The 2015 Drama for Life SA Season at the South African State Theatre

Drama for Life’s annual South African Theatre Season is on! Cantos of a Life in Exile (Makhaola Ndelebe) and Morwa: The Rising Sun (Tefo Paya) opened to rapturous applause, which have not ceased since. Hurry to catch these two shows before the season’s line-up switches gear this weekend, into works from a stellar line-up of young talent which includes: a double-bill of Synapsis and Broken Chant from Naledi Award winner Khayelihle Dominique Gumede (direction) and Nhlanhla Mahlangu (choreography) to be showcased by Raezeen Wentworth and Sonia Radebe. And a final work, The Funeral, from writer and performer, Simo Majola, directed Phala O. Phala.

Be sure to catch Season 1 before it closes on 13 June, which includes: Cantos of a Life in Exile (Makhaola Ndebele) and Morwa (Tefo Paya)- both Wits Alumni.

Cantos of a Life in Exile: Written and Performed by Makhaola Ndebele. Directed by Warren Nebe.

Cantos of a Life in Exile is an auto-biographical journey of an exiled South African, through multiple fragmented assumed identities, in search of one holistic identity best characterised by the experience of finding home. “The performance explores the displacing effects of cultural, political, and social exile on a South African citizen exiled during Apartheid…It is a theatrical hybrid, drawing from a variety of theatre and performance influences, but more specifically rooted in indigenous Southern African performance genres, namely iiNgoma (healing rituals), iziBongo (praise poetry), and iintsomi (storytelling).” says Ndebele.

Morwa: The Rising Son: Written and Performed by Tefo Paya, Music by Volley Nchabeleng. Directed by Warren Nebe

In Morwa: The Rising Son we follow the story of ‘Morwa’ a Young Motswana Man on his journey of discovering what it means to be a man. The play is based on Paya’s personal narrative and looks to evoke dialogue and a better understanding of the challenges faced by Young Men in Africa.

The play poses many questions about Masculinity, Gender Roles and Identity. Who are you? What are you? What makes a man? How does one become a man? How do Men relate to Women? How does an individual relate to society? In this intense performance Paya delivers a combination of Story-Telling, Physical Theatre and Ritual.

Both Cantos of a Life in Exile and Morwa: The Rising Son are directed by Warren Nebe. Running as a double bill both plays open on the 3rd of June, running till 13th June at the Momentum Theatre at the State Theatre.

Season 2 will run from 17 June – 27 June: Synapses, Broken Chant and The Funeral

Recent Naledi Award winner, Khayelihle Dominique Gumede, directs a stellar creative team to bring you two exceptional physical theatre gems.

Synapses, performed by Razeen Wentworth, is a comedic parody that never stops being rehearsed and Broken Chant, performed by Sonia Radebe, is an exploration of the rites of passage of the African Woman.

The pieces go together hand-in-glove, exploring identity though the moving body. Choreographed by dance stalwart Nhlanhla Mahlangu with videography by Tony Miyambo both Synapses and Broken Chant promise to be a highlight at the South African Theatre Season.

Last up is emerging Writer and Performer, Simo Majola’s The Funeral. Winner of the Drama for Life Open Call for this Season, The Funeral promises a weird and wonderful exploration of identity though the great unknown of death itself. “Told through poetry, movement and soliloquise, The Funeral isn’t a spooky production about the afterlife, but a lyrical reflection on the brief ephemerality we call life: One leaves the theatre touched on an acutely personal level by something profound” says Steyn Du Toit of the Cape Times. A rework of the production lead by director Phala O. Phala will premiere at the South African Theatre Season.

Synapsis, Broken Chant and The Funeral open on the 17th of June and run till the 27th of June 2015.

All evening shows at 7pm and 8:30pm (excluding Monday and Sunday)

Saturday- also includes a 3pm show

The season production manager is Benjamin Bell.

For more information go to www.dramaforlife.co.za.
For more details and bookings visit www.statetheatre.co.za.

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