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NEW MANAGEMENT FOR KWASUKA (article first published : 2006-01-15)

The quaint Kwasuka theatre in Durban’s Greyville is under new management with Themi Venturas taking over as Director with immediate effect. (See previous article)

This much loved 100-seater venue has been the home of the KickstArt production company since July 2003 under the excellent artistic vision of Greg King and a collective of some of the city’s top performing talent. Greg was also the venue’s manager taking responsibility for the running and maintaining of the venue.

KickstArt – under the creative leadership of Greg King and Steven Stead - has staged an impressive line-up of some varied and awesome productions which have won a fist-full of awards and critical acclaim.

Catalina Theatre boss, respected theatre administrator, performer and KZN PANSA Chairperson (Performing Arts Network of SA, KZN Chapter) Themi Venturas has taken over as Kwasuka Theatre Director and will be responsible for the administration of the building and the running of the theatre. Themi will continue to run the Catalina Theatre as well as the Kwasuka focusing on the administration of the two buildings and the scheduling of events and productions to take place in them both.

The proactive theatre community who have been integral in the running of the Kwasuka theatre thus far will continue to do so. In particular, Durban theatre luminaries Darren King, Clare Mortimer and Bryan Hiles will continue to be actively involved in projects at the Kwasuka.

It is anticipated that the offices of the Performing Arts Network of SA will move to the Kwasuka allowing the vital lobbying and theatre industry work to continue to run in a theatre context which will afford the PANSA interns a first-hand valuable learning experience of being part of a theatre infrastructure.

Among projects planned for the new year will be a focus on young audiences. Productions for families and children in particular are being considered. Kwasuka wants to play an active role in nurturing a love of theatre among children and to this end anticipates running drama classes, development projects and youth programmes.

The theatre was the realisation of a dream for respected Drama Professor, author and playwright Professor Pieter Scholtz who started the theatre, leasing it from the Methodist Church and converting the delightful old church building into the intimate theatre that it has become. Three years ago, Pieter Scholtz handed over the reins to Greg King to allow him more time to focus on his writing and spend time abroad. Pieter Scholtz is delighted to now have colleague Themi Venturas as Director of the Kwasuka.

“We are very excited about the new year at the Kwasuka,” says Themi Venturas. “We look forward to a creative partnership with KickstArt and look forward to seeing some exciting and challenging works being staged here. I am looking forward to the creative input from colleagues in the theatre industry and trust that we can jointly create a vibrant, busy theatre space staging productions of the highest standard while offering a busy programme of classes, workshops, services and cross-genre projects.”

The venue has enjoyed an exceptionally busy few months – the delicious double bill Art and Boston Marriage, followed by the staging the dark Gothic horror piece Dracula; their festive season family panto Snow White and Seven Dwarves and now the Musho! Theatre Festival.

Musho – Zulu for “Bravo!” - is the first ever Durban International One Person and Two Person theatre festival. Hosted by PANSA KZN (Performing Arts Network of SA), it is being be held jointly at the Kwasuka and Catalina theatres until January 22.

The festival is showcasing the most innovative, interesting, articulate, sophisticated and cutting edge theatre available currently and is a real feast of contemporary and acclaimed works. At the conclusion of Musho! – Kwasuka theatre will have a well deserved period of housekeeping, maintenance and refurbishment before embarking on an exciting new year.

The full The Musho! Festival programme and details of shows are available at www.mushofestival.co.za or phone the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889.




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