Putting Zakes Mda’s words to mu­sic

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Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Red­ness takes to the stage at The Fu­gard Theatre in Cape Town.

The best­selling book will leap to life as a mu­si­cal in a se­ries of per­for­mances from Au­gust 19 to Au­gust 22.

The work is one of the ac­claimed nov­el­ist’s most pop­u­lar books and will be rein­car­nated for the stage by a 15-mem­ber cast, com­pris­ing mem­bers of the Mag­net Theatre, Univer­sity of Cape Town drama school grad­u­ates and the op­er­atic tal­ents of the Cape Town Opera.

The pro­duc­tion’s di­rec­tor, Mark Fleish­man, shared his ideas for what the pro­duc­tion would be like.

“The Heart of Red­ness is hard to de­fine and pack­age neatly un­der a sin­gle, un­am­bigu­ous de­scrip­tor. And that is ex­actly what we are try­ing to achieve – a some­thing in-be­tween that takes cog­ni­sance of var­i­ous styles with­out set­tling com­fort­ably into any one of them.”

While the pro­duc­tion is in­tended to show­case opera, the tra­di­tional el­e­ments of Mda’s orig­i­nal text will di­rect the way it is han­dled. Tick­ets range from R100 to R190

and are avail­able at com­puticket.com. Visit capetown­opera.co.za for more

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PHOTO: AMA­ZON

ON STAGE Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Red­ness will be per­formed as a mu­si­cal at The Fu­gard Theatre in Cape Town

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