10 Nov 2011 in Show Press Releases
Related Shows: Rhetorical

The Market Theatre, Goethe Institute, Kaaitheater Brussels and Siemens Stiftung
by Paul Mpumelelo Grootboom and Aubrey Sekhabi


An initiative of the Siemens Stiftung in cooperation with the Kaaitheater (Brussels), the Market Theatre (Johannesburg), Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb is proud to present the first series of staged speeches: Rhetorical, scripted by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom and Aubrey Sekhabi and directed by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom.

Rhetorical is a reminiscence work giving a rhetorical analysis of Thabo Mbeki’s legacy through some key events during his presidency - and some of his most famous speeches. The play explores Mbeki’s art of persuasion - and possible lack of persuasion - and attempts, at the same time, to satirically represent the effect of his policies and style of governance on the average) citizens of the New South Africa.

The premise of the story is a “narrative presentation of Mbeki’s days in high office as told intriguingly - and effusively - by a colourful and fictional youth leader, Dada Mokone, who is based on real-life firebrand ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema”.

Key speeches that are examined include I am an African, Two Nations, Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture and his Resignation speech after he was recalled by the National Executive Committee of the ANC.

The play stars the sensational TV actor Fezile Mpela as Mbeki and Presley Chweneyagae of the “Tsotsi” fame as Mokone.  The supporting roles are played by Phumzile Gumede, Tsholo Monedi and Ontiretse Mayentsa.

Special Price R66.00 Book your tickets now!

Production Information:

Scripted by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom and Aubrey Sekhabi
Directed by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom
Lighting Designer: Wilhelm Disbergen
Costume Designer: Noluthando Lobese
Choreographer: Thabo Rapoo
Stage Manager: Irene Mathe

Fezile Mpela Thabo Mbeki
Presley Chweneyagae Malema
Phumzile Gumede
Tsholo Monedi
Ontiretse Mayentsa

Season: 15 – 20 November – ONE WEEK ONLY!

Press Night: Wednesday 15 November 2011

Venue: Barney Simon Theatre
Performance Times: Tuesday – Saturday 20h15; Sunday 15h15

Ticket Prices: R 66.00
For production pictures and further information, please contact:
Lusanda Zokufa
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011 832 1641 ext 123/ 072 367 7867

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