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Play readings take theatre to the people

23 May 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: The Mother Of All Eating

JAMES Ngcobo is set on bringing audiences back to the Market Theatre. To do this, the artistic director has a plan: theatre play readings. “We go on about why audiences must come to the theatre and yet what we don’t do is being visible in life,” he said. The play readings launched a week ago at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, Joburg. The reading was The Mother of All Eating by Zakes Mda. The play will run at the Market Theatre from next week. Directed by Makhaola Siyanda Ndebele, the play features Mpho Oseiā€”Tutu, Jerry Mntonga and Bernett Mulungo. It looks at the nature ...

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STORIES OF HISTORY

23 May 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Missing

Arja Salafrarica takes a look at two documentaries which celebrate our heritage and people. HE PAST lives on, it’s alive, and you feel as if you can touch it. And two documentaries, One, Humanity, One Justice and 21 Icons, serve as reminders of how far we’ve come, of how much hope we have experienced. They are a chance to remember that hope among some of the negativity that hangs over us today, as well as a chance to celebrate. First a look back at history, and where we’ve come from with One Humanity, directed by Mickey Madoda Dube. This two-hour documentary takes a look at t...

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SILVER HONOUR FOR A STAGE LEGEND

23 May 2014 in Uncategorised

T’S TYPICAL Sandra Prinsloo humility that when she was first contacted about the president’s national orders and told she might be receiving one, she didn’t think it would really happen. Prinsloo, who was awarded the Order of lkhamanga (silver) for her contribution to the arts as well as her stance against apartheid, was deeply honoured to be noticed. One of her most controversial roles was playing opposite John Kani in 1985 at The Market in Miss Julie. “I was a white woman seducing a black man,” she recalls vividly. At the time, this Afrikaans stage darling’...

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Artists must rediscover edginess amid freedom

23 May 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Missing

Apathy is stifling performing arts in SA, which should be courageous and ready to upset, writes Ismail Mahomed HE dawn of democracy promised a landscape in which artistic freedoms would thrive. The new constitution offered hope that censorship would be buried, never to return. It also promised increased access to the arts, and artists hoped that it would translate into a fast-growing arts economy from which money would rain down. Artists, in general, have creative imaginations. Few have the acumen to grab the bull by the horns. In most cases, those who had the stamina to toyitoyi with “c...

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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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