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Poetry Africa Theatre Showcase

Poetry Africa in partnership with the DUT drama department presents a theatre showcase on Saturday 17 October at the DUT Courtyard Theatre from 11:00 – 15:00.


The 6 day long festival (12 – 17 October) presents two productions that demonstrate the power of the spoken word through both current and previous participants of the festival in thought provoking and stimulating poetry based and dialogue driven productions.


The first showpiece is entitled Raising Lazarus, by the UK poet Kat François. Raising Lazarus was first developed in 2009 with the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London as part of their yearlong Spoke-Lab series, under the direction of Dawn Reid whose credits include, The Harder They Come, Funny Black Women on the Edge, Family Man, and Clockwork Orange.


The second theatrical piece is a local production entitled Aiden’s Rose. Aiden’s Rose is written by Thuli Zuma and features Page Ngwenya and Kwazi Ndlangisa. This poetry-in-performance play explores young men’s passionate, confused and even self-destructive response to love.


These two productions are open to the public and are free of charge.


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Presented by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and made possible by support from the eThekwini Municipality, KZN Department of Arts and Culture, National Arts Council and the Goethe Institute. The Centre for Creative Arts is housed in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a special project of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl Potgieter.

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