‘Undermined’, a new production presented by KBT Productions and Here Manje Productions, is currently showing at the Kalk Bay Theatre from until May 3.
Directed by the award-winning Tara Notcutt, written by Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and Luke Brown, with choreography by Cleo Notcutt, ‘Undermined’ mashes up comic book and African storytelling to tell the true tale of Madlebe, an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift, who came from Mozambique to find a job and take a better life home to his father and wife to be. However his unique talent of a finely tuned sense of hearing leads to some interesting developments along the way.
Told against the backdrop of urban Jozi and the deep of the mines, the story is styled as one of hope, perseverance, and an unexpected hero. The cast features Luke Brown (‘Below My Feet’), Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi (‘Orpheus’; ‘A Man and A Dog’; ‘Mama Tembu’s Wedding’, ‘My Low-Fat Almost Italian Wedding’) and Stefan Erasmus (‘Lie’).
“It is a touching and inspiring story, told in a fresh, fun and fast-paced way, creating a delightful and unique theatre experience,” says producer Simon Cooper.
Notcutt is a seasoned and internationally acclaimed director and producer, and artistic director of The Pink Couch. Her works such as ‘Mafeking Road’ and ‘A Town Called Fokol Lutho’ have captivated Kalk Bay Theatre audiences, while the multiple productions she has produced, co-written or directed have toured around South Africa and abroad. ‘…miskien’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ have both been performed in Perth, Amsterdam and New York, with The Three Little Pigs winning the Silver Award for Best International Production at the Amsterdam Fringe. At the tender age of 27, she has already received more than twenty awards and nominations.
Mkhwanazi trained locally and internationally and his illustrious career has spanned performing, writing, composing, choreographing and devising theatre performances and educational programmes. He has worked with some of South Africa’s top companies, including Theatre for Africa, Sakhile Theatre Company (founder member), FTHK, Third World Bunfight, Artscape and Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre, where he was Roy Sergeant’s joint artistic director. He is artistic director of Here Manje Productions, which he established with Luke Brown and Sammie Davies, and currently appears on television in the SABC series ‘Traffic’ and ‘90 Plein Street’.
Following its run at the Kalk Bay Theatre, Undermined will be performed at Princess Alice Hall as part of Cape Town Edge at the National Arts Festival.
* Performances will take place on Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets cost R80 and R70 for Gallery seats. To book visit, www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za.
Guests can enjoy supper before the show. For information and to book a table for dinner, call 079 361 8275.