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
    • Carlo Daniels
    • Sne Dladla
    • Natasha Hess
    • Carmen Maarman
    • Edith Plaatjies
    • Cleo Raatus
    • Kashiefa Blaauw
  • Creative

    • David KramerCreator, Director
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Aki KhanSound Design
    • Alistair IzobelMusical Director
    • Lorenzo BlignautTrumpet
    • Anthon MannelDrums
    • Dylan RomanBand Leader, Keys and Synth
    • Angelo SysterGuitar
    • August van der WesthuizenSaxaphone
    • Craig van WillinghBass

Back by overwhelming popular demand after 117 sold-out performances, District Six – Kanala returns in November.

On the 11th of February 1966 District Six was declared a white group area. Over 60,000 people were relocated. A way of life was destroyed. Fifty years have passed and today hardly anything remains of what was once a thriving, densely populated, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community.

The Fugard Theatre, located in District Six, will pay homage to what was once District Six – the place and its people.

The show premiered on 11 February 2016, precisely 50 years after the declaration of 1966.

David Kramer, who together with his partner the late Taliep Petersen created the hugely successful musicals - District Six, Fairyland and Kat and the Kings, celebrates the vibrant musical culture that was to be found in the streets, halls, hotels, clubs and bioscopes of 1960s District Six.

Kanala will be my way of celebrating the memory of some of the amazing talents from District Six that I met and worked with over the past three decades. People like Taliep Petersen, Salie Daniels, Cyril Valentine, Billy Jaftha, Dougie Schrikker, Al Hendricks, Zayn Adam as well as Richard Rive and Vincent Kolbe. These were all friends who shared their vivid recollections of place and people with me” said Kramer.

Kramer's cast includes some of Cape Town’s top talents for this emotionally charged musical including Loukmaan Adams (District Six the Musical, Kat and the Kings), Carlo Daniels (Orpheus in Africa, Blood Brothers), Edith Plaatjies (Orpheus in Africa), Sne Dladla (Orpheus in Africa), Natasha Hess (Orpheus in Africa, West Side Story), and Cleo Raatus (What We Wish For).

“I am really thrilled to be directing these dynamic, young performers, most of whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with in previous Fugard Theatre productions of Kat and the Kings, Blood Brothers and Orpheus in Africa. They are all exceptionally versatile and capable of delivering the heartfelt and high energy performances that I have in mind for Kanala.”

The performers will be accompanied by a six piece live band under the guidance of musical director Alistair Izobell.

“Alistair, Donveno and I have had a wonderfully creative relationship for many years now and I can’t wait to get back into the rehearsal room with them. Together with the band we’ll be creating an accompaniment bursting with the rhythms and flavours of the music that was popular at that time.”

The Fugard Theatre, with its entrance being the historic Congregational Church Hall in Caledon Street, is proud to bear the name of South Africa’s greatest playwright who for more than 50 years has written soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the racism, barbarity and inhumanity of apartheid. The Fugard Theatre is also proud to be located in District Six and honours the history and memory of that vibrant community so savagely uprooted during the apartheid era.

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

Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park
FROM 16 AUG 2016
TUE – SAT 4 & 8 PM | R120 – R240
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    16 Aug 2016 -
  • Time

    TUE – SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R120 – R240
  • Duration

    2 hours
  • Cast

    • Andrew BucklandRuss, Dan
    • Susan DanfordBev, Kathy
    • Lesoko SeabeFrancine, Lena
    • Scott SparrowJim, Tom, Kenneth
    • Nicholas PaulingKarl, Steve
    • Pope JerrodAlbert, Kevin
    • Claire-Louise WorbyBetsy, Lindsey
  • Creative

    • Bruce NorrisWriter
    • Eric AbrahamProducer
    • Daniel GallowayCo-Producer
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Kieran McGregor Lighting Design
    • Wynne BredenkampDirector's Assistant

The smash hit Broadway and West end comedy.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play (2012), Olivier Award for Best New Play (2011) and Pulitzer Drama Prize (2011) Bruce Norris’ acclaimed black (and white) comedy Clybourne Park is set to have its South African premiere at the Fugard Theatre this year. The production will be directed by Greg Karvellas (Bad Jews). Set design is by Saul Radomsky (Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa) and Costume design is by Birrie Le Roux (West Side Story, Orpheus in Africa).
 
Eric Abraham - a producer of the play on the West End - presents this Fugard Theatre production, which runs from 16 August until 1 October 2016.
 
Scathingly funny and uncomfortably honest, Bruce Norris’ hilarious script explores the fault line between race and property.
 
It’s 1959 and Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom Chicago Bungalow in Clybourne Park which enables the first black family to move into the neighbourhood, creating ripples of discontent amongst the cosy white suburbanites of Clybourne Park.
 
Fast forward to 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, Lindsey and Steve, whose plan to raze and redevelop the house stirs similar echoes of unhappiness in the now all black community.
 
