‘Suddenly the Storm’, the latest play by multi-award winning Paul Slabolepszy, will have its world premiere at the Market Theatre from June 7. Its launch coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising of 1976.
The play is set in the far East Rand, the home of an ageing ex-cop and his much younger wife. A Storm approaches…Namhla Gumede, born on 16 June, 1976 arrives, seeking answers to questions that have remained buried for 40 long years.
What begins as a smouldering dark comedy turns suddenly into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations, of rage and recrimination, before the storm finally breaks.
‘Suddenly The Storm’ is a Market Theatre production starring Renate Stuurman as Namhla, Charmaine Weir-Smith as Shanell and the playwright himself as Dwayne.
This is theatre that throws up a whirlwind of mixed emotions – greed, love, loss and healing – touching on distinctly South African topics that make this country so rich and rewarding for those who can brave its storms. This is Slabolepszy’s first new play since 2009 and his first return to the stage as an actor at the Market Theatre since 1997. It also rekindles the successful pairing of Slabolepszy with Heaney.
* Show times: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8.15pm and Sunday at 3.15pm.
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For more information, visit www.markettheatre.co.za.