‘District Six – KANALA’, created by David Kramer to commemorate the declaration of District Six as a “whites only” group area in 1966, is returning to The Fugard Theatre for the festive season, from November 22.
The musical, produced by Eric Abraham for the Fugard Theatre, opened precisely 50 years to the day after the Group Areas Act declared District Six as a “whites only” area and played to capacity for 5 months.
“I am truly honoured by the heartfelt response to Kanala that we received from the local community. I know that Taliep would have been thrilled to have his work showcased in a theatre in Caledon Street, which was once part of District Six,” says Kramer
‘KANALA’ celebrates and recreates some of the vibrant musical culture that was part of 1960s District Six.
Popular music that reverberated through Hanover Street, the Star Bioscope, the Tafelberg Hotel, the La Fiesta, the Drill and City Hall and the Green Point Track is exuberantly recreated on stage.
Returning to reprise their roles this season are Loukmaan Adams (‘District Six the Musical’, ‘Kat & the Kings’), Carmen Maarmen (‘Ghoema’), Carlo Daniels (‘Some Like It Vrot’, ‘Orpheus in Africa’), Natasha Hess (‘West Side Story’, ‘Orpheus in Africa’), Sne Dladla (2016 Fleur De Cap Winner for ‘Orpheus in Africa’), Edith Plaatjies (‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Orpheus in Africa’), Kashiefa Blaauw (‘Remembering The Lux’) and Cleo Raatus (‘Black Dog’, ‘The Fall’). Anray Amansure will play the role of the Narrator.
The majority of the songs featured in ‘KANALA’ were written by Kramer and his partner, the late Taliep Petersen. The show features such evergreens such as ‘The Seven Steps of Stone’, ‘Lonely Girl’, ‘Sexy Boys’, ‘Mavis’ and ‘It’s New Year’. There are also traditional songs and new Kramer compositions such as ‘11th of February’, ‘Cowboy’ and ‘Vandag Issie Dag’.
The performers are supported by a live six piece band, under the leadership of Dylan Roman and the guidance of Musical Director Alistair Izobell. The set is designed by Saul Radomsky, with costumes by Birrie le Roux.
Tickets ranging from R130 to R220, are available through The Fugard Theatre’s Box Office on 021 461 4554 or Computicket outlets.
Family of Four Specials for the first four Thursdays of the run are available from the Fugard Theatre Box Office only.