UJ – University of Johannesburg
Phillip Dikotla’s multi award-winning Skierlik kicks off a trilogy of plays in the Con Cowan Theatre, under the banner of UJ Arts & Culture’s LIBERAT!ON MMXVI. LIBERAT!ON MMXVI is a multi-faceted and multi-channelled programme of creative works for 2016, presented by UJ Arts & Culture.
Dikotla penned and performs the compelling play Skierlik, which deals with 17-year-old Johan Nel’s shooting spree in the North-West informal settlement of the same name. The devastating massacre had tragic effects on those who were left behind and on those families who lost their breadwinners. Desperate to restore what had been lost, Dikotla embarked on writing the play, determined that communities and audience members should be able to relate to it. The story is told through Thomas, husband of the murdered Anna and father to toddler Elizabeth, who takes on the difficult journey of forgiveness and bitterness, anger and hopelessness, change and acceptance, when he returns to the place he was forced to leave. Through physical theatre and humour the story is told primarily in English, with the inclusion of Tswana.
Dannelene Noach’s novel, Woman Alone has been adapted and directed by Christo Davids, and stars Lee-Ann van Rooi in the true story of a woman incarcerated in Saudi Arabia for 99 days. The Con Trilogy of works wraps with emerging director Phala Ookeditse Phala taking the reins with a UJ Arts & Culture professional production of Athol Fugard’s iconic Boesman And Lena, starring Makhaola Ndebele in the role of Boesman, opposite Lalu Mokuku as Lena.
Skierlik, which opens on 19 April, and Woman Alone, which opens 3 May, both run for limited seasons of five performances only. Boesman And Lena opens on 17 May and runs until 28 May. All shows commence nightly at 19:30, from Tuesday to Saturday (no performances on Sundays or Mondays), and tickets are available through Computicket.
Patrons are reminded that UJ Arts & Culture has revised security controls regarding parking and access to its venues in order to ensure the safety of patrons, staff, students and alumni. To ensure smooth access, tickets for all events taking place in the Arts Centre and Con Cowan Theatres should be pre-booked and presented to security at the boom when coming on to campus. Secure parking has been arranged in the parking lot opposite the main entrance on Kingsway for patrons or members of the media attending Opening Nights or free events. Guests will then be escorted on the short walk across the pedestrian bridge to the Arts Centre Theatre or the UJ Art Gallery.
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