8th – 13th September (Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tues at 6.30pm, Sat and Sun at 3pm)
Tickets R100 (Concessions R50 – R80)
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Before there was Sarafina the movie, there was Sarafina the play. This September the UKZN Drama Department, Pietermaritzburg Campus is set to present this critically acclaimed Broadway Musical at the University’s Hexagon Theatre. The play was originally written by award winning Actor/director/ playwright Mbongeni Ngema who also choreographed, produced and composed music for the stage play when it first hit New York stages in the 1980’s.
The play is set in Soweto, specifically at Morris Isaacson High School, a school in which the students of 1976 courageously protested against the imposition of using Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Township Schools. Led by a fierce young woman known as Sarafina who is committed to the struggle against apartheid, they brave teargas and police shootings, all in an attempt to fight for justice and freedom in the education system that they were subjected to at the time.
Through narrative, song and dance, the production makes accessible difficult political issues in a lighthearted manner. The play comes alive through performances by a vibrant young cast of Second and third year Drama students in the department and forms part of the department’s annual student production. They are also joined by 3 students from the Creative Arts College and one learner from Girls High school.
The play is directed by Ntokozo Madlala, a lecturer in the Drama Department, Musical direction assisted by TChristian, a rising musical producer who performed at this year’s Pietermaritzburg Jazz Festival and a former Drummer for Simphiwe Dana. Choreography by Brenda Lee Cele who manages Accoustic Assassins and directed And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses earlier this year. The production also features lecturer in the department, Ayanda Khala Phiri, who brings a seasoned colorful performance to the supporting role of Teaspoon. The role Sarafina is shared by Nandile Khumalo and Zazi Kunene, who both bring unique strengths to this iconic role.