District Six – Kanala

District Six – Kanala
RETURNS 22 NOV 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | R130 – R220
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    22 Nov 2016 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R220
  • Cast

    • Loukmaan Adams
    • Anray Amansure
    • Kashiefa Blaauw
    • Carlo Daniels
    • Sne Dladla
    • Bianca Flanders
    • Natasha Hess
    • Carmen Maarmen
    • Edith Plaatjies
    • Cleo Raatus
    • Marcelle AdamsTrumpet
    • Ashwin Don John FilanderBass
    • Anthon MannelDrums
    • Dylan RomanBand Leader, Keys & Synth
    • Angelo SysterGuitar
    • August van der WesthuizenSaxaphone
  • Creative

    • David KramerCreator, Director
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Aki KhanSound Design
    • Alistair IzobelMusical Director

David Kramer’s District Six – Kanala returns to The Fugard Theatre for the festive season.

District Six – Kanala, created by David Kramer to commemorate the declaration of District Six as a “whites only” group area in 1966, returns to the historic Fugard Theatre in District Six in November. This musical, produced by Eric Abraham for the Fugard Theatre, opened precisely 50 years to the day after the Group Areas Act declared District Six as a "whites only” area and played to capacity for 5 months.

“I am truly honoured by the heartfelt response to Kanala that we received from the local community. I know that Taliep would have been thrilled to have his work showcased in a theatre in Caledon Street, which was once part of District Six.” – David Kramer

District Six – Kanala celebrates and recreates some of the vibrant musical culture that was part of 1960's District Six. Popular music that reverberated through Hanover Street, the Star Bioscope, the Tafelberg Hotel, the La Fiesta, the Drill and City Hall and the Green Point Track is exuberantly recreated by a fabulously talented cast.

Returning to reprise their roles this season are Loukmaan Adams (District Six the Musical, Kat and the Kings), Carmen Maarmen (Ghoema, Madame Zingara), Carlo Daniels (Some Like It Vrot, Orpheus in Africa), Natasha Hess (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa), Sne Dladla (2016 Fleur De Cap Winner for Orpheus in Africa), Edith Plaatjies (Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa), Kashiefa Blaauw (Remembering The Lux) and Cleo Raatus (Black Dog, The Fall). The Fugard Theatre welcomes Anray Amansure who will play the role of the Narrator.

Most of the songs featured in District Six – Kanala were written by David Kramer and his partner, the late Taliep Petersen. Evergreens such as The Seven Steps of Stone, Lonely Girl, Sexy Boys, Mavis and It’s New Year. There are also traditional songs and new Kramer compositions such as the 11th of February, Cowboy and Vandag Issie Dag.

The performers are supported by a live six piece band, under the leadership of Dylan Roman and the guidance of Musical Director Alistair Izobell. The set is designed by Saul Radomsky, Costumes by Birrie le Roux, Sound design is by Aki Khan and Lighting design is by Daniel Galloway and Benjamin du Plessis. Video Projection Design and Mapping is by Daniel Manners and Benjamin du Plessis.

After an astounding sold out run earlier this year, this highly entertaining and heartfelt tribute to the memory of District Six, District Six – Kanala returns to The Fugard Theatre from the 22 November 2016 for the summer season.

The Family of Four Special for the first four Thursdays of the run is available from the Fugard Theatre Box Office only. There are also excellent discounts for pensioners and group bookings when booking through the theatre’s box office.

Superb ... Kanala is a slick production; the performances, the set, the music all achieve a standard that The Fugard has become renowned for. - The Cape Times
Nothing less than brilliant - bruinou.com
A slick, seamless and fast-paced celebration - The Daily Maverick
Dis die hart en siel van D6 - Die Burger
It delivers, over and over. Loud and vibrant, filled with song, dance, lots of laughter and the heartbreak of losing your home, it’s a perfect celebration of the people who lived in District Six and their music. - What's On In Cape Town
Superb ... Kanala is a slick production; the performances, the set, the music all achieve a standard that The Fugard has become renowned for. - The Cape Times
Nothing less than brilliant - bruinou.com
A slick, seamless and fast-paced celebration - The Daily Maverick
Dis die hart en siel van D6 - Die Burger
It delivers, over and over. Loud and vibrant, filled with song, dance, lots of laughter and the heartbreak of losing your home, it’s a perfect celebration of the people who lived in District Six and their music. - What's On In Cape Town

The Father

The Father
8 NOV – 3 DEC 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    08 Nov 2016 - 03 Dec 2016
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R160
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Marius WeyersAndre
    • Anthea ThompsonAnne
    • Brent PalmerPierre
    • Nicholas PaulingMan
    • Emily ChildWoman
    • Amy Louise WilsonLaura
  • Creative

    • Florian ZellerWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Christopher HamptonTranslation
    • Rocco PoolSet Design
    • Birrie le RouxCostume Design
    • Kieran McGregorLighting Designer

The Tony and Olivier award-winning Broadway and West End hit, Florian Zeller's The Father, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, is set to have its South African premiere at The Fugard Studio Theatre from 8 November and run until 3 December 2016.

