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Tobacco, and the harmful effect thereof: Theatre review

17 Feb 2016 in Uncategorised
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By: Ayabonga Ngoma Last week I attended the #Tobacco Twitter night held by the Market Theatre and director Sylvaine Strike for the Joburg season of the critically acclaimed play, ‘Tobacco, And The Harmful Effects Thereof’. What is a Twitter night you ask? I would like to think of it as a trendy marketing event to get guests (most importantly those in media) to create an online buzz and awareness for that specific event via Twitter. In this case the play Tobacco showing at Market Theatre. The bonus of the night was getting backstage access before the show to speak to the cast while they we...

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The best of BRICS at RapidLion 2016

16 Feb 2016 in Uncategorised

The best of BRICS at RapidLion 2016 The inaugural RapidLion South African International Film Festival will be held from 12 to 19 March at the Market Theatre, Joburg. Film lovers can experience the best films from Africa, the African Diaspora and the BRICS nations at the festival. South African film will be well represented at the festival, with Mandla Dube’s, Kalushi premiering and opening at RapidLion 2016. Sara Bletcher’s Dis Ek Anna and Richard Finn Gregory’s, The Boers at the End of the World – will also be among the South African offerings at the festival. The best of BRICS at...

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Classic US play joins market party

16 Feb 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: A Raisin In The Sun

To kick-start the 40th anniversary of the Market Theatre, a classic American play was staged at the national treasure. On Tuesday night, select guests were treated to A Raisin in the Sun, written by US theatre icon Lorraine Hansberry. The production is a collaboration between the Market and the US embassy. It is directed by James Ngcobo. A few historical facts make this piece all the more special. Originally staged in 1959, it was the first play on Broadway written by an African-American woman and it coincides with Black History Month in the US. It tells the story of a family in Chicago f...

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Andrew Buckland’s latest is a charming piece of excellent storytelling with a strong undercurrent of

16 Feb 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Tobacco, and the harmful effect thereof

Watching Andrew Buckland on stage is an emotional experience. You don’t know whether to admire his talent or cringe for his character. You end up doing both simultaneously. It’s an uncomfortable feeling. There’s an ache in your heart, a laugh in your throat and a sense of pity taking hold of your brain. Still, the feelings your body is going through are nothing compared to what Buckland is putting his own body through in Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof. The play is adapted from a monologue by Russian author Anton Chekov in which a henpecked husband, Ivan, is bullied by his wif...

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Raisin hell

08 Feb 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: A Raisin In The Sun

A large and imposing set greets you as you take your seat for Lorraine Hansberry’s 1950s civil right drama, A Raisin in the Sun, at the Market Theatre. The set is built to look like a block of high-rise flats in downtown Chicago. It sets a sombre note and before a single word is uttered, you know that nothing good can possibly come out of this. Or can it? Walter Lee Younger is a young black man in his 30s who refuses to accept the squalor his family live in, the job he has as a chauffeur and the pittance he receives as wages. He simply wants more and cannot understand why his wife Ruth does...

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Director and writer Phala Oekeditse Phala wants to tell stories that speak to the people.

25 Jan 2016 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Egoli

Phala Oekeditse Phala wants to write and direct thought-provoking stories Having directed many classic plays including Nothing But The Truth by John Kani and You Fool, How Can the Sky Fall? by Zakes Mda, his dream is to tell timeless stories. “I don’t stage shows just for the sake of it. I want to stage shows that get people talking and open their minds,” he says. His latest project, Egoli, is a play that was written by the late playwright and actor Matsemela Manaka in the 1970s. Currently being mentored by experienced director Makhaola Ndebele, Phala has proved that he is ...

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