Sizwe Banzi back on stage

2015-08-27 06:01
Atandwa Kani and Mncedisi Shabangu in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead

Ruphin Coudyzer

Atandwa Kani and Mncedisi Shabangu in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead PHOTO: Ruphin Coudyzer

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Following its resounding success in the United States earlier this year, the South African theatre classic Sizwe Banzi is Dead, will be on stage at the Baxter Flipside until Saturday 12 September.

It is directed by John Kani and stars his son Atandwa Kani and Mncedisi Shabangu.

Forty years ago, John Kani and Winston Ntshona won the Best Actor Tony Award for their performances in the play, which they co-created with Athol Fugard.

It is also almost a decade after Kani and Ntshona reprised their roles in the play at the Baxter Theatre.

The award-winning and iconic production is about the universal struggle for human dignity. A black man in apartheid-era South Africa tries to overcome oppressive work regulations to support his family.

Kani and Ntshona performed the play in South Africa, England and on Broadway, where they jointly won the coveted Tony Awards for Best Actor.

In 1976 they were arrested by the Apartheid Secret Police and were detained in solitary confinement for 23 days. They were only released because of massive demonstrations by the arts fraternity all over the world.

“Sizwe Banzi is Dead became a statement that articulated the anger of black people against these laws,” says the triple Honourary Doctorate recipient, Kani.

“It’s about the universal struggle of identity, of the dignity of the human being, and respect for humanity.”

Tickets cost R120 on Mondays, R130 on Tuesday to Thursday and R150 over weekends. The Baxter Monday special applies where patrons pay R120 which includes a meal and the performance. All tickets are available through Computicket

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