Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) this year presents two works, Ngizwise and Man Longing, in a double bill that both delights and strikes terror in the hearts of its audience.
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Three women take the stage, lit only by two hand-held lights. The powerful voices of the women resound in the small venue.
Motswana playwright Tefo Paya describes himself as a “closet writer”, who aims to put on “relatable” productions. In his Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning piece Morwa: The Rising Son, he gives snapshots of his protagonist’s life, drawing attention to their different life experiences.
Vicky’s is a small venue and currently it is lit like the Amsterdam red light district. Outside, a heavy mist descends on Grahamstown and the coloured street lights glow eerily. Inside, the Evil Queen appears from the back of the stage, carrying a single candle.
Three Blind Mice, Rob van Vuuren’s flagship play, opened to a full house at the Rhodes Theatre on Monday night. The show is one of the 2015 Festival’s most anticipated productions, with every show selling out.
The Island, written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, is a play that belongs to a different age of South African theatre. This particular revival – directed by Peter Mitchell – is being staged in a Masonic Hall where the audience perches on crimson backless bleachers seemingly designed to inflict a hundred different agonies.
A dramatic and clever one-woman show using music, voice and captivating storytelling, brings us the real story behind Snow White’s evil stepmother. If you ever wondered who she really was and how she came to be, come along and meet her.
This play explores the mind of Millie, a middle aged woman with a secret, and the two vastly different tenants in her house. The dialogue is thickly accented and punctuated with Millie’s chain smoking. It’s slow going throughout, but that the twist at the end takes you by surprise.
This one-man act depicts the story of a Tswana boy who moves from his rural home to Jozi’s dizzy lights. He gets his heart broken and fails to understand what it means to be a man in the new SA. The traditional African musical accompaniment is as important to the production as what you see on stage.
Whilst showing the way in which poverty and other socio-economic problems can be eliminated, it also gives an honest experience of how South Africa grapples with these issues past and present.
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