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


TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS


TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS
VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE


DATE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2015
Thapelo Mametja, Bethuel Giwu (The Blacc Jew), Kgomotso Madimetja and Mavusana VR6
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DATE: 26 SEPTEMBER 2015 – THE LOVE AFFAIR
14:00 – Kedibone Mulaudzi
16:00 – The Young Gunz of SA
18:00 – Brra Thabiso
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20:00 – Kedibone Mulaudzi, Eugene Khoza, Trevor Gumbi & many more
LATER: After party with DJ’s Mo Flava, DJ Mphulo, Thabi Thabs & many more
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JAZZ AND AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS


 

JAZZ AND AFRICAN MUSIC NIGHTS
VENUE: RENDEZVOUS THEATRE


DATE: 11 September 2015: Tlokwe Sehume and Shalamoka Dancers
Tlokwe Sehume
One of the country’s most diverse and conceptual musicians cum artists is undoubtedly Tlokwe Sehume. His music is spiritual with a thrust on African indigenous cultures encompassing music and instruments. He says of his music “its music of the day before yesterday for a people of the day after tomorrow” - Mmino wa thaba - Music of the mountains.
Shalamoka Dancers
Shalamoka was formed by Anna Ngomani and Julia Ngomane. This Tsonga group started in 1981 at the village of Klipgat near Mabopane. The group consists of 22 members mostly whom are pensioners. And also family members formed the group.  The group performed a long time ago on old television TV2 on programs called Lepologa and Dinaledi. The group has performed at the Union Building on numerous Freedom Day celebrations and during Heritage Month at Pretoria show grounds for traditional games as well as in the North West performed at Montshioa Stadium. In 2011 the group travelled to Jakarta in Indonesia.
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DATE: 18 September 2015: De-Makhotla and Melodi Ya Mamelodi
De-Makhotla
De Makhotla was born in the Mid-sixties at Bloemfontein and later moved to the dusty small town called Mafeking, which later became Mafikeng, when he was four years old. Music has always came first for De Makhotla as he always participated in musical activities, which included singing with his mother at church and being in a mist of boys who will be busy making hand-made guitars.
Melodi Ya Mamelodi
The organization was established by Mr.  M. Mothiba in 2008, when he was inspired by seeing youngsters performing in the streets and decided to rope them in to form the group. With the aims of teaching and performing African traditional dance to promote and preserving our different African cultures to the youth as well as young children from an early age  in previously disadvantaged communities.
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DATE: 25 September 2015: Zodwa Mabena and Drumline
Zodwa Mabena
She studied at Heritage School of Music as a singer and a pianist. She later realized her passion for bass and took extra lessons. She played for a school band and she composed, arranged and sung for the school band whilst playing bass at times piano. She graduated with Unisa and teaching music privately. She later got an offer she could not refuse when asked to join the band. She is an active committed member of Ladies in jazz and a music tutor. With the experience she has, Zodwa Mabena has also decided to work on her solo career, she will be releasing her album soon. Zodwa has also recently spread her wings in the world of arts .She is presently doing theatre production called Bubbly bosoms, where she will be performing on theatre stage. The show will be showing soon.
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HOME THEATRE (SA)


Home Theatre (SA) is an exciting, new festival where an actor is asked to create a unique show for the host in the host’s own home. The show will be based on the host’s personal, experiences, likes and dislikes. The host will be in charge of inviting his/her family and friends to the performance. 
This will happen in 30 different homes across Tshwane at the same time, and all performances will take place at the same time on Sunday, 27 September 2015 and should be no longer than 30 minutes. Performances will be recorded and screened at The State Theatre on Saturday 17 October and Sunday 18 October 2015, they will also be screened at The State Theatre’s website on the same dates as part of an exciting event to broadcast Home Theatre SA to the rest of the world.
The South African State Theatre invites anyone interested in Tshwane to apply and be part of this exciting and refreshing festival called “Home Theatre (SA)”.



