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


She Bellows

She Bellows She Bellows
Date: 15 - 25 May 2014
Venue: Intimate Theatre
Synopsis: A story about women by women. Confrontational, it asks you to understand, even as you are offended. Women have a lot to vent after so many years of suppression.
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The Crowd

The Crowd The Crowd
Date: 24 April - 4 May 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
Synopsis: In a marriage that started as a childhood romance, a young union is unsettled as twisted fate in the form of lust and jealousy settles in. Worst of all, an unborn child is made a pawn in the young adult’s grave game of life and love. Told through song, bitter word and shocking action, three lives cast to the point of no return, the point where “three is a crowd”, as the saying goes.
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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 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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Silent

Silent Silent
Date: 8 - 18 May 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
Synopsis: A young woman called Anna suddenly gives voice to her repressed childhood pain and tells us a horrible story of the things her step father did to her as a child. We realise that through her finally speaking about this she achieves some sort of catharsis and closure. This is a story about the pain that often cripples us as human beings, but it is also about healing and the human capacity to forgive.
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Forgiveness

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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Beating the Ground

Beating the Ground Beating the Ground
Date: 20 March – 06 April 2014
Venue: Momentum Theatre
Synopsis: Beating the Ground is an African story told through dance and music celebrating the heritage of the African people. It is an example to the African people to remember what brings them together, their Ubuntu, and their traditional belief systems. Through traditional and spiritual expressions of song and dance, the shows serves as a reminder of the best values inherent in being African. It is about the celebration of the African identity.
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