HOT off its premiere at the Royal Court in London and recent Market Theatre run, South African Mongiwekhaya’s latest play, I See You opens on Friday, May 6 at the Fugard Studio Theatre and runs until May 28.
Presented by Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre, this Royal Court (London) and Market Theatre (Johannesburg) production is based on a true story and movingly addresses the questions of a new generation of South Africans encountering their country’s traumatised past. Continue reading
Alex McGregor and Bjorn Steinbach star in Impunity.
WITH themes of corruption and brutality at its centre, filmmaker Jyoti Mistry’s new film Impunity is a profound investigation into contemporary South Africa and the seat of power. In a country where people who commit crime are often seen to be exempt from punishment, or free from the consequences of their actions, the film invites its audience to reflect on the nature of violence. Continue reading
South Africa’s foremost prankster and funny man, Leon Schuster, is back, and his latest film is sure to get South Africans rolling in the aisles with laughter – both at the film, and at themselves. Schuks! Pay Back the Money!, is scheduled to open in cinemas nationwide from Friday, August 28. Continue reading
Athol Fugard’s vibrant play Nongogo, directed by the Market Theatre’s award winning Artistic Director, James Ngcobo is in the running for a prestigious award in Canada.
The play has been nominated in the 36th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, organised by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 22, with Nongogo nominated in the category of outstanding touring production after wowing audiences in at the Canadian Stage in Toronto earlier this year.
The powerful Fugard play is set in a township shebeen in the turbulent 1950s. The shebeen queen falls for a travelling salesman who works past her protective shell, and past the protection of her burly bouncer, to lure her into sharing long-buried secrets. The Market Theatre production pulsed with the raw power of the setting and tension in the lives of the characters, all dreaming of a better life.
Nongogo played in Toronto under a project run by the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) and the Canadian Stage in Toronto. It featured acclaimed actor Desmond Dube, who earned a Naledi Award as the best supporting actor for his performance. Sharing the limelight were Hamilton Dhlamini, Nat Ramabulana, Masasa Mbangeni and Pakamisa Zwedala.
The Dora Mavor Moore Awards were launched in 1978 to recognise outstanding achievements in Toronto theatre. They span 48 categories with the winners chosen by a jury of professionals from the performing arts community.
“It is such an honour for us to receive this nomination, having presented Nongogo at the Canadian Stage. This recognition reminds us that we are on the right track and that the world is open to engaging with our stories, and continues to support and appreciate the work of the Market Theatre. Thank you to Canadian Stage and the NAC for enabling this presentation to happen,’’ said Annabell Lebethe, Market Theatre CEO.