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THE TAXI JAM EXPERIENCE (article first published : 2005-06-28)

The Catalina Youth Mentorship programme revisits the watershed original Durban musical, Taxi Jam, in its latest production Ė The Taxi Jam Experience - which comes to the Catalina theatre over the winter school holidays opening on June 28.

Taxi Jam was a smash hit when it was created by and for the Kwasa Project Ė the then-NAPACís inaugural outreach community development and internship programme headed by Catalina Theatre director, Themi Venturas. This production uses the original musical as a starting point and the cast have created a new production inspired by and paying tribute to the original Ė but telling the original story from their own contemporary perspectives.

The Taxi Jam Experience follows on from the previous youthful productions staged by the Catalina Youth Mentorship programme which has been mentoring young talent successfully for virtually three years. Last January the programme staged their new work Wherz it @ which had a short run at the Catalina. This was followed by the ever-popular Dahlings which was the culmination of the theatre for young people training module, and Hello Iím Ten which was focused on ten years of Democracy.

The Catalina Theatre Mentorship programme runs 16 week modules training and exposing the youth of Durban in all aspects of the performing arts as part of the ongoing development programme of The Catalina Theatre. Potential candidates are auditioned before commencing a 16 week training module culminating in a production. The last module which was funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy was specifically a creative writing module and the students were mentored by a variety of Durban writers and theatre specialists and the result was Rush-in Ru-let.

The Taxi Jam Experience runs at Catalina Theatre, Wilsonís Wharf, from June 28 to July 3 with performances daily at 10h00. Tickets R25 throughout booked on 031 305 6889.




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