Spectacular in vernacular
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