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The revival of the writer-director’s1979 play Cincinatti reflects how race is still an issue,

31 Aug 2015 in Uncategorised
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Director Clive Mathibe’s Cincinatti for Barney Simon 31 AUG 2015 00:00 SHAUN DE WAAL LinkedInTwitter6Google+Facebook1More The revival of the writer-director’s1979 play Cincinatti reflects how race is still an issue, but not in the same way.   Cincinatti director Clive Mathibe. (Oupa Nkosi) This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Barney Simon, the great theatre writer-director who cofounded the Market Theatre in 1976 and developed workshopped theatre in South Africa. He brought gritty social realism and the “language of the streets” to the stage in his People (19...

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George Orwell se Animal Farm is vanjaar presies 70 jaar gelede die eerste keer gepubliseer.

28 Aug 2015 in Uncategorised
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Wanneer jy Animal Farm in die John Kani-teater van die Markteaterkompleks sien, kan jy agterkom hoekom dié storie so gereeld, ongeag die medium, oorvertel word. George Orwell se Animal Farm is vanjaar presies 70 jaar gelede die eerste keer gepubliseer. Daar was al talle verhoogverwerkings, meer as een rolprent is al uitgereik en dit is selfs vir die radio opgevoer. Met groot nuuskierigheid stap jy die John Kani-teater binne. Die verhoog gee jou dadelik die indruk van ’n plaas: heinings, toue, waterstewels, plaasgeluide. In die rolverdeling is vyf vroue wat werklik verhoogfiks blyk te wee...

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All plays equal but some more than others

19 Aug 2015 in Uncategorised
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Latoya Newman EIL Coppen’s adaptation of George Orwel1’s classic, Animal Farm, is set to stage in Joburg soon as part of its national tour. The award-winning writer, designer and director said although his production had South African flair, Orwelys themes, characters and ideas remain unchanged. Asked about his experience with this classic, Coppen said: “I never studied the book at school and only really came to it about six years ago when I was travelling in South America. I was stuck on a 36 -hour bus trip in Peru and remember being instantly struck by the theatrical potent...

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Its all about making a difference

19 Aug 2015 in Uncategorised
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“JAMES Ngcobo had a list of’ ideas of plays he wanted me to look at. Fortunately Cincinatti topped both our lists,” says young director (TUT trained) Clive Mathibe (pictured) who feels blessed to be part of the launch duo with Can Themba’s Crepuscule for the refurbished Laager at The Market Theatre. “Cincinatti wasn’t one of Barney’s popular plays, and that appealed to me. I liked the idea that Barney was the only and last director to work on the piece,” he says, aware of the historic nature of that remark. This classic play harks back to a time ...

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Breathing life into history

19 Aug 2015 in Uncategorised
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Diane de Beer Vanessa Cooke passes on the baton to a new generation, writes Diane de Beer CTOR and director Vanessa Cooke (pictured) was quite daunted by the prospect of mentoring a young director when artistic director of The Market, James Ngcobo, asked her. But as part of the original cast and one who helped create this extraordinary play he wanted her to inform the director and his young cast from a historical point of view. “It wasn’t about the staging of the play it was about the times,” she says. And once into rehearsals, she started having fun because of the youthfulne...

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Lepatata’ boldly delves into theatre of wider cultural pool

13 Aug 2015 in Uncategorised
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Kgomotso Moncho-Maripane talks to Omphile Molusi and Thato Malebye in Lepatata. There’s a deeper fulfilment that comes with connecting with your heritage and, as a Motswana girl, the first professional Setswana play I saw was Karabo Kgokong and Martin Koboekae’s Kgolo at the Windybrow Theatre. Five years later, news of the Market Theatre (in partnership with the Windybrow) putting on its first fully Setswana production, Lepatata, brings with it great excitement. It’s historical for the institution that the Market Theatre is, and important in carving a platform in the mainstream for ...

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