The Playhouse Company’s 2010 schools production is presented in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education. A stage adaptation of PB Maphumulo’s isiZulu drama, Kudela Owaziyo, a prescribed setwork for matric learners, the production will tour on The Playhouse Transnet Mobile Stage to schools in KwaZulu-Natal. The season culminates with a run in the Opera theatre of The Playhouse from 25 to 28 May.

“Our stage adaptation of Kudela Owaziyo is designed to create an edutainment experience for our young audiences, introducing an element of fun while facilitating studies of their matric setworks,” says Linda Bukhosini, Playhouse Company Chief Executive and Artistic Director.

“We are proud to collaborate with The Playhouse Company in presenting this valuable learning aid project,” says MEC for Education Senzo Mchunu. “One of the challenges learners face is being able to visualise the full picture when they study their setworks in the classroom situation. This can work against their achieving good marks. Attending stage adaptations of setworks enables them to assimilate these books more thoroughly.”

Directed by Bheki Mkhwane, Kudela Owaziyo patterns events in a dream world with their actual interpretation. It covers topics of abuse; xenophobia; bribery; and betrayal, drawing from biblical and cultural beliefs. Casting includes Thobile Njapha; Sne Maphumulo; Happy Vilakazi; Thami Skhosana; Bongani Mbatha; Bazini Msomi; Sandile Menze; Sduduso Kawula; Nozipho Mdletshe; Silindile Ndlovu; and Ntando Mncube.

isiZulu language advisors and teachers interested in booking seats for their learners can contact Silindile Phewa on 031 369 9456 or email