Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Holiday Edition 28 December 2011

Greetings Readers.

Hope you are enjoying your holidays.

Coming up soon is the Festival of Reading New Writing.  Have you entered?

5th NLDTF / PANSA Festival of Reading New Writing: 13 january 2012 (CT, Dbn, Jhb) 
The fifth PANSA Festival of Reading of New Writing will be held in April 2012. The deadline for entries is Friday January 13, 2012.

The aims of the Festival are to generate original South African theatre works, to provide a platform for these works to reach the attention of theatre producers, and to work towards full-scale productions of the winning plays. An important component of the Festival is the discussions following the reading of each work, to encourage constructive feedback, and the debate around theatre aesthetics, functions and forms. The winning scripts in each region are re-read in the national final and are up for a Grand Prize of
R30 000.

The festivals have been a resounding success in previous years with most of the winning scripts (and numerous of those not winning as well) going on to full scale productions at a variety of theatres and festivals, both locally and internationally. Winning plays include, Salaam Stories by Ashraf Johaardien, Bungi writing finals by Finuala Dowling, Guy Willoughby’s Church Full of Light, and Mike van Graan’s Green Man Flashing and Two to Tango. More recent winners Kobus Moolman’s Stone Angel and Nicholas Spagnoletti’s London Road (Jury Runner up winner 2007) are still currently enjoying runs on the local circuit.

The scripts should be entered in one of the following categories: Comedy, Drama, 1 / 2 Hander. A panel of judges will select the five best scripts for participation in each regional Festival. Each of the selected scripts will be given a basic subsidy to fund reading rehearsals and S&T as required. The Festival will be open to writers throughout South Africa.

The basic criteria for participation are:
· All PANSA paid-up members may submit for free
· Non-PANSA paid up members will incur a R200 entry fee
· the work must be an original work
· the play must not have been published or performed before
· PANSA would have first option on producing and publishing the play (selected works may be published in a collection)
· plays should be between 70 minutes and 90 minutes long to ensure the possibility of a full-scale professional production
· there should be a maximum of 8 actors
· English should be the primary language of the play

Scripts must be typed, loose-leaf and have all pages numbered. Please include a cover page with all contact details and title of the play.

Submissions must be sent to PANSA National Office at Postnet Suite 237, Private Bag X18, Rondebosch, 7701, Cape Town by FRIDAY JANUARY 13, 2012.

Hand written submissions and those that arrive after the submission date, will not be accepted.

Writers will be notified of the outcomes by the end of February 2012. All enquiries to 021 448 3513

Enjoy that Holiday and have a wonderful New Year.

From The Staff at Umhlanga Life

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

20 December 2011 - Auditions For Actress in Durban

Greetings dear readers.

This week we have a audition for actresses in the Durban Area.

Audtion for actresses for part of Belle in Beauty and the Beast email 
Steven Stead of Kickstart to book a time email on
Auditions Fri 6 Jan 2012 between 10am and 1pm at
Playhouse Mayville Complex in Room M1
Prepare the song Home from the musical and one other song.
Looking for Professional actresses between 20 and 30 years old.
Bring backing tracks or sheet music.

Enjoy the holidays.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

15 December 2011 - Mush Festival Coming Up

Good day Dear Readers.

Coming up is the Musho Festival. Looks like a wonderful line up of Theatre and
a Masterclass for Actors.

Catalina theatre, Wilson’s Wharf: 11 – 15 January

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) in KZN will be hosting the seventh Musho International Theatre Festival of One and Two Person Theatre, at the Catalina Theatre in Durban from 11 – 15 January 2012 featuring 16 productions over five days, all celebrating the art of the one and two-performer plays,

Musho – Zulu for an enthusiastic praise response, something similar to “Bravo!” - embraces all accepted forms of theatre: from mime to physical theatre, drama to comedy-theatre. It pays tribute to the smaller works featuring one and two performers.

After extensive research, PANSA realized that a festival early in the year staging more intimate theatrical productions is considered a useful and exciting start to the year by performers and audiences alike. Musho benefits the performers as staging their shows and collecting reviews early in the year helps them for future seasons of the production through the year. The audiences love seeing an array of fabulous theatre early in the year when calendars are quiet and when the festive flurry is over. 

“The first six festivals held in January annually from 2006 were astonishingly inspiring and successful with some fabulous productions and amazing support,” says Musho Festival Director, Emma Durden.

