The Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is pleased to announce the cohort of writers and composers selected to participate in its inaugural “Cabaret and Beyond Festival” (CAB) aimed at developing new works of musical theatre.
The CAB Festival wants to fill the existing gap in writing new works in the musical theatre genre. Together with the Centre for Creative Arts, they could not identify any local mentorship or training programs in this field.
Facilitated by Perold, who holds an MMus in Songwriting and has written four-chamber musicals, the cohort of writers are commissioned to compose individual songs that will be staged in Durban utilizing a small cast and creative team. Works that show the most promise for further development will receive grants to extend their material into works of a longer format.
“We received 80 applications,”
says Roland Perold, curator for the festival. “I was pleasantly surprised that there was so much interest in the project, and it means we were able to assemble a strong list of candidates who will be composing for the showcase in October”.

The following thirteen participants, hailing from all over South Africa, will be writing as solo candidates:

* Language educator, literary researcher, composer, lyricist, singer, creative and academic writer Tsitsi Sachikonye;
* Electronic music producer Luca Hart;
* Musical theatre composer Roné Roux;
* Multi-award-winning performer Tankiso Mamabolo;
* Cum-laude drama graduate Mthokozisi Zulu;
* Musical director, composer and performer Rexleigh Bunyard;
* Writer, director, lyricist and performer Zeph Nzama;
* Actor and composer Trudy Rozani;
* Multi-award-winning performer, actor, director, writer, and composer Godfrey Johnson;
* Musical creator Dani Petersen;
* Award-winning actor and designer Marcel Meyer;
* Guitarist, singer, rapper, and songwriter Chad Cochrane.
Additionally, there will be a writing duo consisting of musical theatre director and producer Wessel Odendaal and Marcel Meyer, as well as a writing trio made up of performer and creative Dionne ‘Song’ Malan, Zolani Shangase & Mthokozisi Khanyile, who is currently playing Mufasa in the Lion King Cast International Tour.
Due to the current fluctuation in COVID regulations the organisers have yet to confirm the exact details of the CAB Festival. What we do know is that skills share and collaborations will happen online. The premiere of new works, in other words the CAB Festival showcase, will coincide with the final day of Poetry Africa, and will be on 16 October 2021. Depending on how pandemic conditions improve a limited run will follow in Durban, and possibly a tour to two other provinces.