The all South African cast includes Andrew Buckland (Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof);  Susan Danford (Broken Glass, Missing…); Lesoko Seabe (Siembamba); Scott Sparrow (Strangers On A Train);  Nicholas Pauling (The Pervert Laura, A Steady Rain), Pope Jerrod (Othello) and Claire-Louise Worby (Court).
 
The play has received universal praise, including “Outrageously funny and provocative. A firecracker of a play… five stars”  (Daily Telegraph, UK); “Deliciously offensive” (The Guardian, UK); “Superb, elegantly written and hilarious. A master class in comic writing and playing…” (The New Yorker); “Critic's Pick: A spiky and damningly insightful new comedy." (The New York Times); “Genius.” (The Times, UK) and, “Norris’s play nails the thorny subject of race relations with a bilious zest that takes one’s breath away.” (The Guardian, UK).
 
Clybourne Park is an inspired response to Lorraine Hansberry’s renowned play, A Raisin in the Sun, with that play’s protagonists, The Youngers, as the young black family moving to Clybourne Park.
 
Clybourne Park is a milestone play that examines our sense of otherness and issues such as the language we use with each other, gentrification, heritage and community, in an unapologetically searing but bitingly witty manner,” says Eric Abraham, (Founding Producer and Owner of the Fugard Theatre). “These are conversations that are pertinent to South Africans, and we are thrilled to be presenting the South African premiere of this Pulitzer, Tony and Olivier Award-winning play at The Fugard Theatre.”

Please note: Strong Language, recommend 14 years and older.

★★★★★ The funniest play of the year - Evening Standard
★★★★★ A cracking satire - Daily Mail
★★★★★ Has the audience roaring with laughter and shaking their heads with disbelief - Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ Appallingly funny - Time Out
★★★★★ Genius, a riot - The Times
★★★★★ The funniest play of the year - Evening Standard
★★★★★ A cracking satire - Daily Mail
★★★★★ Has the audience roaring with laughter and shaking their heads with disbelief - Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ Appallingly funny - Time Out
★★★★★ Genius, a riot - The Times

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
23 AUG – 24 SEP 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R140 – R180
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    23 Aug 2016 - 24 Sep 2016
  • Time

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

    R140 – R180
  • Duration

    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Cast

    • Tshamano SebeNukain
    • Sne DladlaJonathan Sejake
    • Anna-Mart van der MerweElmarie Kleynhans
    • Likho MangoBokkie
    • Siya JantjieBokkie
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardWriter, director
    • Paula FourieCo-director
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

Athol Fugard's latest play, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, is set for its South African premiere at the Fugard Theatre.

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek.

Internationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2011, returns to the Fugard Theatre with his acclaimed new play, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, a story inspired by the life of a farm worker called Nukain Mabuza, a self-taught artist living in segregated pre-liberation South Africa. The play enjoyed a highly acclaimed debut season in New York in 2015, which was extended several times.

Ageing Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks on a koppie at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Aided by his young companion Bokkie, we now find Nukain confronting his last challenge — to paint the huge boulder at the summit. Yet before long, the landowner’s wife, Elmarie Kleynhans arrives and makes demands about the painting, laying bare the profound rifts of a country hurtling towards the end of apartheid. When Bokkie – now known as Jonathan Sejake – returns years later, it is to confront the legacy on Revolver Creek left to him as a young man trying to find his place in the new South Africa.

In his work, Fugard continues to explore the limits of human experience against the backdrop of the changing South African political reality. The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek is his latest effort to confront not only the past, but also the present.

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek features an all South Africa cast of highly acclaimed Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Begeerte, Binnelanders) who makes her Fugard Theatre debut, Tshamano Sebe (The Fugard Theatre’s Master Harold and the Boys) and Sne Dladla (The Fugard Theatre’s Orpheus in Africa, District Six – Kanala) who recently won the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his various roles in David Kramer's Orpheus in Africa. The production will be co-directed by Athol Fugard and Paula Fourie. The creative team includes critically acclaimed set designer Saul Radomsky (The Fugard Theatre’s The Shadow of the Hummingbird, District Six – Kanala, Orpheus in Africa), costume designer Birrie Le Roux (The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story, The Blue Iris, Orpheus in Africa), lighting designer Mannie Manim, (The Fugard Theatre’s The Shadow of the Hummingbird, The Blue Iris) and sound design by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Orpheus in Africa).

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek runs at the Fugard Studio Theatre from 23 August 2016 for a limited season only that must close on 24 September 2016. Tickets ranging from R140 to R180 are available through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or Computicket and 08619158000. The usual excellent discounts are available to all registered Friends of the Fugard when booking through the Theatre’s box office.

a tender, ruminative play - New York Times
this deeply affecting play represents another highlight in Fugard's distinguished career - Hollywood Reporter
simply constructed yet highly affecting - Los Angeles Times
a tender, ruminative play - New York Times
this deeply affecting play represents another highlight in Fugard's distinguished career - Hollywood Reporter
simply constructed yet highly affecting - Los Angeles Times

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