DEURnis / Uzwelo

 Theatre between a single actor and a single audience member at a time

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.

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.

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)

Group 1

Skaam / Shame

“If I have to admit that I am guilty of something, then there is only one thing: shame. Shame about every kick, every punch, every bruise I had to cover up.”

With Roche van Blerk

Genre: Drama

Language: Afrikaans or English

 Kgogo / Chicken

A man sells chickens in the basement of a building in Joburg city. The SPCA is not happy. He goes overboard to prove he cares for the chickens. The man has an unhealthy relationship to the chickens, naming them and treating them like his children, reading to them and preparing candle lit dinners. Treating them well before their slaughter.

With Vusi Nkwenkwezi

Genre: Comedy drama

Language: Sesotho

Koud / Cold

A schoolboy with a secret. Forbidden love that should be kept secret at all costs. How long can you keep that, which may not be, from the world, before it overtakes you?

With Leroux van Diemen

Genre: Drama

Language: Afrikaans