Weeks of auditions, callbacks and an intense 3 day workshop will finally come together for Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s iNkundla Theatre Festival 2018 this Sunday, 29 July 2018. Uvongo Town Hall will be transformed into the South Coast’s very own theatre from 09h00 to 17h00. The festival, now in its eighth year, was created to discover, nurture and develop raw local perfomers.

Ten production troop hopefull that were found over a two week audition process, then intensely trained by critically acclaimed actor, dancer and performer Sduduzo kaMbili. “It’s critical to build, polish and shine potential greatness, at the grassroots level, if we’re aiming to reap its benefits,” said kaMbili.

The workshop aims to sharpen fundamental acting and stage skills and techniques. “My dedication to the arts was tested to its limit,” expressed Sandisiwe Mtolo of Inyanda Yamaciko from eGamalakhe, “we experienced challenges I didn’t anticipate, but we got through it” Zinhle Mazubane from eGcilima echoed these sentiments saying, “I understood the importance of basic techniques such as warm-ups before getting into character,” she continued, “it allows you to better express yourself.”

Morris Shangase of Way Up Leaders production felt that the workshop was a helpful tool to prepare for show day; mentally, emotionally, physically.

The Creative and Cultural Industry Federation South Africa (CCIFSA – parent organisation of Inkundla Theatre Festival) collaborated with local organisations such as Ugu South Coast Tourism, Ugu Jazz Arts Festival, Radio Sunny South, and Ugu Business Association to bring a world class production to our shores.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality is pleased with the contribution the festival has made on the local and national arts scene by positively impacting the trajectory of the lives of local theatre artists through providing necessary skills and opportunities to bigger platforms. “Projects like these are launched with the intention of unearthing vibrant talent whilst giving the youth of the Ray Nkonyeni district alternatives to loitering and getting   involved with illegal activities and substances. This is something we take pride in.” exclaimed Mrs Thembi Khawula, Manager: Arts and Culture.