Classic drama returns to The Playhouse

The cast and director of ‘To House’ -back: Sandile Mthembu, Ashwin Singh and Rowin Moonsamy, front: Menzi Mkwane, Ralph Lawson, Michael Gritten and Sivani Chinappan. PHOTO: Val Adamson

ONE of Durban’s best known international theatre pieces, To House returns to the Playhouse Drama Theatre from 5 to 7 October.

Ashwin Singh’s classic drama is directed by legendary South African theatre-maker Ralph Lawson. The new staging of To House features Michael Gritten, Menzi Mkwane, Rowin Munsamy, Sivani Chinappan, Sandile Mthembu and Ashwin Singh.

It is set in a multi-cultural sectional titles development in a typical middle-class Durban suburb and revolves around the clash of the conservative cultures which dominate the Durban socio-political landscape in post-Apartheid South Africa. Jason and Sanjay have a tentative friendship based on mutual needs and their increasing condemnation of hotshot lawyer, Sibusiso Khumalo, who lives in the same sectional titles development.

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To House was first published by UK publications company Aurora Metro Books in the 2006 collective anthology, New South African Plays. In 2013, it became a headline play in Singh’s individual anthology, Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice, also published by Aurora Metro Books. The seminal work has been studied at universities in South Africa, India, Canada and Europe.

To House starts at 7.30pm from Thursday, 5 to Saturday, 7 October and on Saturday afternoon at 3pm as well. Tickets are R100, with concessions for pensioners and students. Booking is via Computicket or by calling The Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540/ 369 9596 (office hours).

WIN: There are 10 pairs of tickets up for grabs for the Friday evening performance, (5 October). To enter, fill in the competition form below and click submit. The competition will close on 28 September at 4pm. Winners will be notified telephonically.

 

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