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FISHERS OF HOPE

FISHERS OF HOPE FISHERS OF HOPE
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 4 - 31 May 2015
From writer/director of the acclaimed productions Tshepang, Karoo Moose and Solomon and Marion comes Fishers of Hope, a brand new work by the multi-award-winning Lara Foot.
She has teamed up with researchers Nina Swart and Masai warrior Miyere Miyandazi to create a tale struck through with magical realism and a score richly textured with authentic Kenyan music. The story is brought to life by a dynamic cast, led by Mncedisi Shabangu who played the role of the storyteller in Foot’s Tshepang.
A rapacious fish vendor, desperate for merchandise, decides to sell her beautiful young niece to a group of fishermen in return for their catch of the day. The deal is that the fisherman who catches the biggest fish gets to sleep with the aptivating young woman. Tragedy strikes when a new and very keen fisherman comes to town to live with his older brother.
For three consecutive days he is lucky enough to win the catch of the day, and for three consecutive days he has sex with the beautiful girl. On the third day, he falls in love. As his need for the biggest fish grows desperate, his thirst for hope is unquenchable. Set along the lakes of Kenya, Fishers of Hope explores the theme of hope: its essence, its longevity and its possible demise. The exploitation of the lake due to the need of the locals and greed of the multinationals becomes the metaphor for the world and its capacity for hope.
Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

MOTHER OF ALL EATING

MOTHER OF ALL EATING MOTHER OF ALL EATING
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 7 -30 MAY 2015
Written by Zakes Mda
Directed by Makhaola Siyanda Ndebele

The Mother of All Eating is a one-man satire exploring the unfortunate culture of corruption known as "eating". This culture has become synonymous with corrupt state officials who enrich themselves by abusing government funds.
This evergreen play centres on a character called The Man (the principal secretary to a government minister). The Man is corrupt to the core, and has thoroughly enriched himself within the ranks of his government. He is the main figure implicated in a recent government tender deal gone wrong. The deal comes back to haunt him, causing his extravagant lifestyle to come to an abrupt end.
Set in Lesotho in the 1980s, this timeless classic by Zakes Mda exposes the greed, the destructive mindsets and the tragic effects that accompany corruption.
The Mother of All Eating was first performed at the Sechaba Hall of the Victoria Hotel in Maseru, Lesotho, in 1992. It enjoyed great popularity there, and subsequently toured Europe. In 2010, the play was produced for a new generation at the Drama for Life South African Theatre Season, with the theme Honouring the Archive: Theatre, Memory and Social Justice. The play then travelled to the Maitisong Theatre Festival in Botswana as well as to Lesotho, where it was once again warmly received. In 2012, it was staged at the Arts Alive International Festival in Johannesburg.
The Mother of All Eating is directed by Makhaola Siyanda Ndebele. It stars two actors – Mpho Osei-Tutu and Jerry Mntonga – as The Man, accompanied by Bernett Mulungo on piano. The play may have been written more than 20 years ago, but it deals with issues that South Africans continue to experience every day – such as betrayal by those in power and the rank neglect of disadvantaged communities.
Production information
Playwright: Professor Zakes Mda
Director: Makhaola Siyanda Ndebele
Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

VETTIE VETTIE

VETTIE VETTIE VETTIE VETTIE
VENUE: DRAMA THEATRE
DATE: 5 – 25 APRIL 2015
Na die sukses van die landswye toer van die treffer komedie Vettie Vettie is die produksie te sien by die Pretoria Staatsteater vir ‘n beperkte seisoen.
Vettie Vettie is ‘n ongewone liefdesverhaal waar die grootte van 'n vrou, nie die grootte van 'n man se hart kan keer nie. Warm, skreeusnaaks en verrassend.
Vicky (gespeel deur Michelle Botha) is 'n suksesvolle eienares van 'n boekwinkel in London, enkellopend en ooglopend vet. Wanneer sy haar droomman, Tom Delport (Christiaan Schoombie), ontmoet, besluit sy sy gaan nou eens en vir altyd van haar vetrolletjies ontslae raak en haar prins vang.
Dis egter nie so maklik om gewig te verloor nie, veral nie as een van jou huismaats ‘n gourmet kok is en jou ander huismaat jou gereeld herinner aan al jou gefaalde dieëte nie.
Henri (Tobie Cronjé) ken Vicky al lank genoeg om te weet dat haar maerword-voornemens nooit lank hou nie, en hy put “groot” genot daaruit om haar siel uit te trek. Hy is beslis nie baie taktvol nie en glo ook nie aan eufemismes nie, hy sê wat hy dink.
James (Luan Jacobs) is 'n gourmet-kok wat nooit net doodgewone rys, vleis en aartappels kan kook nie. Hy werk deur die dag vir Vicky in die boekwinkel en het ‘n sagte plekkie vir haar.
Gaan die arme Vicky daarin slaag om die man van haar drome se hart te wen?
Die regie word behartig deur die nimlike akteur en regisseur André Odendaal.
Vettie Vettie is deur Johan Bernard vertaal en deur Pierre van Pletzen verwerk van Charles Laurence se trefferkomedie My Fat Friend.
Vervaardiger: Kosie Smit (Kosie House of Theatre)
Meer inligting oor die stuk is op www.kosie.biz / www.statetheatre.co.za
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Skedule:
20:00 Dindag to Vrydag
15:00 en 20:00 Saterdag
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ROAD TO DAMASCUS

