For­ward to the past

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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.

AN­I­MAL FARM

BAR­NEY SI­MON

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