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Pale Natives

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Pale Natives

09 Apr 2014 - 11 May 2014

The play focuses on the surviving clan of white males in South Africa, with South Africa’s imminent changeover of government as a backdrop. With typical machismo, Rabelaisian (Rabelaisian humour refers to vulgar use of bodily (scatological) sexual humour through exaggeration and suspension of disbelief, and comic humour, Slabolepszy relates the personal angst of his five forty-plus male characters facing and handling their lives, in South Africa. By poignantly combining pathos, satire and comic humour. The comic mirror Slabolepszy holds up to his audience ultimately questions the fate of p...

A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT

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A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT

19 Mar 2014 - 06 Apr 2014

The apartheid regime’s most notorious assassin and head of the death squad, Eugene de Kock, sits opposite a Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela in Pretoria Central Prison in 1997. A member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Madikizela questions de Kock who is serving a 212 year sentence for crimes against humanity.  One is reminded of European writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt’s endeavor to understand the nature of evil when she wrote about the Nazi holocaust architect Adolf Eichman’s trial in Israel in 1962.

Dr. Victor and the Rasta Rebels

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Dr. Victor and the Rasta Rebels

15 Mar 2014 - 16 Mar 2014

For one Night only! Catch Dr. Victor and the Rasta Rebels on the Main Theatre stage! Tickets are only R150 p/p

Live At The Market: A Night of Opera Arias with Zandile Gwebityala and Friends

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Live At The Market: A Night of Opera Arias with Zandile Gwebityala and Friends

14 Mar 2014 - 14 Mar 2014

New to the Live At The Market Live music  line-up are Opera Nights which will offer opera lovers magical repertoires from South Africa’s up and coming operatic voices, to offer our patrons the opportunity to experience what international opera fans have enjoyed in the past. On 14 March 2014 we bring you, Zandile Gwebityala, Mzansi’s seasoned and emerging golden voice.  During her successful career, Zandile has sung in many operas in South Africa with the Cape Town Opera and Opera Africa.  Her operatic repertoire has included roles in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Cossi Fan...

Four Seasons

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Four Seasons

27 Feb 2014 - 09 Mar 2014

Four Seasons in collaboration with Sci-Bono Four Seasons is a dance performance depicting destruction and deterioration brought about by humans and the earth; however it also embraces the beauty this planet provides and gives hope to generations to come. Targeting students a partnership with Sci-Bono was formulated and a Schools Package priced at R53 per student for a show at the Market Theatre in the morning from 11am, and later that afternoon a lesson in chemistry at Sci-Bono. Astonishing Alchemy to Curious Chemistry Journey with us into the wonderful world of chemistry. During this prog...

Constitutional Hill Art-fair

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Constitutional Hill Art-fair

26 Feb 2014 - 28 Feb 2014

MTAM 2014 Exhibition The Writing on The Wall: An Exhibition of Contemporary Ndebele Murals & Art Market in the Garden     Board members Steven N. Aphane, Walter K. Chakela, Jonas M.V Gwangwa, Mapula M. Makara, Lucas H. Mashele, Tommy S. Mohajane, Joyce Pitso. Advisory Council: Marsha L. MacDowell, PhD Michigan State University, Diana Baird N ‘Diaye PhD Smithsonian Institution, Kurt C. Dewhurst PhD Michigan State University Press Release: MTAM 2014 Exhibition The Writing on The Wall: An Exhibition of Contemporary Ndebele Murals Constitution Hill in partnership wit...

Ukutshona ko Mendi

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Ukutshona ko Mendi

11 Feb 2014 - 16 Mar 2014

Ukutshona ko Mendi…Did We Dance Directly translated Ukutshona ko Mendi means The Sinking of the Mendi.  The year is 1917 on 16 February the troopship SS Mendi sets sail from Cape Town with 802 members of the 5th Battalion, South African Native Labor Corps (SANLC) together with British officers and crew. Her final destination was La Havre; France. The accidental sinking of the troopship, SS Mendi was one of the worst maritime sisasters of the 20th century to have occurred in British waters. This South African military tragedy is commemorated in a play which vividly recreates the t...

The Colored Museum

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The Colored Museum

21 Jan 2014 - 23 Feb 2014

The Colored Museum has electrified, discomforted and delighted audiences of all colours, redefining our ideas of what it means to be black in contemporary America. Its eleven “exhibits” undermine black stereotypes old and new, and return to the facts of what being black means. Mr Wolfe is the kind of satirist who takes no prisoners. We speak about South Africa that is finally part of the world. This play represents the Market Theatre’s curiosity about the diaspora, the history of those who ended up in faraway places and had to evolve to take on board the new soul that they call...

