Launched to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, Paul Slabolepszy’s ‘Suddenly The Storm’ had its World Premiere at the Barney Simon at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre on June 7, where it caused quite a stir. Daphne Kuhn of the Auto & General Theatre on the Square is bringing the production to Sandton, where it will play by popular demand, from October 25 to November 19. The play is set in the far East Rand, in 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.
Weir-Smith and Stuurman need no introduction to South African audiences – and also for their work at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square. Stuurman appeared in Neil LaBute’s ‘Some Girls’; Weir-Smith appeared in productions such as ‘Pregnant Pause’, ‘Two For The Price Of One’ and ‘An Unromantic Comedy’ as well as directing ‘The Tale Of The Allergist’s Wife’ and ‘Freak Country’ by Slabolepszy. Paul’s work at this theatre has been prolific, with productions that include ‘Life’s A Pitch’, ‘Planet Perth’, ‘Crashing The Night’, ‘Whole In One’, ‘It’s Just Not Cricket’ and ‘Freak Country’.
This is Slabolepszy’s first new play since 2009 and rekindles the successful pairing of Slabolepszy with director Bobby Heaney.
There will be 6 performances per week – Tuesdays to Fridays at 8.15pm; and two shows on Saturdays, at 5pm and 8.15pm.
Call the theatre on 011 883-8606; or book online at www.theatreonthesquare.co.za. Enquire about group discounts and dinner show packages by arrangement with many of the adjacent upmarket new restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City.