These are intimate productions that showcase the skill of theatre performance and storytelling, as well as covering a wide range of styles, from drama to comedy and physical theatre. 

This year’s festival line-up includes works by Dutch, South African and Indian performers, including the wonderful physical theatre show "Les Pigeons", the surfing spectacular "Bru", the tsotsi-story "Meet Bra Two-six" and the hit hip-hop show "Big Boys Don't Dance". 

The festival includes six Twist Theatre Development Project shows written and directed by award-winning theatre-makers such as Zwai Mgigima, Amy Jephta, Themi Venturas, Jerry Pooe and Neil Coppen. 

The festival is organised by PANSA KZN, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa, with support from The Daily News, Ethekwini Municipality, the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

The Musho Festival runs from Wednesday 11 January 2012 until Sunday 15 January 2012 at the Catalina Theatre on Wilson's Wharf in Durban. 
Show times are 8 pm on week-days and 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm on weekends. The children's show is at 10 am on Saturday 14 January.

CONTACT DETAILS: For more details about the festival, you can visit the website on or email For bookings, show times and details contact the Catalina Theatre on 031-3056889.


The moving story of two young men who make the difficult decision to leave their families and go into exile. After the reach the border they realise that things are not what they seem and the struggle is almost over. When they return home, their paths diverge and while one man seems to fall into a life of luck, the other is left wondering what passed him by. "Passionate, energetic delivery of a poignant story" Cue.
Performed by Bheki Khabela and Bhekani Shablala, and created with Sduduzo Kawula. 55 minutes. Age 14 and up. 
Wednesday 11 January, 8 pm 


A political satire inspired by the rise and fall of Brett Kebble, a New South African randlord of mythic proportions, who proved to be one of our most formidable fraudsters, and orchestrated his own murder. The performance sees Kebble/Babble’s return from the dead in order to present the “truth” of his life.
Written and directed by Allan Kolski Horwitz. Performed by Renos Spanoudes and Lebohang Motaung. 80 minutes. Age 16 and up. 
Thursday 12 January, 8 pm.

BIG BOYS DON'T DANCE (Dance/comedy)

An award-winning comedy play that takes the audience on a wild journey of stereotypical male behaviour and extraordinary, highly entertaining dance routines. This incongruous recipe makes for a unique and fantastic experience that the entire family will enjoy. Directed by Vanessa Harris and performed by Bradley Searle and Ash Searle. 60 minutes. All ages.
Friday 13 January, 6 pm. 

MISTERO BUFFO (Satire/ physical theatre)

Andrew Buckland brings a wonderful adaptation of Nobel-Prize winner Dario FO’s controversial work, which combines the grotesque comedy of the Italian medieval performance traditions with razor-sharp contemporary satire. The play criticises the repressions of religious institutions and landowning classes throughout history. 
Written by Dario Fo (translated by Ed Emery). Adapted and performed by Andrew Buckland. 60 minutes. Age 16 and up.
Friday 13 January, 8 pm 

I-PUPPETi (Children’s theatre)

i-Puppeti is a comic show for primary and pre-primary children, with a vibrant use of the many different types of puppets, including sock, hand, stick, string, shadow and giant puppets. This story teaches children the valuable lessons of self-acceptance, friendship, and how anything is possible if you put your mind to it. 
Written by Clinton Marius, performed by Pume Mthombeni and Shika Budhoo. 60 minutes. All ages. 
Saturday 14 January. 10 am. 

BRU (Physical theatre / comedy)

Bru takes the pursuit of happiness to the surreal levels of the extreme. Join two surfer dudes as they escape the purgatory of the concrete jungle of Jo’burg in search of the freedom of the waves. This fun romp is a high-energy physical theatre fusion with a pair of talented young actors. 
Written and directed by written and directed by Josh Martin. Performed by Sandi Dlangala and Mikey Frederick von Bardeleben. 50 minutes. Age 12 and up. 
Saturday 14 January, 6pm.

THE SLAP KOEJAWEL & OTHER TIT BITS (comedy)This absurdly funny and touching play brings two great actresses of stage and television together .The action finds two stressed-out actresses, of a certain age, in a tatty dressing room, preparing for the first preview of a new South African play... a work not without its problems! Can they pull it off without losing what's left of their marbles? 
Created and performed by Annelisa Weiland and Vanessa Cooke. Directed by Robert Whitehead. 55 minutes. Age 16 and up.
Saturday 14 January, 8pm.


