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Fred Wesley Workshop

Fred Wesley Workshop Renowned trombonists Fred Wesley and his quarter promises to wow SA audiences for one night only

Fred Wesley to host Master Class 27 November at the State Theatre

Be entertained by the musical high jinks of renowned American trombonist Fred Wesley on 29 November 2014 at the Wits Theatre. For one night only this much respected arranger and composer, author, musicologist and educator will take Johannesburg audiences on a unique journey of funk, jazz, blues and R&B.

A veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, Wesley began his career playing for Ike and Tina Turner. He worked with James Brown as music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer and joined forces with artists such as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Usher, Pancho Sanchez, the SOS Band and Cameo.  He also performs with Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis and rap star Nas and pop sensation Janet Jackson are among the scores of artists who have sampled his work.

While in South Africa Wesley will also be hosting a Free Workshop at the State Theatre on 27 November from 4pm - 6pm. 

Wesley will be joined by his long-time performance and recording jazz-funk band the New JBs. Join this musical legend for an unforgettable evening of music. Seats are limited. 

Concert details

Event: Fred Wesley Quartet
Date: 29 November
Venue: The Wits Theatre
Time: 8pm
Tickets: R120 at Computicket

Workshop details

Date: 27 November
Venue: The State Theatre
Time: 4pm - 6pm


OPERA ROCKS

OPERA ROCKS OPERA ROCKS
VENUE: OPERA THEATRE
DATE: 10 - 11 DECEMBER 2014
Gauteng-based opera fans will experience, Opera Rocks, a five-star operatic extravaganza - proudly sponsored by Cebekhulu Holdings – which plans to bring down the house at the State Theatre in Pretoria.
Performing on stage is the opera sensation Sibongile Mngoma who will dazzle audiences along with her sensational co-stars, award-winning theatrical performer and singer Joseph Clark, London-based opera soprano star Sally Silver and well-known South African baritone Thabang Senekal. The four singers will be accompanied by the wonderful 45-piece Chamber Orchestra of Johannesburg conducted by Kutlwano Masote.
Performance schedule:
Time: 19:00
Tickets: R450, R300, R350
Tickets: Click here to book

MZANSI FELA FESTIVAL 2014

MZANSI FELA FESTIVAL 2014 MZANSI FELA FESTIVAL 2014
VENUE: VARIOUS VENUES
DATE: 1 – 15 DECEMBER 2014
The SA State Theatre’s annual Mzansi Fela Festival is back again from 1 - 15 December 2013. The Mzansi Fela Festival has become one of the most anticipated festivals of the year in the Tshwane Metropolitan. The festival presents some of the most exciting music, theatre, dance, comedy and poetry in South Africa. Launched in 2007 the festival has grown in leaps and bounds from being “Mzansi on Stage” to “Mzansi Fela Festival” presenting the arts and diversity of our country.
Mainstream theatre performances consist of the old and new works, the festival will also feature dance, comedy, rock and poetry.
And of course the programme would not be complete without the line-up of development theatre productions through the Fieldwork Program, an initiative to unearth the next generations of writers, directors and actors.

Click here to download the full program plus additional performance information


MAIN THEATRE LINE-UP:
Silent Voice will run 3 shows only! Written & directed by Aubrey Sekhabi, starring Presley Chweneyagae, Zenzo Ngqobe, Boitumelo Shisana, Tumelo Mosenye & Motshepe Kgawane
Date: 4 - 14 December 2014
Venue: Arena Theatre
Tickets: Click here to book

Meze, Mira & Makeup produced by Taryn Louch Productions, directed by Renos Nicos Spanoudes
Date: 5, 6 & 7 December 2014
Venue: Intimate Theatre
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Kings of Vernac Comedians featuring Mdu Ntuli, Pastor A, Bra Thabiso, Thabang ER, Simphiwe Shembe, Justice Khubeka, Salesman, Jay Boogie, Pelepele, Smowkey Nyembe & Tshekedi Monyemore
Date: 13 December 2014
Venue: Drama Theatre
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MAIN MUSIC LINE-UP:
Lira
Date: 12 December 2014
Venue: Opera Theatre
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Morayks
Date: 5 December 2014
Venue: Rendezvous Theatre
Tickets: Click here to book


MAHOFI OUTDOOR LINE-UP:
Featuring numerous artist, AIM and genres brought to you by Usuthu.


