A decade after the massacre: Marikana - The Musical returns to stage

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THEATRE: Marikana-The Musical at the South African State Theatre.

This month it will be 10 years since the deadly Marikana Massacre that saw 34 protesting mineworkers killed by police in August 2012. 

In commemorating this tragedy, the critically acclaimed Marikana-The Musical theatre production will return to stage after a four year hiatus. 

The Best Musical Naledi Theatre Award-winner will be showing at the South African State Theatre (SAST) from 2 to 28 August and reassembles prolific performers, Meshack Mavuso-Magabane, Aubrey Poo, Siyasanga Papu, Emma Mmekwa, and Mpho “Mckenzie” Matome. 

"They will lead a 40 members cast and 13-piece band in unleashing a blow-by-blow account of the events that led to the loss of lives at the hands of the police," a statement to the press read.

Marikana - The Musical
A scene from Marikana - The Musical. (Photo: Sanmari Marais)

Marikana-The Musical is based on the book We Are Going to Kill Each Other Today: The Marikana Story written Thanduxolo Jika, Felix Dlangamandla, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandwa Saba and Leon Sadiki.

The musical is written and directed by multiple award-winning playwright and director Aubrey Sekhabi and looks at the lives of mineworkers and their families, as well as the events leading up to the massacre. It goes back to the villages and townships where they came from and give faces and names to the fallen brothers, sons, fathers, and uncles.

Tickets for Marikana-The Musical can be purchased for R150 on Webtickets, which is available at the SAST, Pick n Pay, and online.

On Marikana
On 16 August 2012, police opened fire on a crowd of protesting mineworkers who were demanding a wage increase from Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, killing 34 mineworkers. The event was described as the biggest incident of police brutality since the advent of democracy and it revived memories of the brutality suffered under Apartheid security police.

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