A hard hitting play that gives insight in to the high rate of unemployment in South Africa. An energetic, intense and intimate physical performance. Written and Directed by the Samson M. Mlambo, and performed by Wiseman Mncube. Mentored by XXXX. 50 minutes. Age 16 and up. 
Sunday 15 January, 2pm. 


A moving family drama with comic elements that deals with the themes of death, mourning and the role of family in peoples’ lives. This Dutch play comes fresh from winning best production and best actress awards at the Festival International de Théâtre in Morocco.
Created by Malou van Sluis and Denise Lukkenaer. Directed by Ferry Spigt. 
Sunday 15 January, 4pm. 

LES PIGEONS (Physical theatre / comedy)

This physical theatre piece takes a startling look into the underground world of ornithological communism, from within the minds of two in-patients. Wit and excellent comic timing characterise this interrogation into the uselessness of military interventions in times of change. Created and performed by Ryan Mayne and Tristan Jacobs. 45 minutes. Age 14 and up.
Sunday 15 January, 6pm. (Closing performance, followed by awards ceremony)



TWIST 1: Saturday 15 January, 12pm 

Life in Pictures (Drama)
A journalist uncovers a deadly secret that exposes a criminal gang-lord. His faithful henchman has no choice but to turn on the man who he thought was his protector. 
Created by Uthando Lwabaqulusi with Bheki Mkhwane; based on an original script by Themba Mkhoma. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

Township Life (Drama)
A vibrant song and dance performance that looks at life in the township of KwaMashu. 
Created by the Ubuntubesizwe Theatre Group with Jerry Pooe; based on an original script by Ayanda Mkhize. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

TWIST 2: Saturday 15 January, 2pm

Milk Factory (Drama)Lies, deception and dynamite: This is a tale of people adapting to a way of life that is not what they are used to. How do we deal with change when it is an unstoppable force?
Created by Emuhle All Artists with Bongani Baai and Debbie Lutge; based on an original script by Simphiwe Vikalahle. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

A Bull Called Bhahlangane (Drama)
The story of brothers who come together for their father’s funeral. A tale of corruption, power and brotherly love, all focused around the father’s prize bull, Bhahlangane. 
Created by Big Brotherhood productions with Neil Coppen and Edmund Mhlongo. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

TWIST 3: Saturday 15 January, 4pm

Strokes of Society (Drama) 
A moving tale of a father and daughter who is not his own child. This story brings together many of the tragic consequences of society’s anti-social behaviours including, rape, abuse, and HIV and AIDS. 
Created by Siyakha Performing Artists with Themi Venturas; based on an original script by Zwai Mgigima. 30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.

Seed (Drama) 
A father leaves his family to work in the city – he comes back with a strange fruit which his wife plants ... so that the whole family can feed from the tree. This allegorical tale explores the notion of migrant labour and HIV and AIDS. Created by Umsindo theatre Group and Vice Motshabi; based on an original script by Amy Jephta. 
30 minutes. Ages 14 and up.


Physical theatre performer Tristan Jacobs will conduct a master-class for actors on Monday 16 January from 9.30 am until 12.00 at The BAT centre. Free for PANSA members. R 30 for others. Bookings essential: on 031-2014750

All Musho Festival performances are at the Catalina Theatre: Contact 031-3056889

All shows R 50 per ticket
PANSA paid-members special price R 30 
OAPS and children under 12 R 30
Special all-day ticket on Saturday / Sunday - R 100 per day 

For more information, and daily reviews, see the Musho website on

Wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2012

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What's On In Durban In December

Welcome Readers

There is so much on in Durban this month.  Here are some of the events around town:

Pieter Scholtz Book Launch Invitation at St. Clements Garden Reataurant from 6:30 p.m. on Monday 12th December.

