Mine Boy to be performed at Stable Theatre

Copy Dog Editorial Enterprises CC
06/12/2014 08:54:48

This classic text, written in 1949, is considered the first modern South African novel written by a black author.

In a celebration of twenty years of democracy, the Wushwini Arts and Heritage Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College) and The Stable Theatre are collaborating on the first musical adaptation of Peter Abrahams novel, Mine Boy.

Over time it has not lost any relevance. The themes around apartheid, labour and poverty are those we read in the paper every day. Consequently, the show questions what really has changed since 1994?

After successful adaptations of Zakes Mda’s Madonna of Excelsior and Ben Okri’s The Famished Road, directors Roel Twijnstra and Jerry Pooe have adapted this definitive novel with exciting choreography by Sphiso Majola of Flatfoot Dance Company together with the cast. Design and video projections are by Doung Jahangeer, photographs by Dean Hutton.

Eager Artists – the resident theatre company of Wushwini Arts and Heritage Centre founded by Jerry Pooe in 1993 when he was still a student of then Natal University - are also celebrating 20 years with this production.

Before travelling to other South African cities, Mine Boy will be presented in Durban in Stable Theatre and Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. The production’s season at Stable Theatre runs between 20 and 24 June 2014. Performances will be at the following times: Friday 20 June at 10 am (schools performance) and 7pm (opening public performance); Saturday 21 June at 7pm (public); Sunday 22 June at 3pm (public); Monday 23 June at 10am and 12am (schools performances); with a final schools performance on Tuesday 24 June at 10am. Tickets are R50 per person (public performances) and R35 (schools). All bookings are through Stable Theatre on 031 309 2513 (office hours). Tickets will also be available at the door.

With easy access off the N3 Warwick Triangle flyover, Stable Theatre is situated at 115 Johannes Nkosi Street (formerly Alice Street).

Further performances will take place at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre later this year, on 26, 27, 28 September and 2, 3, 4 and 5 October. This production of Mine Boy is made possible through generous support from: DAC, City of Ethekwini, UKZN and Santam.

Interviews and photos available on request.

William Charlton-Perkins
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Stable Theatre, Durban KwaZulu-Natal South Africa