LION KING coming to South Africa
Oct31

LION KING coming to South Africa

“An absolute triumph!” The NYK Financial Times. BLOODY MARVELLOUS we say. We were lucky to see the show in 2002 in London, it was magical, moving and magnificent. Book your seats NOW~! Don’t say we don’t tell you first. In the most ambitious musical theatre project the country has ever seen, Lebo M and Pieter Toerien bring the magnificence and magic of Disney’s THE LION KING to Africa for the… first time! As part of the show’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations, the story of Simba, the lion cub who became king, will feature a full South African cast of 53 performers and will open at the spectacular, newly-built 1 900-seater TEATRO MONTECASINO in May 2007. To celebrate the opening of bookings, Montecasino will host a day of activities on Sunday 29 October that includes site tours of the TEATRO MONTECASINO at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, offering the public their first glimpse of the inside of this fantastic new venue! Ticket prices range from R150 – R425. Book at...

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Some Mothers Sons
Sep21

Some Mothers Sons

When last did you visit the Market Theatre? Come come now, having a good time is not always about rock ‘n roll and pumping beats. If this is “not your scene”, I urge you to expand your horrizon and go check out this play by Mike van Graan and directed by Jay Pather at the Market Theatre. After a national tour that would have included five festivals and two theatres, as well as short seasons in Lo… ndon and The Hague, Some Mothers’ Sons by award-winning author, Mike van Graan (Green Man Flashing, Hostile Takeover, and Two to Tango) will be staged at the Market Theatre from 3 -29 October 2006. Some Mothers’ Sons is a play that confronts directly the moral and political challenges of violent crime afflicting contemporary South African society – was the Jury Runner-Up at the NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Reading of New Contemporary Writing (a national competition to encourage the development of new plays) held in November 2005. One of six finalists, Some Mothers’ Sons also won the Audience Award and earned Jerry Mofokeng the “Best Director” award. Story Line: The play features two characters, Vusi Mataboge and Braam Visser who meet in the mid-eighties when Vusi is being brutally assaulted in detention, and Braam is acting as his lawyer. They become close friends and eventually, partners in a leading human rights legal firm. Then, in 2004, Braam is a victim of a violent crime and he responds in a manner that leads to his arrest. The original roles are reversed. Braam is in custody, and Vusi is there to act as his lawyer. Two good men experience violence in an intensely personal way in very different circumstances twenty years apart. How do they react? And what are the consequences of their actions for those around them, and for themselves? “As one of the few practicing contemporary South African playwrights able to construct morally complex and dramatically layered scripts dealing with highly controversial socio-political topics, Mike van Graan’s latest play, Some Mothers’ Sons, is highly recommended.” – Brent Meersman, Mail and Guardian Some Mothers’ Sons features Wiseman Sithole and Gideon van Eeden. In the mould of Green Man Flashing, it is a play that will move audiences, but will also make them think about, and debate the issues raised in the play for some time afterwards. PRODUCTION INFORMATION: Author: Mike van Graan Director: Jay Pather Cast: Wiseman Sithole – playing Vusi Mataboge Gideon van Eeden – playing Braam Visser Season: 3 – 29 October Performance Times: Tues – Sat 20h15 and Sun 15h15 Venue: Laager Theatre Price: Tickets for all previews and Tuesday performances R30...

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The Market Theatre Flips the script!
Aug05

The Market Theatre Flips the script!

Another play for your pleasure and it’s back by popular demand for a reason folks, go find out what it is! Title: Flipping the script Brought to you: This play is part of the Women in Arts Festival, presented by Transnet Foundation in association with the Newtown Improvement District and Arts Alive. How do you feel about a woman who can freely say “I a…m as patriotic as the next but I would choose a Nigerian man over a local lover anyday. Let’s not front SA men know jack-sh*t about romance!”? South African brothers, what say you? The storyline: Fikile, 29 years old, has attitude and vision and believes that if a woman has vision in this country, she has to have attitude! Fikile joins Gogo, a 73 year old woman born in the 1930’s in KwaZulu Natal, Zainab a 35 year old Muslim woman and Amanda a middle aged white woman who has seen better days! The four women tell their stories, about love, life and spices! Each character is written by a different writer from her own class, race, cultural, age and religious perspective in keeping with the international feminist position of ‘intersectionality’. Flipping the script, was written by Catherine Mlangeni, Zubeda Dangor, Nonzi Bogatsu, Dorothy Brislin and Bobby Rodwell. Produced and Directed by Bobby Rodwell, the play features veteran actor Connie Mfuku, with Charlotte Butler, Leeanda Reddy and Nomonde Mbusi. The play has performed in Johannesburg at the Market Theatre Laboratory in November 2004, Grahamstown Festival in July 2005, and the National School of the Arts Festival of Fame in May 2006. Responses have been that it is refreshing to see issues and debates around womens sexuality on South African stage, a topic that is usually taboo. Having each character written by an independent writer has made flipping the script! an interesting and multi textured play! Go and check it out. Dates:09 – 13 Aug 2006, Wed – Sat 20h15, Sun 15h15 Venue: Laager Theatre Price: All performances R 65 only! ************************************* Take a trip into our past with this classic story retold on stage at the Market Theatre in July. Written by the legendary Es’kia Mphahlele and featuring some of our favourite thespians, including Siyabonga Twala and Mncedisi Shabangu and directed by James Ngcobo – it’s sure to be a hit. The Suitcase Adapted and directed by James Ngcobo from the short story by Es’kia Mphahlele A moment, a hope, a choice! The Suitcase Barney Simon Theatre – Market Theatre 19 July – 20 August Tues – Sat 20h15 Sun – 15h15 Es’kia Mphahlele’s The Suitcase, adapted and directed by James Ngcobo, is coming to...

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