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Coming Up Over The Next Few Months



Shows on within the next month at the South African State Theatre.

Absolute Dance

Absolute Dance Absolute Dance
Date: 17 May 2014 @ 15:00 & 19:30
Venue: Drama Theatre
Synopsis: Absolute Dance will be a celebration to commemorate 20 years of Pro Arte Alphen Park and its services to the education of South African dancers. Performances from past and present students will be seen in this extravaganza of South Africa`s talent.
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Mating Birds

Mating Birds Mating Birds
Date: 24 July – 17 August 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
Synopsis: Anyway, very soon now all this will be over. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, the priest will intone. I am grateful for one thing, prison after all is not so bad when you are to hang. Much better this isolation, this quarantine which is like the waiting at a small railway station, before the start of a long journey then plucked from the bossom of family and friends and then dispatched to the scaffold. The outside world is a shadow without reality, a patch of blue sky seen through the bars of a prison window, a slash of sunshine caught suddenly in the unnatural silence of a working day, or a swath of moon beam penetrating into a darkened cell through the high window grille at night. The world is a rumor of trains arriving and departing, of ships honking in the black harbour of voices, laughter and a sudden blast. Written and directed by Mpho J Molepo.
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Protest Protest
Date: 15 July – 10 August 2014
Venue: Drama Theatre
Synopsis: 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.
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Marikana - The Musical

Marikana - The Musical Marikana - The Musical
Date: 30 September - 26 October 2014
Venue: Drama Theatre
Synopsis: Marikana-The Musical is an adaptation by Aubrey Sekhabi of a novel entitled “WE ARE GOING TO KILL EACH OTHER TODAY” The Marikana Story - by Felix Dlangamandla, Thanduxolo Jika, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandwa Saba and Leon Sadiki. Meshack Mavuso and Mpho “Mckenzie” Matome lead a strong cast of 20 that unleashes a blow by blow account of the events that led to the loss of 44 lives at the hands of the police and the miners. Marikana - The Musical will also go back to the villages and townships where they came from and give faces and names to the fallen brothers, sons, fathers and uncles. Twenty years into our democracy, can we say that we are a tolerant society if we can lose so many lives at our own hands? The killing did not start on the day of the shooting and after it started it spread like wildfire and “Tomorrow morning, the men will sing again. Their spears, pangas, inculas and sticks will clatter menacingly. They will recite battle cries from their homelands, and move about in organized columns, raising clouds of dust. But 34 of them will sing for the very last time”. Director: Aubrey Sekhabi, Set Designer: Wilhelm Disbergen, Lighting Designer: Declan Randal, Cast: Meshackmavuso, Mpho”Mckenzie”Matome, Emma Mmekwa And Chorus, Choreographer: Thabo Rapoo, Stage Manager: Sechaba Fanampe, Ass Stage Manager: Simon Makam, Age Restriction: 13 LV
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Next Sunday

Next Sunday Next Sunday
Date: 18 – 27 April 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
Synopsis: This is a play about how 'damage' is handed down from generation to generation. A daughter (Matlakala) has a mother who is an addict and finds herself falling under the same dark cloud as her mother while trying to raise her own daughter Zazi. With the two pivotal women in Zazi's life crumbling under what life has to offer who will save her? Will the ailing and dying grandmother be the saviour? Or are all three generations doomed by some unknown curse? 'Next Sunday' was the winner of the Market Theatre Laboratory's Zwakala Festival and was given a full professional season there. Interesting theatre from a young cast and a young director. Written and directed by Godfrey Thobejane
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Forgiveness Forgiveness
Date: 22 August - 14 September 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
Synopsis: The play Forgiveness is loosely based on an adaption from the Greek tragedy written by Euripides titled Hecuba 424BC. It was first staged at The South African State Theatre for the Youth Xpressions Festival in June 2013 as part of the Drama Competition. Forgiveness is set in the 1990’s during the TRC proceedings. Written and directed by Keamogetswe Moeketsane.
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Exile Exile
Date: 10 April - 04 May 2014
Venue: Arena Theatre
Synopsis: Exile is an adaptation of the famous Euripides Greek play 'Medea'. The setting and action of ancient Greece has now been transposed to contemporary South Africa, dealing with modern South African issues. The play was the winner of the State Theatre's Youth Expressions Festival 2013. And exposes the up and coming young director Kgaogelo Tshabalala as an exciting talent to watch out for.
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Jazz & African Music Nights

Jazz & African Music Nights Jazz & African Music Nights
Date: 11, 18 & 25 April 2014
Venue: Rendezvous Theatre
Synopsis: April 11th 2014 - Estelle Kokoto and Laly
April 18th 2014 - Mabi Thobejane and Jazz Marimba
April 25th 2014 - African Joel Zuma and Tribute Mboweni
Tickets: R80 @ Computicket, R100 @ the door
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Tshwane Comedy Nights

Tshwane Comedy Nights Tshwane Comedy Nights
Date: 19 & 26 April 2014
Venue: Rendezvous Theatre
Synopsis: April 19th 2014 - Born Frees Part 1:
Stig Dlamini, Muzi Dlamini, Gavin Kelly & Lihle Lindzy
April 26th 2014 - Born Frees Part 2:
Phillip Dikotla, Nonkululeko Mthethwa, Tlholo- G & Pabloy
Tickets: R60 @ Computicket, R80 @ the door
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Hunger Hungry
Date: 16 May - 8 June 2014
Venue: Arena Theatre
Synopsis: A research project about food security across the world, encompassing theatre companies from varied countries such as Brazil, Kenya, Belgium, Germany, India and South Africa. The South African State Theatre's research partner is the Cape Town branch of the German institution the Heinrich Boll Stiftung. The idea of the project as first envisaged by the Hamburg Schauspielhaus is to bring theatre companies from across the world together and share their research about food security in their respective countries with each other at a conference which took place in Hamburg in December 2013. The next step is for all the participating countries/companies to develop a theatre production based on the shared research. These productions will then be streamed online to all the participating countries.
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