en years after the Market Laboratory alumnus Omphile Molusi premiered his solo play Itsoseng about a township in the North-West province that was embroiled in service delivery protests, the play remains relevant today as it was back at that time.
Itsoseng also received glowing accolades in South Africa and abroad. At the Edinburgh Festival, it won the Scotsman Fringe First Award before transferring to London’s Soho Theatre.
The Market Theatre will give Molusi’ s solo play Itsoseng a new rein of life when Lesedi Job re-imagines and directs the play with cast of seven actors most of whom are Market Theatre Laboratory alumni. Lesedi has proven her mettle as a forceful young director earlier this year when she directed Mike van Graan’s When Swallows cry playing to sold out audiences and standing ovations.
Itsoseng, which means ‘wake yourself up’, paints a compelling portrait of a young man who is desperate for change in an impoverished community that lacks basic services like proper schooling, sanitation and housing. Lesedi’s recreation of Itsoseng will be interspersed with Setswana and it will give a personal view of post-apartheid township life.
The Market Theatre plans to take the production on the road with previews at Wits University, the University of Johannesburg and the market in Viljoenstroon. Itsoseng is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture Incubator programme which aims to cultivate 0118 new voices in theatre by giving young people roles varying from acting to production management.
Omphile Molusi was the first winner of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Brett Goldin Bursary which gave him the opportunity to travel to Stratford Upon Avon for classical training. His play Itsoseng is now a setwork for high schools. Block bookings with hugely discounted tickets for schools can be made by calling Anthony Ezeoke at 011 832 1641 ext 201. Itsoseng will run at the Market Theatre from 7th April to 7th May 2017.
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Department of Arts & Culture Incubatees:
Production Manager Incubatee
Lighting Design Incubatee
Set Design Incubatee
Sound Design Incubatee
Costume Design Incubatee
Stage Manager Incubatee
Jabulile Precious Mangqangwane
07 April – 07 May 2017
The Barney Simon @The Market Square
Tuesdays to Saturdays @ 20h15 and Sunday @15h15
Friday – Saturday:
To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke
011 832 1641 ext 203.
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