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Our muddied Rainbow Nation

12 Nov 2013 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Rainbow Scars

Market Theatre Review

Playwright Mike van Graan’s Rainbow Scars, currently previewing at The Market’s Barney Simon Theatre, with the official opening tomorrow night, premiered in Cape Town at the Artscape Arena in April and went on to be performed at the National Arts Festival, where it was very well received and also nominated for a Standard Bank Ovation Award. Directed by Lara Bye, and starring Jennifer Steyn, Kertrice Maitasa and Mbulelo Grootboom, Tonight spoke to some of the role players. LAYWRIGHT Mike van Graan has become a regular on our boards and, as one of the few voices writing about current...

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Colour Coded

12 Nov 2013 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Rainbow Scars

Market Theatre Review

Production speaks to both heart and intellect. Mike van Graan remains one of South Africa’s most brilliantly incisive playwrights, with an ability to capture the essence of the country’s collective psyche. His new production, Rainbow Scars, deftly directed by Lara Bye, once again penetrates the very core of the South African situation, with sharp insight, cutting dialogue and totally believable characters. It takes place in 2013. Ellen Robinson (Steyn), a divorcee whose ex-husband is in jail for fraud, adopts the daughter of her late domestic servant and raises her as her own. She ...

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Exploring fifties shebeen life

24 Oct 2013 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Nongogo

Quality oozes all around the halls of the Market Theatre in Newtown. The theatre enthusiast or first-timer can close their eyes and pick one production and it is guaranteed that they will be thoroughly entertained. Mbongeni Ngema’s The Zulu is in full swing; Hayani, with Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana, is a crowd-pleaser; and James Ngcobo’s Nongogo immerses the audience in the story from beginning to end. Nongogo, written by Athol Fugard, is an actor’s story and the ensemble of Tony Kgoroge, Hamilton Dlamini, Fana Mokoena, Masasa Mbangeni and Desmond Dube do not set a foot w...

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From Fugard to the future

11 Oct 2013 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Nongogo

The Market Theatre’s James Ngcobo is just as committed to newcomers as he is to classic plays thol Fugard’s second play will be James Ngcobo’s first in his new role as artistic director of the Market Theatre. First performed in Johannesburg in 1959, Nongogo features a stellar cast of Tony Kgoroge, Desmond Dube, Masasa Mbangeni, Fana Mokoena and Hamilton Dlamini. Ngcobo said he was aware that there was “a lot of administration work that comes with the position of artistic director”, yet he did not want to be “that guy stuck behind a desk, because it will stif...

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Politics of the heart

11 Oct 2013 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Nongogo

DIANE DE BEER speaks to the couple at the centre of the love story, Tony Kgoroge (Johnny) and Masasa Mbangeni (Queenie). WnextroH TO lsuluinalk to Freedom (opens November 13), returning to stage is something he feels honoured to do. “It keeps me fit. If I don’t do it, it feels as if I might lose that muscle,” he says. It’s where he started. He grew up in theatre as a youngster from Mangaung in Bloemfontein, where he was involved in township and church theatre. He studied at Tshawne’s TUT, where he also teaches sometimes now with his big buddy Josias Dos Moleele in...

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A subtle and elegant piece

11 Oct 2013 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Nongogo

With production design by Nadya Cohen, Athol Fugard’s Nongogo graces the Laager at the Market Theatre until November 3. It’s directed by James Ngcobo, newly announced artistic director of the theatre complex, and features the cream of local talent, including Tony Kgoroge, Desmond Dube, Fana Mokoena, Hamilton Dlamini and Masasa Mbangeni as Queenie. One of Fugard’s earliest works, Nongogo is set in the 1950s, in a shebeen run by “Queenie”. It’s a subtle and elegant piece that hints at unfulfilled romance against the backdrop of a world rotten with racist legis...

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