Giving voice to oppressed

The cast of Kinnes, from left, are Dean Smith, Shannon Williams, Lindsay Rose Abrahams, scriptwriter Chase Rhys, Lee-Ann van Rooi, Dustin Beck and Hennie van Greunen.

Theatre production Kinnes will be staged at the Artscape Theatre from Tuesday April 10 until Thursday April 19.

Written by performance artist and scriptwriter Chase Rhys, Kinnes introduces audiences to a variety of characters from the Cape Flats featured in a world of fame, fortune and gangsterism.

In the story, Anwaar gets a taste of fame when he plays a gangster in a movie but the problem with fame is that it doesn’t last; Nicole is doing well at school and wants to make a success of her life but first love is a hard teacher; Derrick wants to write poetry but words do not pay the bills; and Rolanda wants to be a Cape Kardashian but the Cape Flats is hard on a girl’s dreams and real life means you have to do what you can to survive.

Kinnes, Rhys’ first play and winner of last year’s inaugural Adam and Rosalie Small Award for debut writers, is dedicated to young victims of violence on the Cape Flats.

“Wining this competition is an exceptional achievement, particularly because it affords me the opportunity to use this platform to share the stories of those who have been voiceless in the past.”

The Kinnes cast includes Lee-Ann van Rooi and Shannon Williams.

The performances are at 7.30pm with a show at 2.30pm on Saturday April 14. Tickets cost R50. Book through Computicket.