Heart of Redness on stage

2015-08-13 06:00
Luvo Tamba and Mfundo Tshazibane from the Magnet Theatre currently in rehearsals for Heart of Redness. 

Mark Wessels

Luvo Tamba and Mfundo Tshazibane from the Magnet Theatre currently in rehearsals for Heart of Redness. PHOTO: Mark Wessels

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A new musical adaptation of Zakes Mda’s novel, Heart of Redness will soon be on stage at the Fugard Theatre.

Presented by Cape Town Opera and Magnet Theatre the production will be performed by a multi-talented 15-member cast comprising of Magnet Theatre and UCT Drama School graduates and some of the Cape Town Opera’s youngest members.

They’ll be directed by Mark Fleishman with music by Neo Muyanga, movement direction by Jennie Reznek and designs by Craig Leo.

Fleishman say Heart of Redness is difficult to define or package, but that’s exactly what he wanted. The musical uses elements of operatic, choral and traditional music styles to tell its story.

Shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Writers Prize, Heart of Redness speaks of South African village life against the backdrop of a notorious episode from the country’s past.

Camugu, who left for America during apartheid, has returned to Johannesburg. Disillusioned by the problems of the new democracy, he travels to the remote Eastern Cape where, in the nineteenth century, a teenage prophetess named Nonqawuse commanded the Xhosa people to kill their cattle and burn their crops, promising that once they did so the spirits of their ancestors would rise and drive the occupying English into the ocean. The production will be staged at the Fugard Thetare from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 August

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