd is an experienced writer in the context of theatre, musicals and radio dramas, and now tests the waters of novel-writing. His style is racy, immediate and hard-hitting and is a significant read – especially for Durbanites who will recognise the geographical, political and historical landmarks. There are Quinton Tarantino-type bloodbaths alongside tender moments of compassion, friendship and joy.

Charlie will be launched at the opening of Motown Forever!, the story of Tyrone King and his take on the Motown era of history and its impact on a group of ouens from Wentworth – which runs at Catalina Theatre in Wilson’s Wharf from January 15 until February 17, 2008. The launch of Charlie is prior to the show on January 17.

For more information contact the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889.




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