The 3-D Conference: Durban Dialogues Dissected
Saturday 11Â June 2016
At the Playhouse, Durban
Ashwin Singhâ€™s award-winning plays have made an indelible impact on the Durban cultural landscape over the last decade. Combining humour and pathos, his numerous works delve into myriad issues in contemporary South Africa and have moved mature, multi-cultural audiences as well as the younger generation. In recent years the playwright has acquired an international reputation as his work has been staged in India and published in the UK by Aurora Metro asÂ Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice,Â Five South African Plays.
This one-day conference features readings from his plays Reoca Light and Beyond the Big Bangs.
The Durban Playhouse are also performing Singh’s popular play Spice ‘n Stuff Â from the 8 – 11 June 2016, published by Aurora Metro as part of Singh’s play collection Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice Five South African Plays.
Spice â€˜n Stuff is a tantalising mixture of comedy and drama. It traces the last days of a group of Grey Street traders as they deal with escalating crime, failing businesses, friendships across racial and cultural denominations and entwined family relationships. The play showcases a female trader, Rita, in the central role. It is the pressures of dwindling business that preoccupies Rita but it is the fear of her secret which threatens to unravel her, as she undergoes an emotional journey of self-discovery. The actions of the street and the poignancy of the store becomes increasingly sensitising as it plays out to a dramatic finale.