The Market Theatre Foundation has once again proven its mettle when it scooped the Standard Bank Fringe Ovation Gold Awards at this year’s National Arts Festival.
At a ceremony on Saturday night preceding the closing day of the annual Festival in Grahamstown, the Market Theatre Laboratory’s production, Hani: The Legacy was awarded the prestigious fringe festival accolade. Also, walking away with the Standard Bank Fringe Ovation Gold Award was Tau, a production developed and supported through the Market Theatre Foundation’s Zwakala Festival.
“The two Gold Standard Bank Ovation Fringe Awards highlight the Market Theatre’s pivotal role for being a hub for artistic excellence and social relevance. Both productions created and presented by a new generation of South African artists are a strong testimony that the Market Theatre Foundation, forty-one years into its existence, still is committed to its founding vision to excellently tell authentic South African stories that inform, educate and entertain,” said Ismail Mahomed CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation.
The accolades at the National Arts Festival follow the Market Theatre’s enormous success earlier this year at the Naledi Theatre Awards when the Market Theatre scooped a total of 51 nominations across various categories.
Hani, devised and directed by Leila Henriques is inspired by the hit American musical Hamilton. Amidst the current political challenges in South Africa, Hani is told through hip-hop, rap, ballad and high-powered energetic dances, the contemporary production is an inspiring story about the life and times of assassinated political leader, Chris Hani. Hani can be seen at the 969 Festival at Wits Theatre on 25 and 29 July 2017.
Tau deals with sensitive cultural issues that have remained unchanged for centuries and are difficult to question. It also deals with the taboo of homosexuality during a sacred “manly” ceremony. The play does not wish to shun the cultural beliefs of its audiences, but asks people to look to themselves and whether they are abusing the power rooted in customs on the grounds of ignorance or as a calculated choice…LEROTHODI!!
Tau will be staged at the Vryfees Festival in Bloemfontein from 19 – 20 July 2017.
The Market Theatre’s line-up for the second semester of 2017 consists of an equally exciting line up of productions which commences this week with the opening of Sue Pam-Grant’s production, Chasing Chairs and also Standard Bank Young Artist, Monageng Vice Motshabi’s production, Ankobia.
In Chasing Chairs, the husband and wife duo Sue-Pam Grant and DJ Grant merge their creative writing skills to produce a theatre piece that will navigate a couple’s journey in self-discovery and put them under a microscope. Chasing Chairs features Chi Mhende who is well known for her role as Wandi, a transgendered woman in Generations. She makes her Market Theatre debut alongside Theo Landey, who has won the hearts of South Africans in the series of television advertisements for Outsurance. Chasing Chairs will be staged at the Barney Simon @ The Market Theatre from 14 July to 6 August 2017.
Returning from its premiere at the National Arts Festival, the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner, Monageng Motshabi’s play, Ankobia, will make its Gauteng premiere at the Market Theatre. Set in the futuristic land of Pelodikgadile where it is forbidden to remember anything that happened before the new state was formed, Ankobia traces the voices of those who used to fight for land and truth but have now been muted. Ankobia will be staged at the Mannie Manim @ The Market Theatre from 21 July – 13 August 2017.
For details about the above productions and for play dates visit the Market Theatre website www.markettheatre.co.za