#FeesMustFall pro­duc­tion hits SA stage

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frEE­DOm thE mU­SI­CAl

the South African State The­atre is pre­sent­ing the pre­miere of

the new pro­duc­tion by multi-award-win­ning play­wright and di­rec­tor Aubrey Sekhabi, from 27 Fe­bru­ary to 31 March 2018.

A strong cast of 47 mem­bers and a 13-piece band tell the tale of Phindile, a Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy stu­dent and leader of the Fees Must Fall move­ment. Her life takes a sharp turn after stu­dents protest at the Union Build­ings in Pre­to­ria.

The story is a tes­ta­ment to Phindile’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to tri­umph re­gard­less of the odds stacked against her by the sys­tem and so­ci­ety.

The pro­duc­tion also fea­tures Hip Hop star Sim­phele ‘PdotO’ Mnyandu, Simphiwe Ndlovu, Kabelo ‘Bon­afide Billi’ To­goe, Motswako rap­per Chad da Don, bari­tone Otto Maidi, and 2017 Idols top-10 fi­nal­ist Thokozile Ndi­mande.

The mu­sic com­po­si­tion is raw and gritty and re­flects the rhythm and mood of the times with Hip Hop gen­res.

Sekhabi re­unites with his long-term creative part­ner Wil­helm Dis­ber­gen. His pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tion,

is still on the minds on many.

The mu­si­cal came out tops in the 2014 Naledi awards, boldly scoop­ing six awards from 14 nom­i­na­tions.

Tick­ets are avail­able at Com­puticket.

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