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FUGARD CONQUERS CHINA
Legendary South African Athol
Fugard is the second most performed playwright on the planet after Shakespeare, according to the BBC. Now he is set to do what very few English playwrights have done: stage a play in China. It was announced this week that director Chen Wencong will be debuting three iconic Fugard works in October. They are The Island, My Children! My Africa! and The Train Driver. Beautifully designed posters for the plays were released this week.
AN ALL-FEMALE ADAPTATION
A South African adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm will be performed by an allfemale cast for a limited run at The Market theatre next week.
Adapted, directed and designed by the talented Neil Coppen, it will make pointed references to the Nkandla fire pool and Marikana. It stars Mpume Mthombeni, Tshego Khutsoane, Mandisa Nduna, Khutjo BakunziGreed, Zesuliwe Hadebe and MoMo Matsunyane.
BARNEY SIMON IS BACK
The 1979 drama Cincinnati, created through improvisation by The Company at The Market Theatre under the direction of the now late celebrated theatre practitioner Barney Simon, will be brought back to The Market stage for the first time since the original.
The man behind the important revival is actor/director Clive Mathibe.
“Cincinnati is an unflinching look at how far our democracy has come and how far we have not come as a country,” says Mathibe.