Series cast gives back to society

Melody will celebrate its season one success with a live event. Pictured is the cast of 19 Masks, the musical to be performed.
Melody will celebrate its season one success with a live event. Pictured is the cast of 19 Masks, the musical to be performed.

To celebrate its season one success, the cast behind the SABC2 smash hit Melody will host a virtual celebration with proceeds benefitting local charities.

The event will be live streamed on Saturday 26 September at 18:00 with live performances and comedy, featuring the cast.

The series has been screened on SABC2 since April and has become an instant hit among locals.

The authentic human adventure involves a young coloured woman and her struggle against social injustices with which many South Africans wrestle daily.

Series producer Theo Davids says they wanted to create a series that would accurately reflect the lives of coloured people.

“South African television does not really reflect the lives of coloured people in the way that we know our lives to be. During the pre-democracy years we were always portrayed as flower sellers, gangsters, nannies or coons. When there were films about coloured people, there was always a white saviour. After 1994 there were mostly ‘rainbow’ stories with coloured, whites, blacks and Indians and even in these stories we always had a stereotypical role like the coloured gangster or the coloured nanny,” he says.

The series is filmed in and around the Cape Flats, with most of it being filmed in Athlone.

The cast includes actors from Mitchell’s Plain, Athlone, Bishop Lavis and other areas on the Cape Flats.

The charities that will benefit from proceeds are Athlone School for the Blind, Christine Revell Children’s Home, St Francis Children’s Home and Bokmakierie Feeding Scheme.

Tickets cost R50 and are available through Quicket.

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