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Iain Ewok Robinson

Iain Robinson (a.k.a. Ewok) first appeared on the Durban scene at Poetry Africa 2002.  With a background in theatre and live music performance, Iain was auditioned and subsequently invited to perform his own HipHop influenced poetry alongside other young writers at the festival.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2003 at the University of Natal Durban with majors in Drama and Performance and English.  Iain is a member of Durban HipHop crew Illuminating Shadows. The crew has enjoyed successful performances at two local music festivals (Flux Music Festival 2003 and Splashy Fen Music Festival 2004) and continues to work within the Durban HipHop scene promoting a return to the original roots of HipHop culture, along with his newly-formed electronic rap outfit and fast-growing cult leaders Spitmunky.   As a poet and emcee, Iain has worked consistently with Lliane Loots and the Flatfoot Dance Company on various productions including “Busy Being Blue” (2004), a choreopoem in which he performed some of his own original work as well as an original text by Lliane Loots.  The piece also used adaptations of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gil Scott-Heron and Alice Walker and was well received by Durban audiences.   In his early high school days he was born into Hip Hop culture through a skateboard and a can of paint, rhyming along to groups like De La Soul, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest and The Fugees while at the same time taking politics and philosophy lessons from KRS-1 and Rage Against The Machine.  A jazz playing dad and a theatre professional mom raised him with a feel for the stage and the Mic, developing from a young age a mind that was quick to engage with Hip Hop self-expression. Living the life of a professional Hip Hop head, working the SA live performance scene from the theatre to the Open Mics to the poetry Slams, painting walls and canvasses in his spare time, two stepping feet or a city bus seat got Ewok moving through Durban Poison City on a constant quest for the next pay cheque.  From early days of ciphering and battling to finding bigger wars to fight these days, he stays ready to kick the phrase that pays to keep his days sunny, for the love or the money. He’s spat Shakespeare for school kids, Slammed Poetry for students, kicked lyrics for teachers, performed for politicians and poor people, jammed with jazz bands, traveled to other lands with nothing but a pen and pad and a can in his hands, and when he’s alone he generally talks to his damn self. 2007 saw his first solo release, staying true to his roots as a Poison City  MC with his debut album “Higher Flyer For Hire” (September 2007).  He followed quick with his first publication of lyrics and poetry “Word: Customized Hype” (Echoing Green Press November 2007). In 2008 Ewok travelled to Germany in July (ABC Festival, Augsburg, Germany) and Sweden (Ordspraak Festival, Uppsala, Sweden) in September, as well as maintaining an active national performance schedule from the Standard Bank National Arts Festival to the Poetry Africa Festival, from the east coast to the west coast, north and south, spitting fire from his mouth. 

Libby Allen

Libby graduated with a double Honours Degree (Drama and Performance, English Studies) with Cum Laude in 2005 and a Masters Degree in Creative Writing in 2007, both through the University of KwaZulu-Natal. During her studies at UKZN, Libby performed in numerous productions for the Standard Bank National Arts Festivals and the RITU 22 International Theatre Festival in Liege, Belgium, 2005. Libby has directed productions for the Standard Bank National Arts Festivals, the Playhouse Company’s New Stages Seasons, the Uplands and Cape Town Festivals, school tours and Educators’ Training Days around the country. She has most recently been seen on Durban stages in productions of Ladies and Gents, which she also directed, at the Kwasuka Theatre; Guys and Dolls at The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and Fett Diva Productions’ short season at The Square Space Theatre, in Sally and Marsha. Her major collaboration is her work with Iain Ewok Robinson, whose award-winning One Mind, One Mouth, One Mic performed to schools around South Africa and Botswana, and the Regional and National Schools Festivals in 2006. In the same year, Libby joined Ewok onstage in Sweden, performing at the Uppsala International Poetry Festival. Spitfire, the second production created in this collaboration, was awarded the Audience Choice and ‘Best of the Festival’ trophy at PANSA’s Musho! Festival and played to great acclaim at the 2008 Uppsala International Poetry Festival, to which the pair were once again invited. In 2009, Libby directed award-winning performer and playwright, Neil Coppen’s, new production, Tree Boy, for The Playhouse Company’s New Stages Season. The ground-breaking visual theatre piece featured Durban actors Michael Gritten and 11-year-old Daniel Botha. Libby is currently based in Johannesburg, where she works as an editor, syllabus developer, freelance writer and teacher.

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