30 Years Of The Market Lab

8 – 21 October
Ionesco’s Rhinoceros

Performed by
Kwasha Theatre Company

26 October – 24 November

The exhibition will tell the story of 30 years of the Lab through photos, videos, maps, an SA history timeline and a collection of stories. An interactive element of the exhibition will also help create a larger archive of stories of the Lab where members of the public, alumni and mentors can share their Lab experiences to be archived for future reference.
Curated by Themba Makhoma and Ncumisa Ndimeni.

27 October at 3pm

Starring Mncedisi Shabangu (alumni) and Xolile Gama.
Vuka Machel is a revolutionary comedy. We insist it’s not satire.
Samora Machel wakes from the dead to find his wife married to Mandela and Mozambique suffering. He challenges Mandela to all sorts of fights. The biggest mistake he makes again is to agree to a negotiation at the World Trade Centre where Mandela challenges him to a boxing match. Mandela is notorious for winning all his fifty fights through negotiations.
The whole story is seen through the eyes of two chicken thieves from Kanyamazane who thinks that chicken feeds the revolution.
Tickets are R 100

29 October,
5 November &
15 November at 8pm
Improv Play Offs:
Old versus New

The original theatre sports team of the Market Lab go head to head against the current Market Lab students. Players include Toni Morkel, Mncedisi Shabangu, Vanessa Cooke, Bongani Gumede, Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, Craig Friemont, Errol Ndotho and more.
R 30 for students,
R 50 for general public

1 November at 8pm
Storytellers Evening
with Alumni Standard
Bank Young Artist

Storytellers Evening with Alumni Standard Bank Young Artist Winners.
The Market Theatre Lab celebrates our four Standard Bank Young Artist winners: Dumisani Phakathi (2003), Mncedisi Shabangu (2004), Prince Lamla (2013) and Monageng Motshabi (2017).
The evening will feature stories from their days at the Lab.
Hosted by alumni & storyteller Baeletsi Tsatsi.
Free event

2 November at 3pm
Winner of the 15th Hillbrow Inner City Schools Festival

Each year, the Market Lab 2nd Years mentor productions for the inner city schools festival. This event honours the tradition of the Market Theatre Lab’s developmental theatre engagement.
In celebration of a 7-year partnership with the Market Theatre Laboratory, the Outreach Foundation’s Inner-City High Schools Drama Festival presents Uncommon Feelings by Barnato Park High School. The work tackles the festival’s theme of gender and sexuality with a freshness, honesty and bravely presents personal stories of what it is to be a teenager in 2019.
The production is co-directed by Mandisa Mgeyi & Khanyisile Malatsi from the Lab.
Tickets are R 100.

2 November at 8pm

Starring Jake Nathane and Lethabo Bereng (alumni)
Directed by Kirsten Harris. Adapted from the original text by Stephen Kotze.
Fasten your wigs and lock up your partners… Blaq Widow is back and on the prowl… her venom is 15 times more powerful than that of the rattle snake. Brace yourselves for an unexpected visit from Blaq Widow’s long time friend, Queen Bling. Prepare to be assaulted by glitz, glamour, blinding colour and glitter.
A tribute to Thapelo Makhutle, you will always be remembered.
Tickets are R 100.

3 November at 3pm

Four years since its last performance to sold out houses. The internationally revered, multi award winning South African classic of its time, is back on stage for a limited tour season, with Phillip Dikotla as Thomas, a character who’s real life events inspired the play, and a 20 year old Phillip to write the story.
Based on a tragic South African event of 14 January 2008, that took place in the small informal settlement of SKIERLIK. The play takes us on Thomas personal journey, returning back to his home of Skierlik, years after he left the place following the loss his daughter and wife on the eventful day. This heartfelt, traumatic, and thought provoking story of love, loss, and hope, paints poetic pictures with words, as told by the masterful story-teller that is Phillip Dikotla.
Written and performed by Phillip Dikotla (alumni). The multi-award winning and lauded play will be revived for the festival and will play for a week at The POPArt theatre following this run.
Tickets are R 100.

8 November at 8pm
A storytellers
evening with Dan
and Van

A night of anecdotes from the Lab’s long serving educators Vanessa Cooke and Dan Robbertse. Hosted by alumni & storyteller Baeletsi Tsatsi.
Free event

9 November at 8pm

In the spirit of providing an accessible platform for artists to create and present new work, and in the spirit of Market Lab ‘open classes’, this evening is a presentation of new performances by artists at any level of experience.
Anyone can apply to present a live performance work (music, theatre, stand up comedy, play reading, dance etc). Email rudy@ marketlab.co.za if you would like to participate.
Tickets are free/pay what you can

10 November at 3pm

Written and performed by Katlego Letsholonyana (alumni). Directed by Jaques Da Silva (mentor).
Using only mime, mask and sound, Darkie looks at the black body in a factory work setting. Set in the early 1990s, the show seeks to push the notion that the Darkie is expected to endure manual labour suggesting Darkie gaana lebaka la goikhutsa mo bophelong.
Tickets are R100

16 November at 2pm
Refusing a
singular definition:
Community Theatre
in 2019 South Africa?

This talk series takes from key points of the history of the Market Theatre Lab to open up dialogue around important discussions facing the theatre and performing industry. Panelists and a moderator will lead the discussion.
A free participatory event

16 November at 8pm
A work in progress:

Devised and performed by Aaliyah Matintela, Thuli Nduvane, Sibahle Mangena (all alumni).
Text Me When You Arrive takes one of the most commonly used phrases to highlight the ongoing fight for safety and security among women in our communities.
Tickets are R50

17 November at 2pm
What is the purpose of
a Creative Lab?

This talk series takes from key points of the history of the Market Theatre Lab to open up dialogue around important discussions facing the theatre and performing industry. Panelists and a moderator will lead the discussion.
A free participatory event

23 November at 8pm

In the tradition of open classes and showcases, this evening presents Market Lab alumni coming back together for a day to make and present work.
Tickets are free/pay what you can

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