AWARD-WINNING SHOWS AT THEHEX Award-Winning, captivating, creative shows THIS MONTH>>

2016-02-10 06:00
PHOTO: supplied TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande perform in two award-winning shows at the Hexagon Theatre next week.

PHOTO: supplied TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande perform in two award-winning shows at the Hexagon Theatre next week.

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Woza Albert! is one of the plays for which South African theatre is best known internationally. Its style of storytelling has inspired and influenced theatre companies around the world, and remains one of the most vibrant examples of satirical anti-apartheid South African theatre, and is often referred to as the forerunner of “protest theatre”. It demonstrates innovation and creativity during a seminal period of theatre in this country.

This classic of South African theatre asks what would happen if Christ (Morena) came back to eighties-apartheid South Africa. The show is primarily a satire that highlights the absurdities of apartheid and displays the talents of two dextrous actors, in this case, Zondi and Nzimande, who play a range of ordinary characters on the street.

Directed by Peter Mitchell, the production is a high energy explosion of creativity and humour with a dark edge as Morena’s life is relived in an apartheid context.

Bringing Woza Albert! to the stage honours the creative genius of Barney Simon, and reminds us of the tragic lunacy that was apartheid, as well as the continued search for compassionate, intelligent and humane leadership. This production looks back from a new perspective at what changed the face of “poor theatre” worldwide.

Termite! Tall tales for Big People

The astute Termite! combines theatre, satire and a dash of lunacy as it blends traditional folk tales with modern South African life. This fast-paced trilogy of stories tells tales of various animals as they take on minicab taxis, Colonel Sanders and try to explain why dogs sniff each other’s behinds. This is satire of the most hilarious and cutting variety.

Fresh from winning the coveted Audience Favourite Award at the Musho! Festival and having full houses at last year’s Hilton Arts Festival, Termite performers Zondi and Nzimande have made a name for themselves nationally as Ovation Award winners for Woza Albert!, as well as their moving performances in The Island. They have just received rave reviews for their performances in the annual adult Panto in Durban, Aladdin - Grey Street.

Written by Greig Coetzee, performed by Zondi and Nzimande and directed by Peter Mitchell, it is more wacky than the combination of the high energy performance style of Zondi and Nzimande and Coetzee’s brilliant penmanship. - Supplied.

Both shows will be running at the Hexagon - on Tuesday, 16 FebruaryWoza Albert! will show at 10.30am and Termite 6.30pm and Wednesday, 17 February, Termite 10.30am and Woza Albert! at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost R60 per person and R50 for pupils per show. To book email
hexagon@ukzn.ac.za
For more information phone 033 260 5537.

‘WOZA ALBERT!’

TWO acclaimed award-winning productions will be performed at the Hexagon next week, with some shows especially for schools.

TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande are back with their remarkable performances.

Woza Albert! won an Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2015 and Termite! Tall Tales for Big People has just won the top award at the recent Musho! Festival in Durban.

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