Fight for the need to wee

2018-06-26 06:01

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-endorsed ban on private toilets.

Citizens are forced to use public loos, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for the basic need to wee.

But what happens when one person decides enough is enough?

Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, the award-winning musical Urinetown premieres in South Africa at the Artscape Arena from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 14 July.

Inspired by the work of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weil, Urinetown is an irreverent satire in which no-one is safe from scrutiny. Urinetown is written by Greg Kotis, with music by Mark Hollman, and together they wrote the lyrics for their journey to Broadway in 2001.

Costumes for this particular production are influenced by the steampunk aesthetic – a style that started out as a science-fiction subgenre in the 1970s but is a full-blown youth subculture today. Steampunk fashion combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction.

The team who engineered last year’s smash hit Sister Act – the Musical are back with a vengeance to explore what happens when water is worth more than its weight in gold.

Performances are at 20:00. There are two matinees at 15:30 on Saturdays 7 and 14 July.

V Tickets are R150 each and may be booked through Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695 or through Computicket.


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