 Bookshop & Horus Publications
present the launch of Pieter Scholtz’s new novel
at St. Clements garden restaurant
Monday 12 December
6.30 for 7.00pm
RSVP Beverley 0861 341 341 or reply to this e-mail


THE TREE WHISPERER is an autobiographical fantasy. The author in the story and the author of the story are one and the same person. He writes in the preface:
'The inspiration for this story arose from some abiding memories, including,
A gnarled fig tree in the garden of the house in Eshowe where I spent my childhood.  I experienced many magical moments in the forks and hollows of that tree.
My annual visit to the Buddhist Retreat Centre near Ixopo, where I renew my acquaintance with a very special yellowwood tree.
The boardwalk over the Dlinza forest in Eshowe which lends me God's eye view of the trees.'
Angel is unusual not only for her habit of adopting different names to suit different people, she is also the 'tree whisperer' of the title.
The story is about how the author and Angel share a journey of discovery. Angel helps the author travel beyond the familiar world of fantasy which is peopled with his creations, to a world where he touches the pain and anguish of others. He discovers that the real world has many dimensions like his fantasy world, and that here really is no definitive reality.
The author helps Angel revisit the scenes of her childhood and discover how her affinity with trees was born. He also enables Angel to come to terms with the dark secret of her childhood which she has concealed from herself and from others.


Durban rock electronica band Rise release their new single, I Know, at Mojo’s Bar at the Riverside Hotel on Friday December 9 at 7pm. Playing songs from both their albums the popular band will entertain with old and new dance and chill-out tunes. Entrance is free.

The Jackie Horner Pub and Grill at 47 Helen Joseph (Davenport) Road, Glenwood, hosts Graham Boyle from 6pm till late on Friday December 9.
On Saturday December 10  it’s Karaoke Party time with Spider Murch from 7pm until late.
On Sunday December 11 the “Human Jukebox” Collin Rule entertains from 1pm to 4pm and patrons can enjoy the Sunday roast special for just R49.  Call 031 202 9124 to took a table.

On Friday December 9 Origin in Clark Road, Glenwood, invites you to experience the  Labyrinth with Dutch deejays Leon Bolier and Ummet Ozcan  and P.H.A.T.T (Namibia) plus 20 local deejays. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets pre-sale (Iron Fist, Idols, Soho Stamfordhill Road and Floogy’s Takeaway) and door R120.
On Saturday December 10 international deejay Sebastian Leger shows why he is one of the most outstanding artists in the current electronic music business, an exceptionally gifted producer who is operating far beyond the French filter house clichés. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are R80 before 9pm, R100 before 10pm, R120 after 10pm and R200 for VIP tickets.


December 5 to December 31
Hillcrest’s Heritage Theatre presents its festive season show, Boep Idles, which was such a hit with audiences last year. Featuring crowd favourites the Gee Jays – Grant Bell, John Didlick and Gary McKenzie - the musical takes a lighthearted look at the idols of yesteryear from Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley and the Beatles to Roy Orbison, Tom Jones and Billy Joel. Tickets for the show only are R100. Tickets including a two-course meal are R165 on Tuesday at 7pm and Sunday at 12.30pm and R190 from Wednesday to Saturday at 7pm. To book call  031 765  4197 or online at

At The Catalina

Cine Catalina - Mini Film Festival
8 - 18 Dec

Shannon Hope At The Catalina
22 - 24 Dec

For More Details on these events contact the Catalina 

Contact the Catalina Theatre:

 (031) 305 6889
Visit our website:

Whew So Much On Around Town.

Ain't Durban Grand :) 

Friday, December 2, 2011

The only event to go to next week #DCMC

A warm welcome to everyone and to the #COP17 Delegates from here and afar.
Hope you are enjoying our lovely city Durban.

Next week we have a wonderful marketing conference coming up for Durban.
I must say just looking at the speakers this event seems to be the one to attend.

Jeremy Maggs @maggsonmedia of the show Maggs On Media from etv will be hosting it.

There will be some wonderful speakers talking about everything from technology to the
environment to the new Consumer Protection Act.  The conference focusses on
strategic marketing and is brought to you by The Durban Chamber of Commerce and
Marketing Matters.

Fred Felton of Falcon's Cove has also been asked to help with the
Social Media Marketing, Strategy, Advertising and Branding and there will be
some wonderful prizes on offer for anyone checking in at the conference using
FourSquare.  There is also a chance to win prizes if you Tweet, upload pics
to Twitpic, Lockerz or Instagram or even upload a video of the event to YouTube.

Follow @fredfelton on Twitter to stay updated about the conference and follow his live tweets
at the conference.  

If you are on Twitter join their official page @marketingconf and Tweet about it
using the hashtag #DCMC

It will be at Suncoast Casino, Durban on December 6th.

For more details and to book email Jane at the Chamber on