Market Theatre scores 37 Naledi nominations

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Brand-new South African stories from the Market Theatre Foundation are celebrated at the Naledi Theatre Awards.With 37 nominations across various categories for the Naledi Theatre Awards, the Market Theatre Foundation has walked away with the largest slate of nominations for productions presented during 2018. The announcement of the 2018 nominations list was made this week at the Joburg Theatre. In 2017, the Market Theatre Foundation scooped a record number of 47 nominations and the bulk of the awards.

“This recognition affirms that the Market Theatre engagement and presentation of authentic South African work is valued not only by our audiences, funders and stakeholders but also by the judges of South Africa’s prestigious theatre awards,” said Zama Buthelezi, the Brand and Communications Manager at the Market Theatre Foundation.

The slate of awards for the Market Theatre productions includes the Theatre’s mainstream productions carefully curated and presented by the artistic director, James Ngcobo, as well productions presented by the Market Theatre Laboratory under the artistic-education leadership of Clara Vaughan, the head of the Market Theatre Laboratory.

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Even the Market Theatre Foundation’s most recently established Kwasha Theatre Company, which was established to offer employment for young graduates, scooped three nominations for its debut professional production, The Little Prince, produced in partnership with French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and co-sponsored by Mazars. This augers well for the young company which has also received an invitation for an international tour which is currently being negotiated.

Several productions presented by the Market Theatre Foundation under its Incubator development programme scooped nominations. Palesa Mazamisa in her debut directorial role with brand new script Shoes & Coups mentored by veteran theatre thespian Maralin Vanrenen scooped seven nominations including Best Director. Ntuthuko Mbuyazi, who started working for the Market Theatre Foundation in April 2015, was nominated twice in Best Sound Design for Shoes & Coups and Florence.

Dikapapa developed under the wings of the Market Theatre Foundation’s Zwakala Festival scooped the nomination for Best Ensemble as well as Best New South African Script. Hani – The Legacy which won the Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award at the 2017 National Arts Festival has been nominated for Best Ensemble as well as Best Production for Children & Young Audiences Age 14 -17.

“We are delighted that so many of the productions that have emerged from our development initiatives have also received accolades. This is a strong affirmation to our funders of our commitment to invest in young and emerging artists to assist them to build successful and reputable careers in the creative economies and the cultural sector,” said Ismail Mahomed, the CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation.

The Market Theatre’s veteran artists John Kani, Janice Honeyman, Mannie Manim, Leila Henriques, Dorothy Anne Gould and Dawid Minnaar have also scooped nominations for their work at the Market Theatre Foundation.

“Sweeping the board at the nominations reveal is testimony that the Market Theatre Foundation remains absolutely committed to its founding vision of being a platform for artistic excellence and for South African stories that critically reflect on our past, anchor us to the present and offer us a visionary hope for the future,” added Ismail Mahomed. “With more than 300 awards for artistic excellence and 3 awards for human rights gained during its 42-year history the Market Theatre Foundation remains South Africa’s major theatre with both an outstanding national and international profile. We applaud the artists who work with us and we express our gratitude to our funders who enable us to celebrate excellence on our stages,” he said.

The Market Theatre’s roll of honour in the Naledi Theatre Awards nominations list is as follows:

Best Production of a Play
Fool for Love – Prod. by The Market Theatre, Written by Sam Shepard, Dir. by Janice Honeyman
The Train Driver – Prod. by The Market Theatre by arr. With DALRO, Written by Athol Fugard, Dir. by Charmaine Weir-Smith

Best New South African Script
Dikakapa – Prod. by The Market Theatre in association With DAC, Written by Issac E Sithole & Tebogo P Serapelo , Dir. by Nketu Lebeko (Mentor Dir. Mpho Molepo )
My hole my home – Prod. by The Market Theatre & DAC Incubator project, Written by John Moalosi Ledwaba, Dir. by Phala Ookeditse Phala
Shoes & Coups – Prod. by The Market Theatre, Written & Dir. by Palesa Mazamisa, mentor Dir. by Maralin Vanrenen

Best Director of A Play
Charmaine Weir-Smith- The Train Driver
Janice Honeyman – Fool for Love
Palesa Mazamisa – Shoes & Coups
Phala Ookeditse Phala – My hole my home

Best Supporting / Featured Actress in a Play
Moliehi Makobane as “Minister of Justice” – You fool how can the sky fall

Best Supporting / Featured Actor in a Play
Sipho Zakwe – Shoes & Coups

Best Lead Performance In A Play (Female)
Michelle Mosalakae – Shoes & Coups
Natasha Sutherland as “Helen” – Meet me at Dawn
Pamela Nomvete as “Robyn” – Meet me at Dawn
Zikhona Sodlaka as “Queenie” – Nongogo

Best Lead Performance In A Play (Male)
Dawid Minnaar- The Train Driver
John Kani – The Train Driver
Langley Kirkwood as “Eddie” – Fool for Love

Best performance in a solo production: Female/Male
Dawid Minnaar – Monsieur Ibrahim en die blomme van die Koran
Dorothy Ann Gould – The Year of Magical Thinking
Leila Henriques – Florence

Best Ensemble
Dikakapa – Prod. by The Market Theatre in association with DAC, Written by Issac E Sithole & Tebogo P Serapelo , Dir. by Nketu Lebeko (Mentor Dir. Mpho Molepo )
Hani: The Legacy – Prod. by The Market Theatre Laboratory, Created by Graduates of The Market Theatre Laboratory, Dir. by Leila Henriques & assis. Dir. by Linda Tshabalala
The Little Prince – Prod. by Kwasha Theatre Company with the support of the Market Theatre Laboratory, the French Institute of South Africa & Mazars, Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Dir. by Clara Vaughan & Mwenya B. Kabwe

Best Original Choreography in a Play/ Musical
Nketu Lebeko – Dikakapa

Best Production For Children & Young Audiences (Supported by Assitej SA) (Age 14 – 17)
Hani: The Legacy – Prod. by The Market Theatre Laboratory, Created by Graduates of The Market Theatre Laboratory, Dir. by Leila Henriques & assis. Dir. by Linda Tshabalala
The Little Prince – Prod. by Kwasha Theatre Company with the support of the Market Theatre Laboratory, the French Institute of South Africa & Mazars, Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Dir. by Clara Vaughan & Mwenya B. Kabwe

Best Set Design: sponsored by DWR
Stan Knight – Fool for Love
Thando Lobese-Moropa – The Train Driver

Best Lighting Design: sponsored by Splitbeam
Mannie Manim – Fool for Love
Michael Maxwell – My hole my home
Thapelo Mokgosi – Dikakapa

Best Sound Design: sponsored by Splitbeam
Ntuthuko Mbuyazi – Shoes & Coups
Ntuthuko Mbuyazi – Florence

Best AV / Animation Design
Lungile Cindi – Shoes & Coups
Wilhelm Disbergen – The Little Prince

Best Costume Design
Nthabiseng Malaka – Shoes & Coups

Another Ones Bread produced by MVG Productions hosted by the Market Theatre was also nominated for Best New South African Script

For more information please contact Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist at the Market Theatre on 011 832 1641 or lusandaz@markettheatre.co.za

 

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