Apartheid is not the story of big names and famous imprisonments, it was a wide web that entangled and suffocated largely every Black person in South Africa. Saint’s journey from Fort Hare University to residence at Kirkwood Police Station cells makes for a drastic change of fortunes. He won’t cry as life of just about everyone around him was as messed up stretched to different ends in varied ways, from love to infidelity, consciousness to treachery, heartlessness to compassion. Everyone needs a Master Key in this play.
The Master Key is written by Monde Ngonyama and directed by Xabiso Zweni. Cast – Anele Penny, Nobesuthu Rayi, Olwethu Mdala & Xabiso Zweni
Xabisolethu ‘Son Of Theatre’ Zweni who has Xabiso Zweni is a playwright, actor and director responsible for hits such as Sophia is Gone, Form Korsten with Love, For Two , Ghost of Glenmore, which all have been stage at Port Elizabeth Opera House and many other performance spaces. He has worked with world renowned theatre and television legend and co-directed with the stalwart Nomhle Nkonyeni a production titled “The Truck Driver” for the main programme at the National Arts Festival (NAF) 2013. He was part PACEC (Performing Arts Company of the Eastern Cape) at the P.E Opera House in 2012. Xabiso also partakes – writes, directs and performs in Industrial Theatre for companies such as General Motors South Africa, Transnet, VW (Volks Wagen), SAB (South African Breweries) NedBank and MW Wheels. He has commissioned work for Department of Education for HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns-educational Puppetshows.
He recently performed at the AIP (Association of Independent Publishers) in Johannesburg a production titled The Forgotten People. He also revived the controversial play “Dinner with Bantu” written by Xolisa Ngubelanga, which was performed at the Market Theatre Lab community Festival as a director and last year 2014 the play Dinner with Bantu was at the National Arts Festival “He Xabiso also Acts in this play the lead role of Nelson M” he is also directing two other plays of which played at the NAF 2014 (Nimbandini and Ghost of Glenmore). Featured as an Actor in the Multi SAFTA and Africa Movie Academy Award winning Film Of Good Report. He has been invited on numerous occassions to Germany with his recent visit in June 2018. In 2015 the production Ghost of Glenmore written by Khaya Mvoko and directed by himself and also starring Anele Penny was featured at the National Arts Festival. In the same year Xabiso was part of the PE Opera House National Arts Festival productions Inde Le Ndlela which is written by Monde Ngonyama and directed by Xabiso. He has also featured in TV & Radio adverts. In 2013 Xabiso starred in the local award winning film Of Good Report. Xabiso is also a receipient of the Eastern Cape Arts & Culture award for Best Performer in Drama.
Drama Seasons at The PE Opera House is commissioned works staged every month for a week long short run. This programme is designed to breathe life into ready productions that are produced largely by local based experts.
A cash bar is available at the Ideas Corner Bar (Upper Foyer) and the Sweet Counter at the Ground Floor [open an hour before the show begins and after the show].
The Master Key is on from 26 September to 29 September 2018 at The Barn Theatre, PE Opera House [26 September – 28 September] at 19:00 and [29 September] at 14:00 and 19:00. Admission: R100.00 Single or
R150.00 Double, Students and Pensioners are R50.00. Limited seating be sure to be early.