Ta­masha bring­ing chaos alive on stage

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Arts Culture -

ta­masha, a Hindi word mean­ing “trou­ble” or “chaos” will be brought to life through an un­for­get­table drama at the Mar­ket Theatre in Septem­ber, Her­itage Month.

Ta­masha on Hope Street is a brand-new, cut­ting-edge pro­duc­tion by award-win­ning play­wright Ra­jesh Gopie that will have its world pre­miere from 8 Septem­ber to 1 Oc­to­ber 2017.

The drama is be­ing show­cased in time to cel­e­brate Her­itage Month be­cause a core fea­ture in the pro­duc­tion is South Africa’s In­dian com­mu­nity’s tra­di­tions and cul­tures.

The play fo­cuses on the so­cio-eco­nomic con­di­tions in Chatsworth, an In­dian town­ship 20 km south of the port city of Dur­ban. It tells the story of an unlikely friend­ship be­tween Payal, a young In­dian girl born in Chatsworth who works as a street pros­ti­tute, and Al­bert, a Zim­bab­wean night watch­man.

The play boasts an ar­ray of cre­ative tal­ent that in­cludes actors Dhave­shan Goven­der, Lin­dani Nkosi, Matthew MacFar­lane, Afzal Khan, Keith Gen­gadoo and Ameera Pa­tel. Di­rected by Gopala Davies, the play is Davies’ de­but at the Mar­ket Theatre. He will be men­tored by Gita Pather, a theatre vet­eran who has pro­duced award-win­ning plays in a ca­reer that spans over 30 years.

The pro­duc­tion was made pos­si­ble by the Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture’s In­cu­ba­tion Pro­gramme, which sup­ports a se­ries of pro­grammes de­signed to boost the level of fresh young tal­ent in the theatre in­dus­try and see more lo­cal con­tent brought to the stage.

Shows will take place from Tues­days to Satur­days at 20h15, and Sun­days at 15h15.

Ta­masha on Hope Street gives South Africans an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about South Africa's In­dian cul­ture.

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