ROAD TO DAMASCUS  ROAD TO DAMASCUS
VENUE: MOMENTUM THEATRE
DATE: 10 APR - 2 MAY 2015
Road to Damascus tells a fascinating journey of Goodwill Matyutyu who mirrors the story of Apostle Paul in the bible. We meet and journey with these character’s lives, challenges and stereo typicality portrayal of Christianity. Pastor Boitumelo visits prisons to tell prisoners about God and his son Jesus Christ, Goodwill Matyutyu appears to be the chosen one out of many in that chaotic environment to lead God’s work. Joyously he gets an early release under parole and has to serve the community and continue the good he did in Prison.
A group of young people along with Pastor Goodwill Matyutyu work on changing their lives and living according to the word. The journey takes us through a rough path filled with regret, confusion, forgiveness, sacrifice, faith and patience, the truth behind life mirrors each of them. Aunty who is a guardian to Monwabiso is the woman in the middle of these situations and she takes all that happens as an adult and advices each to forgive.
A long walk from serving years in prison, Matyutyu goes to the townships as a saved and born again Pastor for a new beginning. There comes a time in life when you breathe and think the past has long passed only to find yourself digging your past unconsciously. Throughout his journey temptation attacks him from all walks of directions, his past tries to catch up with him. His main objective is to prevent what happened to him from affective others. Told through song and drama Road to Damascus is a new production that introduces the young talent of Bongani Benedict Masango and an exciting team of young artists.
Bongani Bennedict Masango : Writer, Director and Composer Moses “Strike Moshe” Tholo : Musical Director, Music Arranger and Composer Percy Mthunzi : Music Arranger and Composer Thamsanqa Langeni : Music Arranger and Producer .
Performance schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

LENONG LA GAUTA

LENONG LA GAUTA LENONG LA GAUTA
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 13 - 27 March 2015
Lenong La Gauta ke mohuta wa padi ye e bitṧwago padi ya botseka. E bitṧwa bjalo ka ge e ithekgile godimo ga dinyakiṧiṧo tseo di nepilwego go kgoboketṧa bohlatse bjo ka bjona yo mongwe a kago begwa goba go latofatṧwa ka bosenyi. Go na le dihlopha tse pedi tṧa banyakiṧiṧi mo padding ye: Nnono Molaba yo e lego magogorwana goba setlaboswana mo mererong ya dinyakiṧiṧo le maphodisa ao motho a ka rego ke bomatwetwe mo go taba ya go dira dinyakiṧiṧo Learners who would like to make bookings may contact Nkhensani Mafuyeka on Nkhensani@statetheatre.co.za
Performance schedule:
Time: 12:00 daily

LEVITICUS 20:13

LEVITICUS 20:13  LEVITICUS 20:13
VENUE: MOMENTUM THEATRE
DATE: 4 - 14 MARCH 2015
The play starts with the introduction of a gay couple that lives together in the City. The couple is kidnapped by a woman that followed one of the partners to their flat and kept hostage in an old abandoned and dilapidated building. During this time the couple are tortured mentally and physically.
The couple starts to question why they became the victims of this woman and ultimately realises that their kidnapper’s intent is based on Leviticus 20:13. As she continuously quote certain sections of the verse as a means of answering their pleas for her to let them go. By the time they discover this, their kidnapper is about to start the execution as alluded to in Leviticus 20:13. The couple tries their best to convince their kidnapper not to go through with her plans by using other verses from the Bible. However it seems that this only brings their love for one another into question and puts it to the test. The couple are pushed to the edge and ultimately forced to make decisions based on survival. These moments allows the audience to witness, and question notions around love. Significantly, Leviticus 20:13 highlights the idea of unconditional love shared between two people.
Performance schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: Click here to book

KUDELA OWAZIYO

KUDELA OWAZIYO KUDELA OWAZIYO
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 12 - 26 March 2015
Kudela Owaziyo, a stage adaptation by P. B. Maphumulo. Kudela Owaziyo, is a zulu play that depicts a society that is affected by social issues such bribery, xenophobia, abuse and betrayal, influenced by cultural and biblical beliefs. Learners who would like to make bookings may contact Nkhensani Mafuyeka on Nkhensani@statetheatre.co.za
Performance schedule:
Time: 12:00 daily

TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS

TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS
VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
DATE: 14 & 28 FEBRUARY 2015
14 February: Vernak Comedy One Man Show: Part 1 with Itu Bochele. 28 February: Vernak Comedy One Man Show: Part 2 with Pastor A
Performance schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: R80 at the door, R60 at Computicket
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JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS

JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS JAZZ & AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS
VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE
DATE: 13, 20 & 27 FEBRUARY 2015
13 February: Steve Dyer & Nono Nkoane. 20 February: Nduduzo Makhathini & Thunzi. 27 February: Prince Lengoasa & the Ambassadors of Peace & Thandi Ntuli
Performance schedule:
Time: 20:00
Tickets: R100 at the door, R80 at Computicket
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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 24-28 FEBRUARY 2015
First published in 2002, the play tells a complex South African story exploring subtle issues of family, siblings, rivalry, truth, justice, forgiveness and reconciliation. Nothing but the Truth is the story of two brothers, of sibling rivalry, of exile, of memory and reconciliation, and the ambiguities of freedom. Nothing but the Truth (2002) was John Kani's debut as sole playwright and was first performed in the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. This play has been selected by the South African National Department of Education for study in Grade 12 - (Wits University Press).
Performance schedule:
Time: 09:00 and 12:00 daily
Tickets: R60 per learner

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