‘Sizwe Banzi Is Dead’
August 19 – September 12
Following its resounding success in the United States earlier this year, the South African classic ‘Sizwe Banzi is Dead’, directed by John Kani and starring Mncedisi Shabangu and Atwanda Kani, comes to the Baxter Flipside.
Forty years since Kani and Winston Ntshona won the Best Actor Tony Award for their performances in the play, which they co-created with Athol Fugard; and nearly a decade after the two theatre veterans reprised their roles at the Baxter in 2006, John Kani returns as director, with his son in the role which he made famous.
The New York Times called it “A joyous hymn to human nature”, while The New York Post described it using the following words: “Hypnotic…Overwhelming compassion…Powerful”; while On Stage said, “Kani and Shabangu give a riveting performance worthy of the material. This is a must-see production.”
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For more information, visit www.baxter.co.za; or call 021 685 7880.
August 12 – 29
The Best Production of the 2015 Zabalaza Theatre Festival, the innovative one-hander about innocence, ‘Fruit’, will be staged at the Baxter Masambe Theatre for a limited season from August 12 to 29, at 7pm nightly.
The carefully-layered, richly-textured play is written and directed by Paul Noko from the Soweto-based Dala Arts and is performed in English with some isiZulu by the 19 year-old Matshediso Mokoteli. The Sowetan described it best, saying, “This play is awesome in all respects…technically proficient, well conceptualised, beautifully written and directed.”
Dealing delicately and sensitively with the loss of innocence, ‘Fruit’ is the simple tale of a young girl Matlakala, who uses an indigenous game called masikitla to tell her story about what life is like for her growing up in the township of Diepkloof, which is ravaged by crime and poverty. In this game she uses stones to represent the 16 characters from her neighbourhood, which she seamlessly portrays. At the age of 14 Matlakala receives her first doll that she names Lucy and with whom she shares her story. Trapped in her childhood memories she is now claiming back her innocence.
August 17 – 29
‘Egoli’, written and directed by Bongani Titana, was selected on merit, as it was the best-seller at the 2015 Zabalaza Theatre Festival and will be staged in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from August 17 to 29.
The musical theatre production, written and directed by Bongani and performed by an ensemble cast of nine young actors, was the best seller at the Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival earlier this year. With music composed by Titana, this story is vibrantly brought to the stage through song.
Madlamini is a strict, God-loving woman from a rural village who travels to Egoli, the city of gold, in search of her husband. He left their home for the big city in order to find a job and make some money for his family. However, his plans were derailed when he got sucked into the fast and dangerous life of the big city and now she is on a journey to find him.
There are two evening performances at 7pm on August 17 and 19; two matinee performances on the Saturdays of August 22 and 29; and school’s performances are at 10am and 12 pm throughout the run.