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Literary icon Can Themba (widely known as writer for DRUM magazine) is remembered through Khayelihle Dom Gumede’s presentation of Themba’s Crepuscule.

Gumede is the third 2012 winner of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary. Crepuscule is an adaptation of literary giant Can Themba’s short story of the same title. The play, much like the short story, charters a fictional interpretation of a real life love affair between Can and a white woman, ‘Janet’, in Sophiatown during the 1950’s. Set in the often revered and romanticised world of Sophiatown, the play uses Can and Janet’s relationship to ask whether we are products of our environment or if we choose who we want to be.

A story about human connection and a search for freedom and humanity, this production is an ensemble-based treat; with poetry of language, movement and song forming its rich presentation. In the tradition of several recent revivals such as Farber’s Mies Julie and Kerfoot’s Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act; this high energy, fast-paced production takes a look at a time much closer to who and where we are today, than we would like to admit.

Can Themba was posthumously awarded The Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for "Excellent achievement in literature, contributing to the field of journalism and striving for a just and democratic society in South Africa." Featuring Kgomotso Matsunyane, Glen Biederman-Pam, Mikkie-Dene le Roux, Anele Situlweni, Luvuyo Mabuto and Nobuhle Ketelo; Crepuscule will run at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective (cnr Wesley and Milton Streets, Observatory) from 9 to 13 October 2012 at 7:30pm nightly.