Award Winning Shows at the Hex
Two acclaimed award-winning productions will be performed at the Hexagon next week, with some shows especially for schools. TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande are back with their remarkable performances.
Woza Albert! won an Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2015 and Termite – Tall Tales for Big People has just won the top award at the recent Musho! Festival in Durban.
They will be running at the Hexagon as follows:
Tuesday 16th February: 10.30am Woza Albert!
Wednesday 17th February: 10.30am Termite
6.30pm Woza Albert!
Cost: R60 (R50 for students) per show
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Enquiries: 033 2605537
About the shows:
Woza Albert! is one of the plays for which South African theatre is best known internationally. Its style of storytelling has inspired and influenced theatre companies around the world, and it remains one of the most vibrant examples of satirical anti-apartheid South African Theatre, and is often referred to as the forerunner of Protest Theatre. It demonstrates innovation and creativity during a seminal period of theatre in this country.
This classic of South African theatre asks what would happen if Christ (Morena) came back to 1980’s apartheid South Africa. The show is primarily a satire that highlights the absurdities of apartheid and displays the talents of two dextrous actors, in this case TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande, who play a range of ordinary characters on the street. Directed by Peter Mitchell, the production is a high energy explosion of creativity and humour with a dark edge as Morena's life is relived in an apartheid context.
Bringing Woza Albert! to the stage honours the creative genius of Barney Simon, and reminds us of the tragic lunacy that was apartheid, as well as the continued search for compassionate, intelligent and humane leadership. This production looks back from a new perspective at what changed the face of Poor Theatre worldwide.
What people have said:
‘Woza Albert! is fast-paced, seamless and electric with energy.’ Critter
‘Zondi and Nzimande were.. wonderful clowns, masters of character change and slick all round.’ The Witness
‘The actors (are) remarkably good, the production superbly inventive, the staging and lighting outstanding.’ Ralph Lawson
‘..this quintessential anti-apartheid play still draws audiences like ants to syrup.’ Cue
Termite! Tall tales for Big People.
Written by Greig Coetzee
Performed by TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande.
Directed by Peter Mitchell
Can there be anything more delightfully wacky than the combination of the high energy performance style of TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande and Greig Coetzee’s brilliant penmanship?
The delicious and astute Termite! combines physical theatre, satire and a dash of lunacy as it blends traditional folk tales with modern South African life. This fast-paced trilogy of stories tells tales of various animals as they take on Minicab Taxis, Colonel Sanders and try to explain why dogs sniff each other’s behinds! This is satire of the most hilarious and cutting variety.
Fresh from winning the coveted Audience Favourite Award at the Musho! Festival in Durban and having full houses at last year’s Hilton Arts Festival, Termite performers Zondi and Nzimande have made a name for themselves nationally as Ovation Award winners for Woza Albert!, as well as their moving performances in The Island. They have just had rave reviews for their performances in the annual adult Panto in Durban, Aladdin Grey St.
‘…brilliantly clever, hilariously funny and exquisitely creative’,
‘Performances are quite simply superb’. ArtSmart