15 July – 10 August 2014
This is a drama with music about service delivery protests at a certain (fictional) municipal district in Mpumalanga. The community of this area has had enough of the lack of service delivery of their municipality. They organise themselves andask the Mayor to meet them at the local stadium to discuss the problems that they are faced with. There, at the stadium they wait for the Mayor, who never pitches. In their anger the community goes on a looting rampage, rioting all over the village. They burn shops and burn municipal offices. Riot police are called in to quell the riots, but this only escalates to complete chaos as rioters, other innocent villagers and police are killed. All this is told with characters representing all sectors of the conflict: the politician, the activist, the shopkeeper, the worker, the unemployed civilian. The play is about how the voiceless people find voice in song and violence in the tradition of Marikana and many violent protests around the country. The play serves to examine why South Africans are so quick to resort to violence and examines whether South Africa’s legacy of violence from the Apartheid era can be shaken off or not. It is about the celebration of the right to protest, the right to be heard, all told with some song and dance and didactics, much in the tradition of Brecht’s plays. Writer & Director: Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, Set Designer: Wilhelm Disbergen, Lighting Designer: Declan Randal, Cast: Bongani Masango, Madge Ntamo, Kedibone, Tholo, Pulane Jantjies, Melissa Matshikiza, Mlamla Yiso, Choreographer: TBC, Composer: TBC, Stage Manager: Irene Mathe, Assistant Stage Manager: TBC, Age Restriction: 13 LV.