THE IMAGINED LAND


DATE: 2 – 28 NOVEMBER 2015
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE

Craig Higginson’s THE IMAGINED LAND 
DIRECTED BY: Malcolm Purkey 
SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNED BY: Denis Hutchinson
FEATURING: Nat Ramabulana, Janna Ramos Violante and Fiona Ramsay
A famous Zimbabwean novelist is about to undergo brain surgery. Her daughter, a literary critic studying in America, is coming home to Johannesburg to take care of her. A young biographer – also originally from Zimbabwe – arrives at the front door, requesting to write the biography of the woman who changed the course of his life.
Craig Higginson – the writer of Dream of the Dog and The Girl in the Yellow Dress – returns with a new state of the nation play for our troubled, troubling times. How do we represent ourselves through narrative? How do we represent each other? Is it true – as Oscar Wilde claimed – that all criticism is a form of autobiography? This gripping, witty, sexy, heady drama draws on echoes from the lives of Doris Lessing and Nadine Gordimer – but soon evolves into a timely meditation on some of the central dilemmas of our time.


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QAPHELA CAESAR


QAPHELA CAESAR
A dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

DATE: 14 – 31 OCTOBER 2015

VENUE: ARENA THEATRE


PRESENTED BY: The South African State Theatre In Association With Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre
CONCEPT AND DIRECTION BY: Jay Pather
CHOREOGRAPHY: Jay Pather and The Company
Qaphela Caesar is an interdisciplinary contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. This complex site-specific work by Jay Pather, is based in a world of power struggles and politics. Shakespeare’s classic text about honour, patriotism and friendship has been reworked by Pather to examine corruption and political power from a modern African perspective. It explores betrayal, prophesy, the power of political structures and the position of the individual within it. 

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TSHWANE YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL 2015


DATE: 3 AUG – 5 SEPT 2015
VENUE: VARIOUS


Tshwane Youth Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the arts. This prestigious event takes place every August/September on the sought after Opera Theatre of The State Theatre, Pretoria. For many primary, high, dance and art schools, this event is a permanent entry on their calendars.

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BLACK BIRD


DATE: 2 – 26 SEPTEMBER 2015
VENUE: MOMENTUM THEATRE

PRESENTED BY: THE SOUTH AFRICAN STATE THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROBYN McHARRY
DIRECTED BY: VANESSA COOKE 
STARRING: LIONEL NEWTON AND ROBYN Mc HARRY
SET & LIGHTING DESIGN: WILHELM DISBERGEN


Blackbird is a one-act, ninety-minute play written in 2005 by Scottish playwright David Harrower. It is the winner of the 2006 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Best New Play, and the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award, for Best New Play. 
This new version/staging will star Lionel Newton.
The play depicts a young woman meeting a middle-aged man fifteen years after having a sexual relationship, when she was twelve.
At his workplace, 55-year-old Ray (Lionel Newton) is shocked to be visited by a young woman, 27-year-old Una. Fifteen years earlier, when Una was only twelve, the two had a sexual affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has managed to establish a reasonably successful new life under another name, but Una recognized him in a photograph and tracked him down.


 


The Nutcracker


YDCT Performs Nutcracker at State Theatre Drama in November

 

Youth Dance Company of Tshwane brings back this wonderful classic to Pretoria audiences, The Nutcracker at The South African State Theatre, Drama from the 5 -8th November.  

YDCT artistic and management team, Sue Kirkland (director) and Tanja Graafland and Christopher Montague (assistant directors) choreographed this spectacular production for the company in 2009.  This production has been a huge success both in 2009 and 2012.  In keeping with the Christmas theme and the 18th century style this will be the event of the year and will bring the Christmas spirit to everyone’s hearts.

Nigel Hannah, South Africa’s well known character artist will grace the audiences once again as the well-loved Dr Drosselmeyer. Maria Lorca Montoya and Rosa Jiminez have also come on board to choreograph and perform the Spanish divert in Act 2.  It promises to be a sparkling event.

YDCT will be hosting once again a firm favourite amongst the young members of the audience, The Sugar Plum Fairy Party.  During the interval, cupcakes, sweeties and delights are served.  Of course the older members of the audience can join in too.  Children are encouraged to dress up in their finest attire, fairies, princes, soldiers, rats, Nutcrackers anything that takes your fancy, and you might just win a prize!!!!

We hope that you will come and join us during the fun-filled exciting season and that you will leave with the feeling of festive cheer and goodwill in your hearts as our young dancers entertain you in the world of dance.

