This is a difficult review to write. While Suster excels on a number of counts, certain elements in the work make it an ambivalent experience overall.
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Interplay, which features an almost all-Joza Township cast, uses the Xhosa tradition of storytelling to educate one another about the benefits of the Internet, but I wish the cast would have studied acting and staging.
The musician sits stage right. He is surrounded by instruments: a triangle, wind chimes, cymbals and a huge tin bucket. There are a line of pedals on the ground at his feet, to control the sound of his warm red acoustic guitar. He plucks and strums, smiling genially at passing audience members.
Every moment where you can watch a play or show at a festival that deals with a sensitive subject matter without it becoming a simplistic victimisation narrative is like being a deep water diver coming up for air.
This show is good: but don’t trust me, trust the man himself. Shortly after the South African premier of Masote’s Dream, Matlhaela Michael Masote, on whose life this musical is based, wept, saying the play reminded him of how far he – and we as a nation – had come.
While the efforts of the production must not go unrecognised, we found it slightly difficult to enjoy the play beyond what it was – a contemporary adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy.
The international award -winning production, The Girls, is a devastating retelling of the abduction of one of the 139 school girls from Northern Uganda in 1996. The play also refers to the many women abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria last year Thirteen years after her abduction in Aboke in Uganda, schoolgirl Ann manages to escape in the chaos created during a helicopter attack by the Ugandan army.
Several student directors – all of them women – are presenting work at this year’s Festival that deals with the complexities of gender and sexuality.
Close to 200 people queued up for this year’s free performance of Woza Albert! Many were turned away. It is a tribute to director Peter Mitchel and his team that this quintessential anti-apartheid play still draws audiences like ants to syrup.
The minimalist stage holds a board to represent a ship surrounded by water. The backdrop is clear plastic. The stage suddenly darkens and six sailors appear, discussing a play about the tragic Danish prince, Hamlet.
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