US ac­tor on stage in Mahikeng

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - North West News - ELFAS TORERAI elfast@the­newage.co.za

RENOWNED Amer­i­can ac­tor, mu­si­cian, poet and so­cial ac­tivist, An­to­nio David Lyons, will give the­atre lovers some­thing to cheer about. Lyons is set to stage his pro­duc­tion, We Are Here, at Mma­bana Head Of­fice The­atre on Mon­day.

De­scribed as an en­gag­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing per­for­mance, it com­prises 16 sketches that ex­press the di­ver­sity of male voices. The scenes ex­plore a va­ri­ety of is­sues and themes from a dis­tinctly male per­spec­tive, among them, the pol­i­tics of dat­ing in fem­i­nist/ post-fem­i­nist South Africa, con­cern for a fe­male friend in an abu­sive sit­u­a­tion, a fa­ther’s dis­tress and anger over the rape of his daugh­ter and a young fa­ther’s words of guid­ance to his son. On Tues­day, Lyons will host a ca­pac­ity build­ing work­shop from 9am-1pm for the lo­cal de­vel­op­ing artists in the­atre. Mma­bana Foun­da­tion spokesper­son Trin­ity Bo­gosi said although Lyons was born in Florida, US, he re­lo­cated to South Africa in 2003.

“He has since been a fa­mil­iar face on South African TV with roles in var­i­ous pro­duc­tions such as Gen­er­a­tions, Ga re Dumele, The Prac­tice, Ja­cob’s Cross, Home Af­fairs, Ubizo: The Call­ing and many oth­ers,” Bo­gosi said.

“Prior to re­lo­cat­ing to South Africa, Lyons was a part of some won­der­ful projects in the US like The Sum of All Fears, Amer­i­can His­tory X and Ho­tel Rwanda.” He said Lyons’s show and work­shop is hosted by the Mma­bana Foun­da­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the US Con­sulate Gen­eral in Jo­han­nes­burg.

The per­for­mance starts at 7pm and is free to all who want to at­tend.

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