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The Mar­ket theatre in Johannesburg is open­ing its spring sea­son with Lepatata, the first fully Setswana pro­duc­tion to be staged at the venue. The play deals with the af­ter­math of a bat­tle for land be­tween the Batl­hap­ing and the Khoikhoi-Boer al­liance. The au­di­ence can fol­low the tri­als of the late Batl­hap­ing chief’s first-born son, Masilo, as he fights to re­gain the trust of his peo­ple, who are vy­ing for the suc­ces­sion of his brother rather than him. It opens next week, so book early for this lim­ited run.

Bold, bald and beau­ti­ful singer­song­writer, au­thor and en­ter­tainer Nataniël re­turns to the Theatre of Mar­cel­lus at Em­per­ors Palace with his new­est stage cre­ation, Af­ter An­i­mals, due to open later this month. It takes place “in the notso-dis­tant fu­ture, be­gin­ning on a night when the last an­i­mal on earth gets slaugh­tered and eaten dur­ing a se­cret cer­e­mony”. Sounds gloomy, but know­ing Nataniël, it will be equal parts hi­lar­i­ous. And, no doubt, the slick­est stag­ing in town. – Gar­reth van Niek­erk



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