MZANSI FELA FRINGE LINE-UP:
The Secret Life written & directed by Ronald Manganye
Date: 5 & 9 December 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
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Down Memory Lane written & direted by Kedibone Tholo Manyaka
Date: 8 & 11 December 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
Tickets:Click here to book

The Kraal written & directed by Bongani Masango
Date: 9 & 10 December 2014
Venue: Satchmo’s Court Yard
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#LefeseBoss! written & directed by Sibusiso Nkambule
Date: 2 & 14 December 2014
Venue: Arena Theatre
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Walk Out written by Pius Moyo, directed & choreographed by Kenny Mmekwa
Date: 3 & 4 December 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
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Tormented written & directed by Godfrey Thobejane
Date: 3 & 4 December 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
Tickets: Click here to book


MZANSI FELA COMMUNITY ARTISTS:
Field Work Program:
The Fieldwork Programme is part of The State Theatre’s initiative to develop the performing arts and entertainment fraternity. The purpose of this programme is to ensure that we develop youth in the performing arts industry, and an endeavour towards ensuring that the arts take their rightful position in the whole context of cultural heritage development, moral re-generation and entertainment. The groups are taken step by step through the processes of script writing, directing, acting and production in the form of classes.
All the performing Community Art groups are part of The South African State Theatre Field work program in partnership with TUT Drama Department and TUT’s Entertainment Technology department .


SECOND YEAR FIELD WORK GROUP LINE-UP:
Libuya Liyadla, Toilet, The Curse, So Help Me God! & My Twin
Tickets: Click here to book


FIRST YEAR FIELD WORK GROUP LINE-UP:
Shwele Bawo, Stories Retold, The Distance Remains, The Living Dead, The Three Little Pigs, The Hungry Earth, Sophia Town, Have you seen Zandile? & Bothers in Blood
Tickets: Click here to book


MZANSI FELA WORKSHOPS LINE-UP:
The South African State Theatre will be offering workshops for Dance and Proposal Writing.
To book your seat, please contact:
Thabiso Qwabe on thabiso@statetheatre.co.za

MZANSI FELA COMMUNITY ARTISTS AWARD CEREMONY:
Date: 12 December @ 18:00
Venue: The Arena

TOWNSHIP FUNERAL

TOWNSHIP FUNERAL TOWNSHIP FUNERAL
VENUE: MOMENTUM THEATRE
DATE: 19 – 29 MARCH 2015
The play takes place at the premises of Sis Lucia, who happens to be the late Oupa Motshoeneng’s neighbour and tavern owner. It revolves around the “after tears party” – Wie Sien Ons as they call it Pretoria. Friends and foe of the deceased, Oupa, a very well known and infamous gangster kingpin meet after his funeral to celebrate the death of this hero and villain to others. The big question that is on everybody’s lips is “who really murdered Oupa “Mdala” Motshoeneng?”
The Wie Sien Ons party held after Oupa’s funeral is spoiled by Oupa’s grand-father, ntate Maleka, who hails from Moletji. As a true traditionalist, the old man bemoans and discourages the kind of revelers unbecoming behaviour of ‘honouring the dead” he witnesses. He is perturbed by all that is happening at this joint and also what transpired at the graveyard where cars were spun, music blaring, guns brandished.

MAKING MANDELA

MAKING MANDELA MAKING MANDELA
VENUE: MOMENTUM THEATRE
DATE: 5 – 21 FEBRUARY 2015
1918 marks the birth of Rolihlahla Madiba Mandela as well as the Afrikaner Broedebond. Making Mandela tells the story of two opposing forces with different upbringings, natures, backgrounds and intentions developed in parallel and destined to one day confront each other in a battle for the ultimate freedom of South Africa for all South Africans.

CALL US CRAZY

CALL US CRAZY CALL US CRAZY
VENUE: MOMENTUM THEATRE
DATE: 22 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY 2015
Call us Crazy is essentially a hilarious comedy that sees South Africa laughing at itself. Fast-paced, multi conventional and full of pun and intended meaning, Call us Crazy tells the story of a disillusioned road construction worker, Auntie, whose mission is to tar all the roads in the world.
Having worked for the same construction company over 27 years, Auntie breaks ranks with her colleagues, Half-Half and Amper-Amper, in a huff after concluding that they work for an ungrateful and chauvinistic employer. While Auntie's dream to tar the world sounds like an impossible and idiotic idea, a finer line of an ambitious character emerges as she succeeds in opening her own construction company, which she aptly calls Vuka! Africa Road and Paving Construction Company.
Starring:
Clerise Filen as Half-Half
Maritjie Bothma as Amper-Amper

