‘Sarafina’ tour to bring theatre to rural areas

2019-09-11 06:01
Cast members of Sarafina performing. Photo: Supplied

Cast members of Sarafina performing. Photo: Supplied

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The proudly South African and much awarded film, Sarafina, is showing in Bloemfontein until October to celebrate the country’s rich heritage.

This musical, set during the 1976 uprisings in Soweto, deals with the radicalisation of a young school girl who becomes embroiled in the riots and is tortured by the South African Police.

Audiences who love this iconic historic musical can go and see it in the Kagisanong Hall in Bloemfontein.

Sarafina will be staged here until 28 September, with afternoon shows at 12:30 and 15:00, and evening shows at 19:00.

On a Saturday the shows will be at 14:00 and 19:00.

The tour will continue in the Batho Community Hall from 1 to 11 October with the same time schedule as that of the Kagisanong Hall.

This is made possible by the Committed Artists and Tsebepath in association with the Mangaung Metro Municipality.

During 2004, 2005 and 2006, the main character, Sarafina, was played by a Bloemfontein resident youth, Lorato Thekisho during the tour in North West, Gauteng, the Western Cape and the Free State.

Four other cast members were also from Bloemfontein.

The show however did not tour nor perform in areas that constitute townships, rural areas and peri-urban areas vastly populated by previously disadvantaged people.

It only performed in urban places.

The 2019 and 2020 seasons of Sarafina are an attempt to revolutionarise township theatre, bringing theatre of note, to the people in these neglected parts of the country.

Sarafina is a production by Mbongeni Ngema, who wrote it in 1988.

Ngema has written the soundtrack for Sarafina and produced the movie’s soundtrack alongside Quincy Jones.

Tickets are available online at www.webtickets.co.za as well as at Pick n Pay stores at R120 for adults and R90 for learners.

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