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2015-06-25 14:46

UNIVERSITY of KwaZulu-Natal postgraduate student Camilla Rogers and her cast will be staging the play Ashes to Ashes at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

To help raise money for their travel, accommodation and food, they are selling tickets to 50 Carat Gold, the new show at the Barnyard Theatre at Gateway in Umhlanga.

“We need to raise a substantial amount of money for my cast of seven and I to make our way to the festival, perform and come back,” says Rogers.

50 Carat Gold features songs from the great rock and roll hits to songs by modern pop singers, to great South African hit songs to Afrikaans and even classical songs.

Tickets are R145 for the June 18 performance.

“The only way we are sure to make a profit is if the public book the tickets through us.

“We also have another fundraising committee called The R50 Challenge; we are asking people to give us R50 and in return they are guaranteed two tickets to our show Ashes To Ashes when we return to Durban after the Arts Festival in August,” said Rogers.

Ashes To Ashes is a political satire that touches on a few of South Africa’s economic struggles and situations the country currently faces, all through a ridiculous cast of individuals trying to rob the ‘mother’ of her riches.

Speaking about Ahes to Ashes, Rogers, who is doing her honours in directing, acting and opera voice at UKZN, says: “The play is quite technical, using voice overs, projections and smoke machines. Characters and spoken of characters are metaphors for our Mother Nature and us as the people.

“There are references to our current political state and the characters are quite satirical in the way they are dressed as well as the things they do.

Cast member Sboniso Alex Msimango said: “I act as Tutu. I think out of all the characters in the play, he is the serious one and he likes to keep order. Going to the festival this year to perform is definitely a highlight for me. And I am looking forward to a fun experience and being exposed to different forms of art.”

To support the fundraiser at the Barnyard e-mail Camilla Rogers at millamerwe@ — Arts Editor

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