The Father peers inside the mind of Andre, a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch? The Father is a funny, sad and poignant roller coaster ride on a fight against dementia that twists and turns with all the excitement of a taut thriller. 
 
An Eric Abraham and Fugard Theatre production The Father will be directed by Greg Karvellas (Clybourne Park; Bad Jews; CHAMP) and features an all South African cast headed by acting legend Marius Weyers. Set design is by Rocco Pool, with costume design by Birrie le Roux and lighting design by Kieran McGregor.

The powerhouse cast includes Anthea Thompson (My Briljante Egskeiding, Shirley Valentine, Madam and Eve), Emily Child (The Pervert Laura; The Emissary, A Certain Lady), Brent Palmer (A Steady Rain, The Kingmakers, Bench), Nicholas Pauling (Clybourne Park, A Steady Rain, Epstein) and Amy Louise Wilson (The Book of Negroes, Scrape and The Year of the Bicycle).

Winner of the 2015 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Tony Award, The Father also scooped top British and French Olivier and Moliere Awards. It received an array of five star reviews, including The London Guardian “hugely rewarding ….a savagely honest study of dementia ”,  The London Times “masterful, well-mannered mix of laughter and desolation puts you into the mind-set of someone in the midst of mental decay like nothing we’ve ever seen before” ; The London Telegraph “an unqualified triumph”, the London FT “The brilliance of Florian Zeller’s play, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, is that it doesn’t just show us the impact of dementia, it uses the nature of theatre to put us in the same boat as André” and British Theatre.com “a beautiful symphony of pain. This is a play for our times.”

“Dementia is a disease that many can relate to,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of The Fugard Theatre. “We may have experiences of living through it with loved ones, or faced the real and terrifying thought that this degenerative disease of the brain is not selective of circumstance and can affect any of us. We have no control over it, no matter who we are. The Father is a very poignant exploration of the frailty of the human mind.”

Marius Weyers is one of South Africa’s most loved and prolific actors whose career has spanned decades across stage and screen both locally and internationally. His numerous films have included  Twee Grade van Moord, Dis Ek, AnnaNothing for MahalaDie Laaste Tango, Blood Diamond, The Power of One and The Gods Must Be Crazy. On stage his credits include Oom Wanja / Uncle Vanya, Beckett, The Rainmaker, Othello, Hamlet directed by Dame Janet Suzman and Sir Anthony Sher’s I.D.
 
Zeller has been described as ‘the most exciting new theatre writer of our time’, by The London Guardian. He wrote his first novel at the age of 22, and recently and uniquely had three of his acclaimed plays – The Mother, The Father and The Truth – running in London theatres at the same time.  

“We are also thrilled to also announce that we will be staging The Father's companion piece, The Mother in February next year, directed by Janice Honeyman and starring Anna-Mart van der Merwe.

The Mother

The Mother
7 FEB – 4 MAR 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R130 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    07 Feb 2017 - 04 Mar 2017
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    English
  • Cast

    • Anna-Mart van der Merwe
    • Graham Hopkins
    • Sven Ruygrok
    • Amy Louise Wilson
  • Creative

    • Florian ZellerWriter
    • Christopher HamptonTranslation
    • Janice HoneymanDirector

Florian Zeller's The Mother (translated from French to English by Christopher Hampton) is set to have its South African premiere at the Fugard Studio from 7 February 2017 and will run until 4 March 2017.

An Eric Abraham and Fugard Theatre production The Mother will be directed by Janice Honeyman and features an all South African cast headed by Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Anne) with Graham Hopkins, Sven Ruygrok and Amy Louise Wilson.

Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne's world begins to twist around her. Has her favoured son Nicholas really returned to her? And what of the suspicious actions of her husband?

The premiere of The Mother follows a South African premiere run of its companion piece The Father in November 2016, directed by Greg Karvellas.

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