 

5th Nov @ 19h30:    R100

6th Nov @ 17h00 – R125

7th Nov @ 11h00 - (Sugar Plum Fairy Party) – R175

7th Nov @ 15h00 – R150

8th Nov @ 15h00 – R150

 

For Block Bookings please contact Wendy Seymour            

082 7837 378   wendy@anderley.co.za

All other bookings @ Computicket - click here to book

 


A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE

A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE

DATE: 30 Sep – 24 Oct @ 8pm

Daily, except Sundays and Mondays

VENUE: Momentum Theatre               

A play based on the life and work of Alan Paton by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson 

A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE is a moving and empathetic personal examination of life as portrayed through Alan Paton's own words, stories, poems, and autobiographies. The play highlights the invaluable contribution made by the author of CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY who was, in the words of Douglas Livingstone, a "lighthouse in the South African twilight” during the dark decades leading up to the country's constitutional democracy. Paton's internationally recognised gifts of lyric verse, evocative prose, and vibrant story telling are combined to create a richly dramatic portrait.

The play focuses on the various watersheds in the author's life – his years as Principal of Diepkloof Reformatory, the “toughest black borstal in the southern hemisphere”, where he introduced daring reforms that brought him into conflict with Dr Verwoerd; his position as President of the Liberal Party that led to harassment and a ten year period during which his passport was taken away by the Apartheid Government; his indomitable belief in and daunting struggle for human rights; and the complexities of his personal relationships.

These weighty topics are explored through Paton's interaction with Anne Hopkins who he employed in 1968 as a secretary shortly after the death of his wife, Dorrie. While trying to come to terms with his loss, the memories of his wife and their love for each other are set in contrast to his difficult days at the reformatory some twenty years earlier where he vividly remembers a curious young man called Sponono. This private story plays out against the tumultuous politics of the day as Paton, one of the country’s cultural and political icons, tries to hold together the Liberal Party and himself.

The play - sometimes satirical, often wryly amusing, redolent with Paton's profound love of nature and the devout Anglicanism that sustained him - reveals a complex man who was haunted by the injustices of South African society and whose entire existence and work was dedicated to equality, alleviation of human suffering, and to what he called "the grand theories of freedom and responsibility".

Running time: 90 minutes. No interval. Age Restriction: PG 13 

CREDITS

Directed by Greg Homann, Set Design by Nadya Cohen, Lighting Design by  Michael Broderick, Soundscape by Evan, Roberts, Photography by Anthony Stonier, Alan Paton by Ralph Lawson, Anne Hopkins by Clare Mortimer, Sponono by Menzi Mkhwane, Company Manager by Murray Angus-Leppan, Management by Sue Clarence 

With thanks to The Alan Paton Wills Trust, The Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives, and Anne Paton.

SCHOOL MATINEE PERFORMANCES

Wed 30 Sep, Thu 01 Oct, Fri 09 Oct, Fri 16 Oct & Fri 23 Oct at 10h00


SCHOOL BLOCK BOOKINGS 
(Venue seats 120)
Tickets R50 per learner.  Accompanying educators free of charge (1 per 30 learners).
Contact: lindelwa@statetheatre.co.za; Tel 012 392 4275; 072 269 9037

            


UHAMBO – THE JOURNEY


UHAMBO – THE JOURNEY
VENUE: ARENA THEATRE
DATE: 2 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2015


An epic tale about one boy's adventure during a vibrant yet conflicting time in South Africa. The State Theatre in association with the Sibikwa Arts Centre is proud to present Uhambo.

Set against a gritty backdrop that epitomises Johannesburg, then and now, the audience will become enchanted by Uhambo, seen through the eyes of Mzamo, a scared and vulnerable teenage boy, born in the 1950’s in the Eastern Cape.

Uhambo – The Journey begins on the auspicious occasion of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President of the new South Africa. Far away from the ceremony, in the Eastern Cape, Mzamo, now an old man, sits and listens to Mandela’s speech on his radio and begins to reminisce about his life. Mzamo takes the audience back to the time when he was a fourteen year old boy and embarked on a journey to find his parents in eGoli, a trip that ultimately becomes his journey into manhood.

The harsh system of migratory labour, the ever–growing repression of apartheid forever shadows Mzamo as he travels on trains meeting eclectic and colourful people whose laughter hides abject poverty and suffering. Finally Mzamo finds his parents only to be separated again; he continues his journey this time to the Coal Brook mine where he is confronted with the 1960 Coal Brook disaster.

Uhambo, an inspiring story of true grit, is told through a wondrous mixture of music, dance, drama, mime and dialogue; it atmospherically captures the essence of South Africa during the 1950s.

First presented in 1997, Uhambo, written and directed by Sibikwa directors Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba, was nominated for a Vita Award and toured the USA and South Africa extensively.

Production Schedule:
Time: 20:00
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