Of pol­i­tics and plays

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This week, on the open­ing night of Lor­raine Hans­berry’s A Raisin in the Sun, The Mar­ket theatre’s foyer could have been mis­taken for a pop-up fash­ion stage.

Had you been there, you would have sworn that di­rec­tor James Ngcobo was di­rect­ing the dra­matic crowd in at­ten­dance, and not the cast on stage.

The usual col­lec­tion of arts and cul­ture me­dia, in­fused with groups of de­fault the­atre­go­ers, ap­peared to have had a show­down about what the ap­pro­pri­ate at­tire was for at­tend­ing the show.

Led by celebrity thes­pian Eric Miyeni clad in a suit, there were those who dressed up in their Sun­day morn­ing best (for­mal jack­ets, high heels and a tie or two) on a Fri­day evening.

A stare-down en­sued, as they were ri­valled by those who had ex­pressed their cre­ativ­ity by wear­ing psy­che­delic colours with no re­gard for any fash­ion rules.

This group’s cap­tain was Son­wa­bile Ndamase, who had kit­ted him­self out in his very own cre­ation: a colour­ful Madiba shirt.

It was only af­ter a few rounds of drinks that both sides banded to­gether and ac­cepted their dif­fer­ences, and the chat­ter turned political. How­ever, with the­atre­go­ers, the political of­ten has very lit­tle to do with pol­i­tics.

They started tak­ing cheap shots at Joburg’s other the­atres, in­clud­ing the Nelson Man­dela Theatre in Park­town, the Theatre on the Square in Sand­ton and the Soweto Theatre in Jab­u­lani.

Ac­cord­ing to th­ese ex­perts, a the­atre­goer is graded ac­cord­ing to how many times they fre­quent a par­tic­u­lar theatre.

Those who are Mar­ket reg­u­lars are the crème de la crème who keep it real, while if you fre­quent The Man­dela, you are do­ing it to show you still like the city.

At the end of it all, not a sin­gle word was men­tioned about the show that was about to kick off Fe­bru­ary as Black His­tory Month.

– Sbu Mk­wanazi


THE BOSS James Ngcobo, di­rec­tor of A Raisin in the Sun

A TREAT Bon­iswa Sibango, Kara Kem­per and Nosipho Mayosi ON POINT Eric Miyeni

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