New plays and old favourites fill the winter months at the Market Theatre, from the musical The Bassment to the award-winning Death of a Colonialist.
IT may be the cold season, but the Market Theatre is staging some hot theatre productions such as The Bassment, So What’s New?, I am an Emotional Creature, The Table, Sizwe Banzi is Dead and Death of a Colonialist, throughout the winter chill.
The Bassment: new music for an African audienceThe Bassment: new music for an African audienceThe sizzling line-up begins with The Bassment, a musical featuring a 12-piece double bass ensemble. The band consists of six jazz artists and six classically trained bassists, combining their various musical backgrounds, techniques and cultures to produce new music for an African audience.
The concert brings together some of South Africa’s leading bass players and young talent on the same stage. The performance, supported by Goethe-Institut South Africa, takes place at the theatre on 10 June, at 8pm.
Next up is the acclaimed drama, Sizwe Banzi is Dead. The show runs from 21 June to 24 July. Set in the late 1960s, it tells the story of Sizwe, who leaves his poor family in King William’s Town to seek a better life in Port Elizabeth.
Caught without his passbook, Sizwe is forced to choose between going back home or taking a chance that could lead him to abandon his childhood name and sense of identity.
The play is directed by the award winning Monageng Vice Motshabi. “The issue of survival portrayed in the play goes into matters of identity. Names are very important to black people. For Sizwe, he reflects on whether he will actually connect with his ancestors if he is now called something else,” he says.
Performing are Omphile Molusi and Arthur Molepo.
The third show in the line-up is Fatima Dike’s So What’s New, which runs from 28 June to 14 August at the complex’s Barney Simon Theatre.
So What’s New is a domestic comedy about four township women who work in and outside the legal system.
Death of a ColonialistDeath of a Colonialist is going for another run at the Market TheatreThe play features a star cast, who are popular on television screens – Stokvel’s Andrea Dondolo, Zone 14’s Thuli Thabethe, Society’sSibulele Gcilitshana and newcomer Zimkhitha Kumbaca.
It runs from Tuesdays to Sundays. Show times are 8.15pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and 3.15pm on Sundays.
Eve Ensler’s I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls, is also on the calendar. The play has been adapted from her book of the same title, and is concerned with the frequently unheard voices of young girls across the world.
A workshopped play, it explores various themes such as peer pressure, anorexia and sexual enslavement. It runs from 15 to 29 July at The Market Theatre’s Laboratory.
Also on the list is The Table, created through a collaboration between theatre makers Sylvaine Strike and Craig Higginson. In The Table, four children re-unite with their mother over a Friday night meal, where love, tradition and sibling jealousy are revealed.
It is to premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this year, and has its Market Theatre run from 3 August to 18 September at the complex’s Laager Theatre.
Ending the winter line-up is the multi-award winning Death of a Colonialist by Greg Latter, which returns to the Market after a successful run in 2010. It tells the story of an ageing, yet still passionate history teacher at a high school in Grahamstown.
The cast includes the award-winning Jamie Bartlett. The show is funny, sad and profound, and runs from 29 August to 16 October at the Barney Simon Theatre.
For information about tickets for any of the winter season plays, contact The Market Theatre on 011 832 1641.
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