The Imbewu Trust aims to celebrate local South African theatre internationally by highlighting original work with a global resonance. In collaboration with Horse Trade Theater Group, The Imbewu Trust will showcase Think Theatre Productions' TIN BUCKET DRUM, performed by leading South African artists that have enriched the South African theatre landscape with their original and unique approach to theatrical storytelling.
Neil Coppen's (2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner) play, directed by Karen Logan, follows the story of Nomvula, a spirited child with a revolutionary heart born into a country with a cruel and silent dictatorship. Tin Bucket Drum weaves together elements of magical realism, shadow puppetry, Kabuki theatre and live percussion while offering a fresh twist to the traditional conventions of African storytelling.
Critically acclaimed with standing ovations at the Grahamstown and Hilton Arts festivals, Tin Bucket Drum won the Audience Vote Award for Best Production at MUSHO 2007, A Durban Theatre Award for best actress and best new South African script 2007, and a Standard Bank Ovation award at the Grahamstown 2010 festival. It was featured as The Star, Pretoria Times, The Herald and Witnesses Newspapers pick of the Grahamstown Fringe in 2007.