Twist Theatre Development Projects will be hosting an artistic team from the Theatre Company Stut from the Netherlands in October and November.
The group will be performing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus and at the Isigcawu Festival at the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu. There will be a public performance of the double bill at the Stable Theatre in Durban on Saturday 2 November at 2pm. Entry is free and all are welcome to the Stable theatre performance.
Stut Theatre Company was founded in 1977 and is the oldest community-based theatre company in the Netherlands. Its philosophy is to create productions with, for, and by residents of multicultural working-class neighbourhoods.
Twist project manager, Dr Emma Durden comments "It is a great opportunity for us to have a community group from another country to show their work locally, where there is such a strong tradition of community theatre. We hope we can both learn from them and share our own experiences of how community stories give rise to great theatre. We are very grateful to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who have provided the funding for this exchange,"
The group will present their double bill of two short plays, Friend and Mahmoud, in both Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The double bill is about growing up as migrants in the Netherlands, and is directed by Sharon Varekamp and performed by Hassan Oum'Hamed and Güner Güven.
Both pieces are based on the real-life experiences of the two actors, Hassan Oum'Hamed and Güner Güven. Hassan came to The Netherlands from Morocco and Güner arrived at the same time from rural Turkey. Both followed their fathers who, along with thousands of other migrant workers, uprooted themselves in the 1970s and 80s to find work in factories in The Netherlands.
The group will be performing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus, and at the Isigcawu Festival at the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu. There will be a free public performance of the double bill at the Stable Theatre in Durban on Saturday 2 November at 2pm, and all are welcome. For more details on this performance, contact The Stable Theatre on 031-3092513.