DEURnis / Uzwelo - Group 1
Company: Thearerocket in partnership with The Windybrow Arts Centre
Theatre between a single actor and a single audience member at a time
DEURnis / Uzwelo comprises of several plays specifically written for a space. Each play lasts about 20 minutes, and the audience member moves from one room to the next to experience the different performances. Plays are grouped (see description on the left), and a ticket gives an audience member access to three plays. The whole experience, including short breaks in between performances, lasts for about an hour and forty minutes.
In Group 1, audience members will see:
Skaam / Shame – With Roche van Blerk
Kgogo / Chicken – With Vusi Nkwenkwezi
Koud / Cold – With Leroux van Diemen
Other plays in the series are listed below. Book for them under their group – i.e. DEURnis / Uzwelo Group 2, 3, or 4.
DEURnis one-on-one is an award-winning, exciting new immersive theatre experience and a first for South Africa. As site-specific theatre, solo plays are performed in different spaces in a house or building for a single audience member at a time, making for a very intimate experience.
The title of the project – DEURnis / Uzwelo – is derived from the words ‘deur’ (door) and ‘deernis’ and ‘Uzwelo’ (compassion and empathy). Behind the door that leads an audience member to the performance lies an experience that takes an honest, stripped-down and often sober look at emotional and everyday issues.
The production won the 2018 kykNET Blue Fiësta Award for most innovative theatre, the 2017 ATKV-Woordveertjie Award for Best New Script, the Best production (Freestate) at the 2018 Freestate Arts Festival, and was nominated for Best Overall Production at the 2017 Aardklop National Arts Festival.
Theatrerocket’s award-winning DEURnis artists will be collaborating with the Windybrow Art Centre and Market Theatre Lab’s Kwasha! group for the first time at the National Arts Festival, presenting 12 new plays.
Supported by AK21 and NATi (Nasionale Afrikaanse Teaterinitiatief)
DEURnis / Uzwelo Group 2
Womb – With Thulisile Nduvane
Gone – With Renos Nicos Spanoudes
Isiqhelo / Cleansing With Aaliyah Matintela
DEURnis / Uzwelo Group 3
CTRL – With Sibahle Mangena
Rou / Raw – With Dewald van der Merwe
Legodimong / Heaven – With Molatelo Maffa
DEURnis / Uzwelo Group 4
Bang / Scared – With Mia-Anne O’Kennedy
Omnibus – With Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi
Dream – With Ignatius van Heerden