Smallanyana Skeleton, parody at Wits

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Wits TheatreA parody of a neo-colonial state where it’s honourable membership parade their duplicity, Smallanyana Skeleton invites us to “look and laugh”.

Wits Theatre and Wits School of Arts/Division of Theatre and Performance (TAP) present Smallanyana Skeleton

Written by Samantha De Jager, