National Arts Festival 2017

Published on: 14 June 2017

Artscape is proud to announce that it is taking two of its Fleur du Cap nominated “New Voices Programme” productions, in (s)kin and Syria? to the National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown this June.

Each of the productions received critical acclaim for writers Mbongeni Mtshali who created in (s)kin and Faith Kinniar who wrote Syria?, calling it “fresh, bold and provocative” work. And, both Quanita Adams who directed Syria? and Mtshali who directed in (s)kin were nominated in the “Best New Director” category at this year’s Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. Mtshali won the prestigious award. For the NAF run, Rafiek Mammon will be directing Syria?

Inspired by the creator’s memories of being taught English as one of only three black children at a private all-boys’ boarding school in the late 1980s in Natal, in (s)kin is a “choreopoetic” ensemble work that draws on intimate personal histories as well as found prose, poetry, and visual and auditory historical archival material in order to explore how the sensuous and embodied process of “coming into language” shapes and situates us within specific cultural and political worlds. The cast of in (s)kin: Ntombi Makhutshi, Kai-Luke Brümmer, Jared Musiker, Julia Wilson, Thembekile Komani & Jean-Marc Suntah.

“Syria?” is the satirical story of a bigot who tries to have a Muslim boy expelled from school for befriending her daughter. Constable Valencia Malgaas makes several trips to the principal's office to complain about Waleef sharing his “terrorist ideas” with her daughter, Lauren. Valencia expresses her hatred of, and deep distrust for Muslims in song and charismatic, satirical, often hilarious sketches. Her rantings are reflective of many in our society and the way Muslims are viewed. Syria? stars Gary Naidoo, Faith Kinniar and Peter Faure.    

Both productions will enjoy five performances in the Gymnasium from 29 June to 3 July. in (s)kin runs at 6pm nightly followed by Syria? at 8pm nightly. Tickets are R80, available at Computicket.


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