Top Naledi Awards for two plays headed for the Playhouse Soon!

At the event in Johannesburg, celebrated stage dramas Suddenly the Storm and Scorched – which are both headed for the South African Women’s Arts Festival at The Playhouse in August – have each scooped three Naledi Awards.

“The Playhouse Company offers its congratulations to both productions and the hard working teams behind them. We are delighted to be bringing these high calibre dramatic works to Durban stage during our South African Women’s Arts Festival 2017. Both these plays have received extensive public and critical acclaim wherever they’ve toured and are a must see for local audiences,” said Playhouse Company CEO and Artistic Director, Linda Bukhosini.

Suddenly the Storm, Paul Slabolepszy’s latest play received awards for  the Best New South African Script (Paul Slabolepszy), Best Theatre Set Design (Durban’s Greg King) and Best Lighting Design (Wesley France)

Following its unprecedented success at the Market Theatre and the Theatre on the Square, this riveting drama runs at the Baxter Theatre in July. The Playhouse Company presents Suddenly the Storm as part of its SA Women’s Arts Festival. The play will run from 10 to 13 August in the Loft Theatre.

Two of South Africa’s leading and much-loved theatre stalwarts, playwright and actor Paul Slabolepszy and theatre and television director Bobby Heaney, have teamed up to create a distinctly South African experience.  Joining Slabolepszy on stage in his role as Dwayne are Charmaine Weir-Smith (Isidingo, Binnelanders, Generations) as Shanell and Renate Stuurman (Isidingo, Scandal!) as Namhla, directed by Heaney.

Suddenly the Storm premiered at the Market Theatre from the 07th of June, 2016 – launched to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising of 1976. The play is set in the far East Rand, the home of an ageing ex-cop and his much younger wife. A Storm approaches…Namhla Gumede, born on 16 June, 1976 arrives, seeking answers to questions that have remained buried for 40 long years. What begins as a smouldering dark comedy turns suddenly into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations, of rage and recrimination, before the storm finally breaks.

Suddenly the Storm will be staged on 10 and 11 August at 19h30, and on 12 August at 14h00 and 19h30. Tickets for these performances are available via Computicket or Shoprite Checkers at R80 each. There is an age restriction of 18 (strong language).


Jade Bowers’ harrowing production Scorched received three awards: Best Director of a Play (Jade Bowers), Best Lead Performance in a Play: Female (Ilse Klink) and Best Supporting Actress (Ameera Patel)

Mpho Osei Tutu and Ilse Klink in Scorched Photograph by Jane Berg


Bowers is the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre. Scorched premiered on the main programme at the 2016 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown to high critical acclaim, and went on to a season at UJ Arts Centre in Johannesburg. KZN audiences will have the opportunity to experience this acclaimed production from 16 to 19 August in the Playhouse Drama Theatre.

Scorched is an epic yet intimate family drama by acclaimed Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad. The play follows twins Janine and Simon Marwan on a riveting journey to the heart of their mother’s war-torn Middle-Eastern homeland in pursuit of their tangled roots and a long-lost sibling. In this land, where civil war, massacre and revenge constitute a way of life, the twins uncover shocking secrets about their mother’s history, about themselves and their origins.

The production is directed by Jade Bowers, with lighting design by Oliver Hauser, design by Nadine Minaar and music composition by Matthew MacFarlane. The all-star cast features Cherae Halley (Janine), Jaques De Silva (Simon), Mpho Osei-Tutu (Nihad), Bronwyn van Graan (Antoine), Ameera Patel (Sawda), Gopala Davies (Alphonse) and Ilse Klink (Narwal).

This production was made possible with support from the National Arts Festival, Standard Bank and the University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture.

Scorched schools performances are on at 10h00 on 16,17,18 August. Schools performances, at R30 per learner, can be booked by calling (031) 369 9407. Public performances take place at 19h30 on 18 August, 14h30 and 19h30 on 19 August. Tickets for these performances are available via Computicket or Shoprite Checkers at R80 each. There is an age restriction of PG13