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An archive of hot news from 2007

Boesman en Lena in South Africa


Ivan D Lucas and Vinette Ebrahim together with director Clare Stopford are presenting Boesman en Lena in festivals and hopefully a national tour.

 

Victory UK premiere

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The British premiere of Victory will be presented by the Peter Hall Company from 1-25 Aug 2007 at The Theatre Royal Bath. The actors are Richard Johnson (Lionel), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Vicky) and Reece Ritchie (Freddie).  The director is Cordelia Monsey.

"Vicky was named to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s victorious walk to freedom at the dawn of a new South Africa. Her mother worked happily as Lionel’s maid for seventeen years. Vicky played at Lionel's house as a child as if it was her own home and it was Lionel who encouraged her educational aspirations. So when Lionel- widowed and alone - catches two burglars ransacking his house and finds that one of them is Vicky, it is more than his possessions which are destroyed."

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Exits and Entrances in Edinburgh

Athol Fugard Exits and Entrances


Exits and Entrances premieres at the Edinburgh Festival.  Te actors are Richard Jordan, Martin Platt and David Elliot.  It is on at The Assembly, George Street from 3-26 Aug 2007.  Click on the image for more details.

 

New books on Fugard: expected

Space, Time and Silence: The Craft of Athol Fugard by Dr. Marianne McDonald.

Dr. Marianne McDonald is Professor of Classics and Theatre at the University of California, San Diego. The book is in honour of the playwright's 70th birthday.

Sadly this book has not been published.

 

Tsotsi the film on DVD

Tsotsi- click for link

Fugard's novel Tsotsi has been filmed: "Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto - where survival is the primary objective - Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a ruthless young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking."  It is directed by Gavin Hood with Presley Chweneyagae as Tsotsi.  Click on the image above for more details.  Thanks to Roman for the information.

Tsotsi

Tsotsi

Tsotsi won the Oscar for the best foreign language film.  The film is now available on DVD.

 

Victory world premiere

The world premiere of Victory will be in the Market Theatre, South Africa.  Victory deals with a troubled country and its people- a world without hope, a world that is overrun by druglords and criminals and people with shattered dreams. It's the first time since 1994 that Fugard is dealing with the reality of this country now. (This will be at The Market in May).

It will be directed by Lara Foot Newton, designed by Jaco Bouwer and the actors will be Cobus Rossouw, Ameera Patel and Wayne van Rooyen.

Victory premieres at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival from 5-8 Apr 2007 and then transfers to the Baxter Theatre Centre from 12 Apr- 19 May and The Market Theatre from 21 May- 1 Jul 2007.

 

Master Harold...and the boys in Seattle, USA

Seattle Public Theatre presents Master Harold...and the boys from 17 May- 10 Jun 2007.

 

Sizwe Bansi est mort (Sizwe Bansi is Dead in French) world tour

Sizwe Bansi est more

Peter Brook directs Sizwe Bansi in French.  The actors are Habib Dembélé and Pitcho Womba Konga.

The details are:
- Israel.  The Rebecca Crown Auditorium, Jerusalem from 8-12 Jun 2006.  With Hebrew sur-titles
- France.  École de la Trillade, Avignon from 8-27 Jul 2006.
- Sweden.  Stockholms Stadsteater 15-18 Aug 2006
- Sweden.  Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival.  The festival is from 18-25 Aug 2006
- Croatia (Zagreb)
- Serbia (Belgrade)
- Ireland (Dublin)
- Switzerland 20 Sept, 1, 3,4 Oct 2006 in the Theater Chur in Chur (thanks to Thomas for the information)
- Czech Republic (Sizwe Banzi je mrtvý). Prague
- Spain.  Festival de Otońo, Madrid Oct 2006
- Spain, Girona, Terassa, Reus)
- Italy (Rome, Milan)
- Paris (Peter Brook's theatre Bouffes du Nord in Paris)
- UK- London's Barbican Centre on 9-26 May 2007
- UK- Warwick Arts Centre on 29 May- 2 Jun 2007

Fugard and Brook worked together previously when Fugard appeared in Brook's film Meetings with Remarkable People.

Sizwe Bansi est Mort

Photos Mario Del Curto

 

Sizwe Bansi is Dead, South Africa and world tour

John Kani and Sizwe Bansi revive their original performances in South Africa and then a world tour.  They recently revived The Island which they toured the world.  Sizwe Bansi is on at:
- the Baxter Theatre, South Africe  11 Jul- 5 Aug 2006
- the State Theatre, South Africa  2 Aug- 19 Dec 2006
- Royal National Theatre, London UK 19 Mar 14 Apr 2007

There is also a talk with John Kani and Sizwe Bansi in the Royal National Theatre on 26 Mar 2007.  Should you want even more, John Kani acts in his own play Nothing but the Truth in the Hampstead Theatre, London from 1-24 Feb 2007.

 

The Island in South Africa

Fugard The Island

The Market Theatre's The Island is performed in  UCSB Campbell Hall on 31 Jan 2007.

 

A Lesson From Aloes in Milwaukee, USA

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents A Lesson From Aloes from 16 Feb- 11 Mar 2007.

 

My Children My Africa in Philadelphia, USA

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The Wilma Theatre presents My Children! My Africa! from 6 Dec 2006- 7 Jan 2007.  The director is  Blanka Zizka.  Click on the image for more details.

Master Harold...and the boys in Philadelphia, USA

Lantern Theatre Company, Philadelphia presents Master Harold...and the boys from 15 Sept- 8 Oct 2006.

 

Women’s Voices from South African Theatre - Fugard and After, Cardiff, Wales

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"Hester, Lena, Zandile...women on the South African stage represent something about humanity as well as race and gender.  Read and analyse Hello and Goodbye and Boesman and Lena... and Have you Seen Zandile? - Mhlophe... We shall perform acted readings in the autumn for Everyman Theatre at Chapter Arts Centre. Please bring the Fugard plays to the first meeting.

10 weekly meetings from 20 Apr 2006 in the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, Wales, UK.  Click on the image for more details.

Victory UK premiere

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The British premiere of Victory will be presented by the Peter Hall Company from 1-25 Aug 2007 at The Theatre Royal Bath. The actors are Richard Johnson (Lionel), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Vicky) and Reece Ritchie (Freddie).  The director is Cordelia Monsey.

"Vicky was named to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s victorious walk to freedom at the dawn of a new South Africa. Her mother worked happily as Lionel’s maid for seventeen years. Vicky played at Lionel's house as a child as if it was her own home and it was Lionel who encouraged her educational aspirations. So when Lionel- widowed and alone - catches two burglars ransacking his house and finds that one of them is Vicky, it is more than his possessions which are destroyed."

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Exits and Entrances in Texas, USA

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Exits and Entrances is at the Austin Playhouse, Texas from 19 Oct- 11 Nov 2007.  The actors include Rick Roemer and the director is Dave Florek.  Click on the image for details.


Ivan D Lucas and Vinette Ebrahim together with director Clare Stopford are presenting Boesman en Lena in festivals and hopefully a national tour.

 

 

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