UKZN Students to Perform in Nongogo at Sneddon Theatre
UKZN Drama and Performance studies students have been cast in the acclaimed production Nongogo, by world-renowned playwright Athol Fugard, to be performed at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban from 3-6 October.
Durban playwright and actor Ms Philisiwe Twijnstra is directing the production which is the intriguing story of a woman in search of her dreams and herself. Set in a shebeen in contemporary South Africa, Nongogo/Queeny is a powerful woman who struggles to succeed in the face of the structural violence in the township she lives in.
‘Directing Nongogo has come at just the right time in our country,’ said Twijnstra. ‘Women in South Africa are on their bleeding knees. We all know women like Queeny - they are either dead, buried or relentlessly fighting to breathe. Nongogo is a play that mirrors South African reality, offering us questions that make us think about our existence and our purpose to heal and love through it all.’
Student Ms Lihle Ngubo - cast as the lead in Nongogo - considers the role ‘as a chance to show her skills on stage but to also bring the character to life.’
Ngubo said she was thrilled to work with Twijnstra, who she sees as a mentor.
Tickets, which cost R50 reducing to R25 for students and pensioners, will be available (cash payments only)at the Sneddon box office an hour before performances start which are at 19h00 from 3-5 October and at 15h00 on 6 October.
A discount of 10% is available for schools while block bookings are on offer.
For more information phone Sandile or Sibekezelo on 031- 260 3133 between 09h00 and 11h00 during the week.
Words: Melissa Mungroo
Photograph: Val Adamson