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Tragic tale vibrantly related

26 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Ukutshona ko Mendi

Accomplished cast bring to life story of men of the Native Corps who sang as they drowned UKUTSHONA KO MENDI… DID WE DANCE (The sinking of the Mendi) Market Theatre until March 16 he sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917 is a little-known part of South African history that deserves to be rediscovered and acknowledged. Here, in the hands of an accomplished team, the tale is told with power and intensity in a dramatic mix of storytelling, dance, song and drama that is truly African. There are moments of poignancy and pain, moments that encapsulate emotion, moments that startle with the sheer per...

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Dance

26 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Four Seasons

Four Seasons is a dance performance depicting the destruction brought about by humans on the Earth. It also embraces the beauty the planet provides and gives hope to generations to come. A partnership with Sci-Bono was formulated and a Schools Package includes a performance of Four Seasons at the Market Theatre in the morning from Ilam, and a lesson in chemistry at the Sci-Bono Centre that afternoon, for R53 per student. Regular shows run from Tuesday to Sunday at 8pm from February 27 until March 9.

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A disaster brought to life on stage

26 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Ukutshona ko Mendi

Story relives the demise of the troopship SS Mendi which sank in 1917, with the loss of 646 lives writes, John Makoni pisodic disasters are normally the province of film and not stage, because their short duration entails that celluloid is the better format to capture their minutiae. For this reason, I had preconceived notions that the maritime disaster that was SS Mendi could not translate very well on to the stage. I also had reservations as to why the idea of staging the play was not delayed until 2017, when it will be a full 100 years after the event. On watching Ukutshona ko Mendi… ...

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Forgotten men remembered

26 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Ukutshona ko Mendi

SHALL we imagine their faces etched with unimaginable panic as the epic SS Mendi sinks into cold waters? Or will the memory of this historical tragedy be anchored upon the bravery of the 616 men who died that morning 97 years ago today? It is this story of unrelenting courage that struck director Mandla Mbothwe. Mbothwe is directing Lara Foot’s play titled Ukutshona Ko Mendi Did We Dance (The Sinking of the Mendi), which is on at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. “These are stories we never tell to each other. Our stories should not only be about drunken fathers and brothers who ...

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Making stolen history a talking point

26 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Ukutshona ko Mendi

T USED to be that black men left their families behind in the Eastern Cape to work in the Western Cape. Mandla Mbothwe is mildly amused that he’s doing it the other way around. The 39-year-old theatre director joined the Steve Biko Centre (an initiative of the Steve Biko Foundation) as artistic director in February last year and has since been commuting between work in Ginsberg, King William’s Town, and home in Cape Town. Mbothwe was aware that Lara Foot was writing what would become Did We Dance?. Ukutshona ko Mendi (The Sinking of the Mendi) when he took the job. When she maintai...

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History plays out on Stage

26 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Ukutshona ko Mendi

HARROWING: DISCOMFORT AND SUPERB ACTING IN TOP-NOTCH PRODUCTION -+ Passionate singing, acting and directing bring great script to life. Its cold out, but the crew aboard the SS Mendi sing and dance amid promises of winning their land back and the allure of becoming men of dignity and pride. A grief-stricken wife and mother is in a dissociative state, unable to deal with the despair brought on by the death of her husband. Rumour has it that when the SS Mendi went down, members of the 5th Battalion South African Native Labour Corps were singing and dancing as they sank. The men died with courage...

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