Two award-winning productions will be performed at the Hexagon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus this week, with some shows especially for schools.
Both shows feature the talents of TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande. Woza Albert! won an Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2015 and Termite – Tall Tales for Big People won the top award at the Musho! Festival in Durban.
Woza Albert! is one of the plays for which South African theatre is best known internationally. Its style of storytelling has inspired and influenced theatre companies around the world, and it remains one of the most vibrant examples of satirical anti-apartheid South African Theatre, and is often referred to as the forerunner of protest theatre. It demonstrates innovation and creativity during a seminal period of theatre in this country.
This classic of South African theatre asks what would happen if Christ (Morena) came back to 1980’s apartheid South Africa. The show is primarily a satire that highlights the absurdities of apartheid and displays the talents of two dextrous actors, who play a range of ordinary characters on the street.
Directed by Peter Mitchell, the production is a high energy explosion of creativity and humour with a dark edge as Morena’s life is relived in an apartheid context.
Bringing Woza Albert! to the stage honours the creative genius of Barney Simon, and reminds us of the tragic lunacy that was apartheid, as well as the continued search for compassionate, intelligent and humane leadership. This production looks back from a new perspective at what changed the face of poor theatre worldwide.
Termite! Tall tales for Big People, written by Greig Coetzee, is also directed by Mitchell.
The delicious and astute Termite! combines physical theatre, satire and a dash of lunacy as it blends traditional folk tales with modern South African life.
This fast-paced trilogy of stories tells tales of various animals as they take on Minicab Taxis, Colonel Sanders and try to explain why dogs sniff each other’s behinds! This is satire of the most hilarious and cutting variety.
The show comes to the Hexagon Theatre fresh from winning the coveted Audience Favourite Award at the Musho! Festival in Durban and having full houses at last year’s Hilton Arts Festival.
The shows will be staged as follows:
- Tuesday, February 16 at 6.30 pm – Termite
- Wednesday, February 17 at 10.30 am – Termite; 6.30 pm – Woza Albert!
Cost: R60 (R50 for students) per show. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiries: 033 260 5537.