MUSIC OF QUEEN: THE SHOW MUST GO ON – JOSEPH CLARK & BAND

MUSIC OF QUEEN: THE SHOW MUST GO ON – JOSEPH CLARK & BAND MUSIC OF QUEEN: THE SHOW MUST GO ON – JOSEPH CLARK & BAND
VENUE: OPERA THEATRE
DATE: 5 – 15 FEBRUARY 2015
Those who have never seen this enigmatic artist in action will soon get the chance when he graces the stage at The South African State Theatre in January 2015 Even if you are not a Queen fan, this is the show to convert you. Clark will take you on a roller coaster ride with his powerful renditions of some of the greatest rock songs ever written, including classics like We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust, We are the Champions, I Want to Break Free, Under Pressure, Who Wants To Live Forever, Bohemian Rhapsody and many more.
But, Queen is not all about rock‘n roll. The group also wrote the greatest ballads, anthems, pop, blues and even jazz or disco? The line-up of songs, is like no other “Queen show” in the world. Joseph Clark and his band will “woo” you with songs like You Take My Breath Away, Is This The World We Created, Get Down - Make Love, Killer Queen, Too Much Love Will Kill You, Innuendo, Sleeping On The Sidewalk and more!
Some of the songs they are covering, have never been performed live! These songs were recorded by Freddie before he passed away and no other artist has been or is currently performing this magnitude of jewels from Queen! Director, Elzette Maarschalk says this is not just another QUEEN/Freddie Mercury look-alike show, although one can’t get past the strong on-stage resemblance, physically and vocally between Clark and the iconic Mercury.
The production has all the elements to make up one hugely enjoyable evening as Joseph is taking Queen’s music to another level by performing it in his own individual style. “For me Joseph Clark has long been one of the great interpreters of Queen's music and he certainly doesn't disappoint with this magical performance. His vocal versatility comes magnificently to the fore as he moves effortlessly from the quiet ballads, to blues, to rock.” - Peter Feldman Copyright Artslink.co.za © 1997-2004

TUT ANNUAL STUDENT FASHION SHOW 2014

 TUT ANNUAL STUDENT FASHION SHOW 2014 TUT ANNUAL STUDENT FASHION SHOW 2014
VENUE: OPERA THEATRE
DATE: 28 NOVEMBER 2014
A fashion show and exhibition of the Tshwane University of Technology`s students.
Performance schedule:
Ticket price: R100
Start time: 19h00
Doors open: 18h00
Duration: 3 h 30 min
Tickets:Click here to book

ANNA K

ANNA K ANNA K
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 25 – 30 November 2014
“No one may build their happiness on another’s pain”. In Anna K a battle rages between old and the new ideologies which results in confusion created by fading traditions and an atmosphere of both instability and new potential, as if humans have todecide again how to love.
Bailey Snyman (SBYA for Dance 2012) choreographs a cast of seven in this evocative and exciting work. Inspired by Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Snyman interrogates themes of desire, jealousy, betrayal, class systems and gender roles.
Using accumulation, the work builds to its inevitable climax through: a shift in weight, a hoof flick, a trained trot, controlled rearing. Snyman chooses to use the analogy of Anna as a horse and Anna is seen as, a bucking horse, being ‘broken’ by a brutish man – to break a horse is to train it against its nature, to break its wild spirit. Hers is defied and she submits… becoming the show horse he wants to display. This poignant metaphor provides sharp commentary on entrenched gender roles. Originally produced by the University of Pretoria Drama Department.
Performers: Noxolo Dlamini, Pearl Monamo, Macmillan Mabaleka, Bailey Snyman, Jose Chung, Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo and Michal Swann

SCHOOLBOYS SCHOOLTIME

SCHOOLBOYS SCHOOLTIME SCHOOLBOYS SCHOOLTIME
VENUE: DRAMA THEATRE
DATE: 22 NOVEMBER 2014
It’s a two hour stand-up comedy show where Schoolboy is the main act plus three supporting comedians
Performance schedule:
Performance dates: 22 November 2014 @ 20:00.
Price: R 100.00
Doors/gates Open: 18:00
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes interval
Tickets: Click here to book

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