Of politics and plays
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