Cape Argus

Greek fables make for family musical


ISANGOPort­obello returns to the stage of their Cape Town home at the Fugard Theatre with Aesop’s Fables, written by Peter Terson and adapted and directed by Mark Dornford-May. It runs from June 10 to July 10.

Aesop, a Greek slave, learns that liberty comes with responsibi­lity as he journeys to his own freedom, joined by the animal characters of his fables.

The Tortoise and the Hare, the Lion and the Goat, the Stork and the Wolf and others are brought to life through the musical score, adapted for Isango Portobello by Mandisi Dyantyis and Pauline Malefane.

This musical theatre showcase, using mostly marimbas, vocals and percussion, can be enjoyed by the whole family and will be running for the duration of the World Cup when the schools are closed for winter holidays.

The set designer responsibl­e for re-creating Aesop’s magical world on stage is Leopold Senekal, joined by Aja Marneweck as co-designer and puppeteer.

“The beauty of the story is that the fables penned by Aesop contain a light-hearted moral message for adults to engage with, but it is also a lovely story told by animals that children would enjoy for its sheer entertainm­ent value,” said Dornford-May, who is Isango Portobello’s artistic director.

The endearing Aesop is played by Mhlekahi Mosiea, who has previously performed as Tamino in Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo and Judas in The Mysteries – Yiimimanga­liso with Isango Portobello. The amiable Tortoise is Noluthando Boqwana, who played Lucifer in The Mysteries – Yiimimanga­liso and was one of the

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