District Six – Kanala

District Six – Kanala
MUST CLOSE 3 JUL 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | R130 – R220
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    02 Feb 2016 - 22 May 2016
  • Time

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

    R130 – R220
  • Cast

    • Loukmaan Adams
    • Carlo Daniels
    • Sne Dladla
    • Andrea Frankson
    • Natasha Hess
    • Carmen Maarman
    • Edith Plaatjies
    • Cleo Raatus
    • Morné Holland
    • Kashiefa Blaauw
  • Creative

    • David KramerCreator, Director
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Aki KhanSound Design
    • Alistair IzobelMusical Director
    • Lorenzo BlignautTrumpet
    • Anthon MannelDrums
    • Donveno PrinsBand Leader, Sax
    • Dylan RomanKeys and Synth
    • Angelo SysterGuitar
    • Craig van WillinghBass

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 will have its premiere 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 SixFairyland and Kat and the Kings, will celebrate 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.
 
As always, Kramer has cast 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), Andrea Frankson (Blood Brothers), 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.”
 
These eight performers will be accompanied by a six piece live band under the leadership of saxophonist Donveno Prins and 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

I See You

I See You
6 – 28 MAY 2016
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R150 – R170
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    06 May 2016 - 28 May 2016
  • Time

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

    R150 – R170
  • Duration

    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cast

    • Jordan BakerSkinn
    • Desmond DubeButhelezi
    • Bayo GbadamosiBen
    • Austin HardimanJames
    • Sibusiso MambaMasinga
    • Lunga RadebeShabangu
    • Kim SanssoucieDJ Mavovo/Dr Pravesh
  • Creative

    • MongiwekhayaWriter
    • Noma DumezweniDirector
    • Soutra GilmourDesigner
    • Richard HowellLighting Designer
    • Giles ThomasComposer & Sound Designer
    • Luyanda SidiyaMovement Director
    • John HaidarAssistant Director
    • Zabarjad SalamVoice & Dialect Coach

It’s post-Apartheid South Africa, after dark. "Speak to me in your mother-tongue and I will let you go.’
"

Ben meets Skinn for a night out. But the party is interrupted by the police. Ben, a young student who doesn't know his own history, is accused of a crime he didn't commit. And Officer Buthelezi, a former freedom fighter, can't let it go. “I don't need your sorries white boy. Yes, you heard right. You know white people think we’re the same? We both look black. But only one of us is black.”

Hot off its premiere at The Royal Court, London and Market Theatre run, South African Mongiwekhaya’s latest play, I See You will open at the Fugard Studio Theatre on 6 May and run until 28 May.
 
Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre - The Royal Court (London) and Market Theatre (Johannesburg) production is based on a true story and movingly addresses the questions of a new generation of South Africans encountering their country’s traumatised past.
 
Written by writer, actor and director Mongiwekhaya (Ubu and the Truth Commission; The Feather Collector) who is a residential fellow in theatre at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, the play marks the directorial debut of Olivier award winner Noma Dumezweni, who was last seen in the Fugard Theatre’s production of A Human being Died That Night (in Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and New York) and who will play Hermione Granger in the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End.
 
I See You features popular actor and singer Desmond Dube (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency; Hotel Rwanda; Dube on Mondays), in the role of Buthelezi; Bayo Gbadamosi (Little Revolution; Mad about the Boy) as Ben; Jordan Baker (Eastenders) as Skinn; Lunga Radebe (Antigone: In The World; Touch my Blood) as Shabangu; Austin Hardiman (Wish; The First Man) as James and Sibusiso Mamba (SizweBanzi is Dead; Nongogo) as Masinga.
 
Design is by Soutra Gilmour, Lighting Design is by Richard Howell and Sound Design and music composed by Giles Thomas. Luyanda Sidiya is Movement Director, Zabarjad Salam is Voice and Dialect Coach and Assistant Direction is by John Haidar.
 
I See You (English) / Ngiyakubona (Zulu) / Ek Sien Jou (Afrikaans) / Ndiyakubona (Xhosa) was Mongiwekhaya’s Royal Court debut play and was presented as part of International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project. It was developed during the Royal Court's new writing project in South Africa which began in 2013 and which was supported by the British Council and Connect ZA.

Mongiwekhaya is a Residential Fellow in Theatre at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. He is a member of PlayRiot, a collective of South African playwrights committed to telling bold, contemporary South African stories

Note: This production is not available to viewers aged 14 and younger. No entry after start of production.

 

Cape Consort's Dido & Aeneas

Cape Consort's Dido & Aeneas
2 – 5 JUN 2016
4 & 8 PM | R150
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    02 Jun 2016 - 05 Jun 2016
  • Time

    4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R150
  • Duration

    55 minutes
  • Cast

    • Lente LouwDido
    • Willem BesterAeneas
    • Elsabe RichterBelinda
    • Nick de JagerSorceress
    • Antoinette BlythHandmaiden, Witch
    • Riaan le RouxBass
  • Creative

    • Henry PurcellMusic
    • Nahum TateLibretto
    • Mari BorstlapStage direction and design
    • Hans HuyssenMusical direction

The Cape Consort is proud to announce its first fully-staged opera, a production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (1688). The Consort has joined forces with renowned theatre-maker Mari Borstlap for an exciting new rendering of this classical love story under the musical leadership of Hans Huyssen, with the same attention to historically informed musical performance which the Consort has become celebrated for over the past five years.

In this creative staging by Borstlap the story of a Carthaginian queen and her Trojan hero, an ancestor of Rome's founders, is transplanted to the present day. Dido is a mentally unstable young woman confined to the Carthage Asylum after the loss of her lover Aeneas, who has departed for Rome in pursuit of his career. Under the watchful eye of Belinda, matron of the asylum, Dido suffers terrible flashbacks of her lost love and horrible visions of the fateful forces that have overwhelmed her life. Distraught, Dido is pushed to the precipice, and her emotional turmoil culminates in the famous "Dido's Lament".

Dido and Aeneas is the Cape Consort's fifth appearance at the Fugard Studio. Previous productions – the four-part Monteverdi Project, which included a semi-staged version of John Blow's opera Venus and Adonis – were met by critical acclaim and performed to sold-out houses.

Music by Henry Purcell and libretto (in English) by Nahum Tate.
Stage direction and design by Mari Borstlap, and musical direction by Hans Huyssen.
With Lente Louw (Dido), Willem Bester (Aeneas), Elsabe Richter (Belinda), Nick de Jager (Sorceress), Antoinette Blyth (Handmaiden, Witch), and Riaan le Roux (bass).

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