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Sunday the 14th of April 2013

10:35:11 AM

In memory of Norman Ntshinga


Dear All, 

Email below was sent to Lindikhaya Ntshinga and he then forwarded it to me. I share it with you Wowos Club members as it is a beautiful message. 

Dear Mr Ntshinga,
Hi, my name is Beth Danesco. I am a playwright over here near Boston Massachusetts, USA. I am writing because I am a fan of Athol Fugard and, in my reading about him, have come to learn about and be inspired by The Serpent Players. After some googling 😊 , I discovered you might be Norman Ntshinga's grandson.  I hope I've got the right guy and I hope you don't mind that I am contacting you.
I wanted to drop you a quick line to say tomorrow afternoon I am having a full length play read in front of an audience for the first time. It's being read by a group of actors I have assembled in a kind of theater company. I wanted you to know I was inspired to put this reading together by your grandfather's example. He and the Serpent Players were in tough circumstances I can't even imagine, and yet they still pursued their art-- even doing theater in prison...  So, what excuse do I have in easy circumstances to not do the same? Your grandfather's example has really made me have a new perspective on my responsibilities as a writer and a artist.  As a thank you and token of respect, I am dedicating my reading tomorrow to his memory. It's not much, I dont expect a very big audience, but maybe it gets someone there to look into his life... so,I just wanted to contact someone who knew him and let them know. I don't know why! You may be thinking "What is this woman even talking about?" 
Anyhow, that's all. I am including a link to our reading if you'd like to see more about it (it actually involves South Africa....) I would love to hear from you and hear more about your grandfather and his wife and the Serpent Players if you have any thing you'd like to share.  There isn't much about them online. Which is a shame.
Thanks for your patience in reading this. And best wishes,
Beth Danesco


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