Setwork comes alive

2015-05-12 06:00
Nothing but the truth will be on stage at Artscape Theatre from tomorrow to next week. 


Nothing but the truth will be on stage at Artscape Theatre from tomorrow to next week. PHOTO: Supplied

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The return of the English setwork play Nothing but the truth at Artscape will provide local Grade 12 pupils with an educational boost.

The play is an Artscape production in association with the Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre Company and will be performed at Artscape from tomorrow to next week Wednesday.

Supported by the Western Cape education department and the HCI Foundation, Nothing but the truth forms part of the Artscape educational youth development programme that aims to promote social cohesion, good citizenship and empowerment through the arts. This year’s programme intends to foster multicultural consciousness while honouring the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela.

Kani’s playThe production is written by South African theatre icon John Kani whose work has been performed around the world, including New York, where he and Winston Ntshona won a Tony award in 1975 for Sizwe Banzi is dead and The island.

He has also won numerous awards such as the Safta Lifetime award, Avanti Hall of Fame award and Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation award. He was voted 51st on thelist of Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004.

Nothing but the truth is aimed at Grade 12 English pupils.

The two-hour play will be presented as a full stage production that will also appeal to the general public.

“The purpose of the educational programme is to assist Grade 12 pupils academically by presenting plays which are taught as literature on a theatre stage, therefore putting it in its intended setting,” says Marlene le Roux, director for Artscape audience development and education.

“We will also be introducing pupils to theatre and drama production of a high quality, thereby building the audience of the future,” says Marlene.

TV facesDirected by Fatima Dike, Nothing but the truth is a three-cast production offering a thought-provoking story of our recent past, a historical education of apartheid and the struggle for freedom of our people. It features well-known TV personalities Chris Gxalaba, Zoliswa Kawe and Noxolo Bodlani.

The play is about a man coming to terms with the past by letting out every bit of resentment and hatred he has been harbouring.

It is a direct play on how some saw the TRC process as an excuse that allowed people who were guilty of crimes against humanity to be set free without paying the price.


For more information on the production and ticket bookings (at R40 per person), contact Artscape box office or dial-a-seat on 021 410 9867

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