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The Shadow of a Humming Bird: review by Sandile Mabaso

20 Aug 2014 in Uncategorised

A Review of ‘The Shadow of the Hummingbird’ by Athol Fugard Posted on August 18, 2014 by Sandile Mabaso The_Shadow_of_the_Hummingbird_Market_Theatre_Poster_On Friday, the day before I went to see The Shadow of the Hummingbird, I attended an event where the playwright-Athol Fugard was talking about his life journey, his writing process and his thoughts on EVERYTHING. It was difficult to remain impassive when he was talking about the inspiration behind classic plays, like Sizwe Banzi is dead and The Island that he penned with John Kani and Winston Ntshona and his first-hand account of South ...

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Market Laboratory Performance and Theatre Skills Programme

18 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised

Performance and Theatre Skills Programme The programme The Full –time Skills Programme is a two year course focused on the provision of performance and theatre skills to talented young performers, directors and writers. Classes are facilitated by professional practitioners and attendance of all classes is mandatory. The 2 year Performance and Theatre Skills is primarily aimed at school leavers and applicants with previous professional experience/ qualifications must provide additional motivation for consideration by the panel. Applicants should not apply for any bursaries/ financial assi...

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Market Laboratory has moved to the Busfactory

18 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised

The Move After 15 successful years of graduating over 100 learners, multiple awards including 3 vita awards, Mpumalanga premier awards, ACT award, Gauteng Provincial Government awards, the Lab bid farewell to the building at the Market Theatre Precinct. New beginnings, new heights and new opportunities is what we have set for ourselves. The Market Laboratory is now based at Johannesburg internationally acclaimed Bus Factory on No. 3 President Street. The Lab is neighbour to some of the worlds acclaimed training institutions, like The Market Photo Workshop, Moving Into Dance, Artists Proof S...

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Former CEO-Sibongiseni Mkhize talks vision of MarketLab

18 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised

25 years of shaping the greatest artistic minds It is a great honour and privilege to write a note about the Market Theatre Laboratory on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. I have been associated with this vibrant and dynamic institution since 2004. However, because of its warm spirit and a sense of hospitality I have been made to feel like I have been part of the Lab family for decades. In saluting the Lab for reaching this milestone it is imperative that one looks back at the historical context which was crucial in facilitating its emergence. The Laboratory was a product of its socio-e...

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Christina Olsson talks parnership with the Market Laboratory

18 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised

25 years of the Lab!! As all gardeners know, you can’t guarantee a good crop every year, or as Beat, the landlord at our favourite guest house in Johannesburg use to say: ”If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster”. The same goes for theatre. Success and talents can’t be forced but if you, like the good gardener, prepare and cultivate the land and plant your seeds when the time is right and there is enough sun and enough rain at the right times, the chances are that you can bring in a rich harvest at the end of the season. The Market Theatre Laboratory is more than just a well kept garde...

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She writes: He looks like God had the shakes when he created him

14 Oct 2013 in Uncategorised

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Nongogo “It takes one worm to destroy an apple” – Johnny [Tony Kgoroge] the travelling sales man. The Cast Nongogo, written by Athol Fugard, directed by James Ngcobo – is on at the Market Theatre for a limited season. Set in the 1950s in Queenie’s Shebeen – it is a remarkable tale of love that almost was. Queenie [Masasa Mbangeni] accepted Johnny with his not so pleasant history and a wallet full of dreams – nice way of saying he didn’t have money. She opened her home (Shebeen at night), heart and supported his dreams. But when he finds out what she is a reformed hook...

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