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The Terrified Talabalushi

22 Nov - 17 Dec 2023

The Market Theatre and the Windybrow Arts Centre is excited to end the year with a fresh South African offering for children, their family and friends. In a year that brought a range of excellent theatre experiences for young audiences to the Market Theatre Foundation, with the Cradle of Creativity Festival alone delivering over 5000 audience members, The Terrified Talabalushi, by acclaimed Cape Town-based writer, Megan Choritz, now comes to The Market.

The Terrified Talabalushi is a theatre piece with music for children, directed by award-winning, Omphile Molusi and composed by the multi-talented Volley Nchabeleng.

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29 Nov - 24 Dec 2023

The Market Theatre and How Now Brown Cow Productions are proud to announce their partnership on a brand new South African comedy, A MARRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS by Greg Homann.

This end-of-the-year offering is set to be a highlight of Johannesburg’s festive season as it takes to the John Kani stage from 29 November to 24 December 2023.

A MARRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS was commissioned out of How Now Brown Cow’s Writer’s Collective during the 2020 Pandemic shutdown.

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27 Feb - 24 Mar 2024

Junction Avenue Theatre Company’s Sophiatown is a lively and memorable drama with music that is being revived with a full band and new, young cast under the experienced eye of award-winning director Aubrey Sekhabi. It is set to delight today’s audiences with its timeless music.

This play, based on the life history of Sophiatown, opened at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg in February 1986 to great acclaim. It now returns in 2024 for a limited season.

The South African State Theatre’s production of the 1980s classic is presented at The Market Theatre after two hugely successful runs in Pretoria in 2022 and 2023.

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06 - 31 Mar 2024

Expelled is a family drama which focuses on the largely ungoverned world of social media. Alex, a Matric pupil at an elite school, gets caught up in a viral scandal and is suspended. Once shared, lives alter in seconds, what’s seen cannot be unseen. The ramifications for his family are profound.

Expelled is a play about social media’s power to connect and its power to destroy. Can a few minutes of bad judgment ruin a life? This new South African play was commissioned by the How Now Brown Cow Writers' Collective and is written by Rosalind Butler – and comes to Johannesburg following a Cape Town season at The Baxter Theatre.

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