Alude Mahali is currently completing her Masters in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town. The core of her work focuses on issues of identity, more specifically, exploring the diverse and shared experiences of African females. In 2007 she directed the critically acclaimed Confessions of a Large Posterior: A Lady and a
Woman under the main National Arts Festival program. In 2008 she performed in Ekspedisies at the National Arts Festival. In September 2008 she performed at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town for the exhibition Scratching the Surface in a live art piece titled Jetsam.
She collaborated with Katy Streek and Penelope Youngleson and 3 Dutch actors in No Man's Land which she performed across Holland in September 2008. She featured in Limbo under the Infecting the City Festival in 2009 and is currently working on Guess who's Coming to Dine? which will show on Church Square in May under the CAPE-09 festival.
Alude Mahali & Mandilakhe Yengo
video:(Un)Veiling, featured in City Breath
Mandilakhe Yengo is currently completing his Honours degree in Film theory and practice at the University of Cape Town. He is already a holder of a Bachelors degree in film and media production from the same institution. He views himself an all rounder through his knowledge of cinematography, editing and also his little directing experience as well as acting having also majored in drama. An eager student who has been on the set of Land of Thirst directed by Meg Richards as an assistant VTO operator, he has worked on a few student short films as well as events and corporate videos for Westfort productions which is based in Woodstock. As a performer he has been in four UCT drama
department productions Buzani Kubawo directed by Mfundo Tshazibane, The Fantastical history of a Useless Man directed by Myer Taub, Twilight directed by Mwenya Kabwe and Speak truth to power directed by Yvonne Banning also featuring Gloria Reuben of E.R fame. His most recent project was Breath a student short film he shot which was directed by class mate Lutho Somdyala a fellow Eastern Cape man who has come to add his flavor to the big City.
Gary Cummiskey is a poet and publisher living in Johannesburg. He is the editor of Dye Hard Press, which he founded in 1994. He is the author of several poetry chapbooks, the latest being Romancing the Dead (Tearoom Books, Durban, 2009) and Sky Dreaming (Graffiti Kolkata, India, 2011). In 2009, he published Who was Sinclair Beiles?, a collection of writings about the South African Beat poet, co-edited with Eva Kowalska. Cummiskey’s work has been published in the US, Sweden, Denmark and India. He is working on a collection of short fiction. His blog is located at dyehard-press.blogspot.com.