Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Time for the Musho Theatre Festival and a Puppet Master Class

Dear Readers

The Musho Theatre Festival is almost here and along with it there will be a free Puppet Master Class

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) in KZN will host the eighth Musho! International Theatre Festival of one and two person theatre, at the Catalina Theatre in Durban from 16 – 20 January 2013, featuring 18 productions over five days, all celebrating the art of the one and two-performer plays.

'Musho’ - isiZulu for an enthusiastic praise response, something similar to 'Bravo!' - embraces many forms of theatre: from mime to physical theatre, drama to comedy-theatre.  It pays tribute to the smaller works featuring one and two performers.  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.

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 festival is organised by PANSA KZN, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa, with support from The Daily News, Ethekwini Municipality, KZN Department of Arts and Culture, Business and Arts South Africa, Twist, The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Pro-Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The proactive webmasters of Going Places have generously sponsored the prize for Best Script.  LTJ travel has once again sponsored the Best Performer.  These two awards will be adjudicated by a panel of theatre professionals.  The Audience Favourite award will once again be sponsored by PANSA, and the coveted Sulliman Selection award sponsored by Musho regulars, the Sulliman family.

There will be one Puppet Master Class on Monday 21 January from 9:00-12:00.  Entrance is free but booking is essential.  Book through the PANSA offices by emailing Mandisa Tshiqi:


The Musho Festival runs from Wednesday 16 - Sunday 20 January 2013, at the Catalina Theatre on Wilson's Wharf in Durban. 


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 031 305 6889 or visit

All shows R50 per ticket
PANSA paid-members R30
OAPS, students and children under 12 R30 Special all-day ticket on Saturday / Sunday - R100 per day Twist / Fringe tickets - pay-what-you-can Children’s show: R30 for kids, R50 for adults 

(Source - Pansa) 
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