Globetrotting Magnet Theatre back at home with a classic

Globetrotting Magnet Theatre back at home with a classic

Directed by Mark Fleishman and featuring Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa, ‘Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking’ is no stranger to audiences in South Africa and other countries. It is Magnet Theatre’s longest running show with 24 international tours. It has won awards in and outside of South Africa, has toured to three provinces and performed in 17 countries around the world: Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Swaziland, Mozambique, United Kingdom, Argentina, India, Brazil, Sweden, Germany, USA, Japan and France. This very short run at Magnet Theatre, from November 6 to 10, follows after the company’s third invitation to perform in Japan.

‘Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking’ traces the story of a young refugee in Africa who loses family and home brutally and irrevocably, and is forced to journey to a new place through many dangers and uncertainties. It celebrates the resilience of human beings and the healing power of the imagination. The piece was created in September 2006, foreshadowing the first violent attacks on Somali nationals in the Western Cape. It was born out of an intense empathy with, and imagining of, what it must be like to lose home and to feel strange in another place. In 2006 the situation for refugees and asylum seekers in this country was difficult, frustrating and painful, but the piece responded to a sense of the possibilities for healing and renewal. It was created long before forced migration grew to become the theme of our age and is now, with more than 250 million migrants globally, more relevant than ever.

Yisa and Reznek first performed together under the direction of Mark Fleishman in 2004 in ‘Fireraisers’.  Since then this outstanding creative team have worked together in acclaimed productions like ‘Rain In A Dead Man’s Footprints’, ‘Voices Made Night’, ‘Cargo’, ‘Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking’ and ‘Autopsy’. Original music is created by one of South Africa’s most creative and exciting musicians Neo Muyanga, with choreographic sequences by Ina Wichterich. Julia Anastasopoulos has designed the sets and Daniel Galloway the lighting. This is a rare opportunity to see a classic example of physical theatre that has impacted so strongly on the development of theatre in this country.

* Ticket price is R120 for the general public and R60 per ticket for students/ pensioners. Tickets are available at webtickets.co.za.

Call Qondiswa James on 021 448 3436 for more information and block booking rates (+10) at R50 per ticket.

All proceeds will go towards Magnet Theatre’s youth development programmes: The Culture Gangs Programme and the Full Time Training and Job Creation Programme.

Magnet Theatre is at the Old Match Factory, Corner Lower Main and St Michaels Road, Observatory.