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Umkhumbane - a compelling journey

By Mary Papayya | Sep 23, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE popular Happiness Through The Mist production depicts the colourful life of Durban's historic Umkhumbane District in the 1950s.

This compelling piece of theatre is about the area now known as Cato Manor.

Umkhumbane is Durban's equivalent to Johannesburg's legendary Sophiatown and Cape Town's former District Six.

The play was written and directed by Zeph Nzama and stars Thabane Mahlobo, S'celo Ngobo and Muzi Mhlango. Renowned Durban musician Madala Kunene plays the guitar in the production.

Happiness Through The Mist is a compelling mixture of infectious music, wry humour and dialogue that celebrates the extraordinary cultural heritage of Umkhumbane.

The area's original residents were forcibly removed during the apartheid era to make way for Cato Manor.

Umkhumbane is the birth place of many legendary South African artists.

The area is remembered as much for its colourful and vibrant community life as it is for the harsh realities of poverty and material deprivation endured by its former residents.

"The aim of our production is to bring people from all walks of life and backgrounds together," says Zeph Nzama, one of Durban's most respected actors and directors.

"We want to encourage our brothers and sisters from all race groups to share our history so that we can find a common bond for the future," Nzama said.

"For this reason we have not dwelt on things that separate us from each other. Happiness Through The Mist was conceived as an entertaining and touching production, full of humour and energy. All that makes this production a powerful and lingering experience."

If you missed it before, be sure to catch it now as it returns to the Catalina Theatre this week for a brief rerun from tomorrow to September 27.

This follows its triumphant run at the Playhouse Loft in May and its short schools' season at the Catalina Theatre last month.

Tickets, which cost R50, can be bought by phoning 031-305 6889.


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