Expectant

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Expectant

14 Jan 2014 - 02 Feb 2014

Expectant is a contemporary coming of age story told against the backdrop of a 400 year colonial history of young, white, English speaking South Africans; and how their identity revolves and dissolves around what it means to be “from this country”. Posed as the late-night conversation-stains of a young woman who finds out she’s pregnant and isn’t sure she can stomach having another version of her own uncertainties materialise in front of her – Expectant addresses the fault lines in our country’s creolized culture with a dark sense of humour and sobering interpretation of the “New...

Agreed

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Agreed

08 Jan 2014 - 02 Feb 2014

“AGREED”, is a theatrical-fugue directed by Sylvaine Strike (Best Director Naledi Award for The Miser 2012) and performed by Lionel Newton. The production comprises of a trio of monologues, genially underscored by the emotive voice of the cello, played on stage by the renowned Kutlwano Masote. The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning opens the show with a bold revisit to this well-loved work, soon focusing one’s attention on the majestic power of the English language. It introduces the biting theme of greed which runs through the entire production like an enticing golden thread, an...

Roadkill

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Roadkill

13 Nov 2013 - 08 Dec 2013

Mat is a successful photographer who has his life exactly how he likes it - ordered, neat, and beautifully composed - until the day his girlfriend tells him she is pregnant.   In an attempt to process this disturbing information he goes out for a run. Straying from his regular route, he ventures into a strange part of the city where he makes a gruesome discovery that changes everything. Developed by the Goethe Institut at GotheonMain in 2011 and Presented at the 2012 Grahamstown National Arts Festival as part of their Solo Season on their Main Programme.

Rainbow Scars

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Rainbow Scars

01 Nov 2013 - 08 Dec 2013

Written by Mike Van Graan under the directorship of Lara Bye, Rainbow Scars, is set in April 1994 when the “Rainbow Nation” is born.  Ellen Robinson (Jennifer Steyn), a suburban mom, adopts Lindiwe Robinson (Kertice Maitisa), a born-free orphan who loses her parents in the “New South Africa”.  Fast forward to 2012.  Something happens that not only challenges the mother-daughter relationship, but brings to the surface the scars of a country still struggling to heal itself of its divided past. Rainbow Scars first premiered in Cape Town at the Artscape Arena in April.&nbs...

Nongogo

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Nongogo

09 Oct 2013 - 03 Nov 2013

Athol Fugard’s Nongogo is a reflective piece of theatre and has a long history which is part of the tapestry of South Africa. It is set in the 1950’s vibrant yet turbulent time in the history of the country. It takes place in a shebeen in the township that is run by a shebeen queen known as Queenie. The show has a beautiful hint of romance that never gets realized at the end. Queenie falls for Johnny, a travelling salesman who somehow works his way past her protective shell, and coaxes her into confiding her long-buried secrets to him. Holding the tip of a brandy bottle, Queenie threaten...

20th Zwakala Festival

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20th Zwakala Festival

23 Sep 2013 - 28 Sep 2013

Who will be the 20th Zwakala Festival winner in 2013? Top 13 productions from the 21st Annual Community Theatre Festival battle for a chance to be crowned the ultimate winner and an opportunity to perform on the grand stage of the Barney Simon theatre. Entrance is Free! Unconventional performance times: Monday - Friday 12:00 to 19:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 19:30 The 13 20th Zwakala Festival Productions are: Weeping Candle Our Streets our hope The Playroom T.O. Noma 7 Ca$h 22 The Event The widow (Umhlolokazi) Secrets Construction Company Worst of both worlds Human Race Blue Jacket Its a w...

Ster City

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Ster City

19 Sep 2013 - 22 Sep 2013

This burlesque show, addressed to an audience of all ages, tells nothing less than the WHOLE history of South Africa – from the first Homo sapiens to the post-Mandela presidency period! Written mainly during rehearsals, by confronting previous research works on the literary and geopolitical history of South Africa, with the strong personalities of the two Johannesburg-based polyglot artists (English / French / isiXhosa / isiZulu) who form a duo (think Laurel and Hardy), the archetype of the products of our mixed, if not mixing, modern French and South African societies.

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