Tarantino of township theatre returns to Cape Town

Tarantino of township theatre returns to Cape Town

Straight from its success at the 2014 Edinburgh Assembly Fringe Festival, Aubrey Sekhabi’s high-octane, action-packed thriller ‘Silent Voice’ has come to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio for a short season until November 1 at 8.15pm nightly.
Nominated for five Naledi Awards earlier this year (Best Production of a Play, Best Director, Best Ensemble/Cutting Edge, Best Score/Arrangement/Adaptation and Best Lighting Design), the play has been performed to great acclaim at the South African State Theatre, the Market Theatre and most recently in Edinburgh.

The production received a five-star accolade from the British Theatre Guide, which described it as “a deceptively clever theatrical piece” and said, “It is a gripping story of four men on the run after a botched robbery that turns into murder, with some meaningful and realistic commentary about life in modern-day South Africa. As their plans begin to unravel, the audience is brought into the midst of the action as they become pawns in a high-stakes fight for survival.”

Affectionately known as the Quentin Tarantino of township theatre, Sekhabi is the artistic director of the State Theatre in Pretoria. In 2006 he directed the successful return to the stage of John Kani and Winston Ntshona in ‘Sizwe Banzi is Dead’ at the Baxter Theatre. This is the first time in many years that one of his own plays will be staged and performed in Cape Town. Other productions which he was responsible for include ‘Rivonia Trial’ and most recently he adapted and directed ‘Marikana – The Musical’.

“The characters in Silent Voice affirm that dreams built on broken morals become broken dreams,” says Sekhabi. “Violence breeds violence. Often it seems so far removed from us because we only read about it or see it on the news. Each time I go back to this play I try to get into the hearts and the silent thoughts of the characters so as to somehow understand their actions.”

The tellar cast is made up of television, stage and film stars Presley Chweneyagae (known for his role in the Academy Award-winning film ‘Tsotsi’) for limited performances; Zenzo Ngqobe (‘Rhythm City’, ‘Tsotsi’, ‘Black Diamond’); Boitumelo Shisana (‘Cards’, ‘Hillside’, ‘Tshepang’); Tshallo Chokwe (‘Bopha’, ‘Woza Albert’, ‘Ten Ways to Kill a President’); and Don Mosenye (‘Coolie Odyssey’, ‘Generations’). Chweneyagae will take over the role from Chokwe from October 27 to November 1.

* There is an age restriction of 14 years due to language and violence.
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