Marikana – The Musical, winner of six Naledi Awards, returns to the stage at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria.
Adapted by acclaimed multi-award winning playwright and theatre director, Aubrey Sekhabi from the book We Are Going to kill Each Other Today- The Marikana Story penned by South African writers , Thanduxolo Jika, Felix Dlangamandla, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandwa Saba and Leon Sadiki, the musical looks at the events that led to the loss of 44 lives at the hands of the police and the miners. It goes back to the villages and townships where they came from and give faces and names to the fallen brothers, sons, fathers and uncles.
“Marikana – the Musical has been a humbling experience for us, awards, accolades and public demand it has been a real roller-coaster of emotions for me, the creative team and the cast we hope to continue using art to heal, mourn and most importantly to teach tolerance,” says director, Aubrey Sekhabi.
The 40 strong cast is led by Meshack “Mimi” Mavuso, Aubrey Poo, Emma Mmekwa, and Mpho “Mckenzie” Matome.
At the Naledi Theatre Awards 2014 Marikana – The Musical took home the awards for the best production of a musical (The South African State Theatre), best director (Aubrey Sekhabi), best performance in a musical: female (Emma Mmekwa), best set design (Wilhelm Disbergen), best musical score (Mckenzie Matone, Zakele Mabena and Aubrey Sekhabi), and best original choreography (Thabo Rapoo).
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Marikana – The Musical will be staged in the Drama Theatre at the State Theatre in Pretoria from July 16 to August 16. Go to http://www.statetheatre.co.za/ for more details and to book.