A historic musical

2019-01-23 06:00

THREE years after auditions were first held, the Seven Days of War Musical stage play will finally be performed at the Winston Churchill Theatre from January 25 to January 27.

The play is based on the political war that happened in 1992 which affected areas such as Ashdown, Sobantu, Imbali, Edendale, Elandskop and Kwa Shange.

The play is written by well-known Sobantu author Mzi Mngadi and directed by Mvuselelo Buthelezi.

The production has a cast of 30, many of whom hail from the affected areas.

Speaking to Echo, Mngadi said he decided to write this play because he wants to teach the younger generation about the history of the region.

“A lot of young people who were born after 1992 have no idea what happened in the areas they are living in before they were born.

“We opted for a musical because it is something that the youth will enjoy and they will be able receive the message with more clarity, compared to us having a long speech that will end up boring them. We want them to know our history so that they don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.

“It took me 30 days to write and finish the play and I researched people who died as well as those who are still alive.

“We urge people to come out in their numbers to watch it. It is going to be so much fun, they will not be disappointed,” he said.

The performance will move to the Durban Playhouse following its staging in Pietermaritzburg.

“These young children have an amazing talent.

“We held auditions in 2016 but could only perform the play this year because we did not have enough funding at the time. The Department of Arts and Culture stepped in and helped us this year,” he said.

Performances start at 6 pm on both days and tickets are available at the door (R150 general and R200 for VIP).

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