Project to bring SA heritage to life

Residents enjoy a performance at a previous show.

WITH the aim of bringing the important heritage sides in Durban to life, a project has been created by AFDA Durban (The theatre, Film and Television School, based in Glenn Anil) in collaboration with Wushwini Arts and Heritage centre together with the Inanda Heritage Route. There will be three short theatre plays on those specific sides on Friday, 24 March as part of the project.

The Inanda Heritage Route takes in some of the most important, albeit little-known, historical sites of Durban. Winding its way through the Inanda Valley, it provides a snapshot of critical South African history as well as, perhaps surprisingly, India’s past. Gandhi stayed on here and started his passive resistance movement in 1907 The trail starts in Phoenix Settlement, established in 1904 by Gandhi. Here you can see Gandhi’s house. Next it moves on to the Ohlange Institute, Rev John Dube and Nokutela Dube’s house – a national monument – and Dube’ grave. The Shembe community is also part of the Inanda heritage route ending at Wushwini Arts and Heritage centre, overlooking the picturesque Inanda Dam.

“AFDA Durban should play an active role in the KZN network for Theatre, Television and Film. Collaborations are prepared with KZN Music House, K-Cap in KwaMashu, Durban International Film Festival and different producers for television and Film. It is not only our responsibility to train the actors, directors, producers and crew on a level of excellence. We also must play an active role in creating job opportunities in KZN for our students,” said Roel Twijnstra: the Head of Live Performance of AFDA Durban; acclaimed theatre director and producer.

The shows are free and will be presented on Friday 24 March at noon at the Phoenix Settlement, at 1pm at Inanda’s Ohlange Institute and at 2.30pm at Wushwini Arts and Heritage centre.

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