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LALELA (article first published : 2003-11-11)

Durbanís Eager Artists Theatre Company headed by South African playwright Jerry Pooe is back on the Durban theatre scenes with his new work Lalela Musical. The show is a collaboration of Durban directors and choreographers Jerry Pooe (scriptwriter and director), Boyzie Cekwane on choreography, Madala Kunene and Patty Nokwe on the musical side.

It opens on November 25 at the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre for a short season.

Lalela is a Southern Africa musical dealing with the importance of the relationship between human, nature and animals. This is a colourful celebration of life and the beauty of Africa. The play itself is a call to people to live peacefully, it also reminds them of their culture and heritage. It is the blowing of the horn for the rebirth of Africa, a call for Africa to celebrate its pride.

This is a three year project funded by National Arts Council with support from DIT Drama Studies where young Eager Artists are trained to perform indigenous instruments by masters of different instruments under the leadership of Patti Nokwe and Madala Kunene. Choreography is by Boysie Cekwane, Sbo of Phenduka dance company, Vusabantu Ngema, Thomas Mpoeleng and Jabulani Mfeka.

The future of the project sees a performance at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2004 and an American tour from November 2004 to January 2005.

Performances of Lalela will take place from November 25 to December 6 at 19h00 with Sunday shows at 18h00. Tickets R35 (R20 students). There will be a discount for block bookings. More information and bookings from Eager Artists on 031 305 1624.




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