Zakes Mda, on stage

2015-08-11 06:00
Luvo Tamba and Mfundo Tshazibane from the Magnet theatre rehearse for Heart of redness, a new musical adaptation of Zakes Mda’s novel at the Fugard theatre. 

Mark Wessels

Luvo Tamba and Mfundo Tshazibane from the Magnet theatre rehearse for Heart of redness, a new musical adaptation of Zakes Mda’s novel at the Fugard theatre. PHOTO: Mark Wessels

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A new musical adaptation of Zakes Mda’s novel Heart of redness will soon be on stage at the Fugard theatre.

Presented by Cape Town Opera and Magnet theatre the production will be performed by a multi-talented 15-member cast of Magnet theatre and UCT Drama School graduates and some of Cape Town Opera’s youngest members.

They’ll be directed by Mark Fleishman with music by Neo Muyanga, movement direction by Jennie Reznek and designs by Craig Leo.

Fleishman says Heart of redness is difficult to define or package, but that’s exactly what he wanted. The musical uses elements of operatic, choral and traditional music styles to tell its story.

Shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Writers Prize, Heart of redness speaks of South African village life against the backdrop of a notorious episode from the country’s past.

Heart of redness shifts back and forth between the present day and the time of the Xhosa prophetess Nonqawuse, between myth and history; culminating in a modern day dilemma of heritage and traditional values versus development and growth. V

The production will be staged at the Fugard theatre from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 August. Tickets are available at Computicket.

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