House of Truth to host bio play of Can Themba

2017-10-11 06:01
The House of Truth actor and producer, Sello Maake kaNcube, is a highly revered South African actor and director. He has also performed on some of the most prestigious stages worldwide. Photo:Neo Ntsoma

The House of Truth actor and producer, Sello Maake kaNcube, is a highly revered South African actor and director. He has also performed on some of the most prestigious stages worldwide. Photo:Neo Ntsoma

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THE House of Truth will be hosting a bio-play based on Can Themba’s life from today until Saturday at The Barn Theatre in the Opera House.

The production premiered at the prestigious National Arts Festival in Grahamstown to rave reviews and sold-out shows last year.

It also opened the 2017 Market Theatre season to sold-out shows.

Flowing from the pen of Grahamstown-born writer Siphiwo Mahala and starring the venerable Sello Maake kaNcube, the play is laced with wit, humour and a deep sense of irony.

It reveals the circumstances that inspired some of Themba’s most intriguing works, as well as some profound aspects of his life that are barely written about.

The play also weaves together Themba’s complex life story including his troubles with the Transvaal Department of Education, which, in spite of him holding a degree from the University of Fort Hare and passing English with a distinction, refused to recognise him as a fully-fledged teacher.

With the House of Truth, Themba was opening a platform for candid debate with those who were interested in intellectual engagement.

According to Stan Motjuwadi, Themba’s former student, the House of Truth was “Can’s way of cocking a snook at snobbery, officialdom and anything that smacked of the formal.

“Everybody but a snob was welcome at the House of Truth.”

This enthralling piece of theatre is presented by one of South Africa’s most accomplished and internationally revered actors.

A cash bar will be available at the Ideas Corner Bar (upper foyer) and the Sweet Counter at the ground floor and will be open an hour before the show begins and after the show.

The times are as follows: tomorrow to Friday at 7pm and Saturday from 2pm and 7pm.

Single tickets are available for R100, double tickets for R150 and students and pensioners for R50.

Bookings and ticket sales can be arranged through Cingiwe Skosana at cingiwe.skosana@gmail.com or Nomgcobo Mkize at nomgcobomkize@gmail.com.

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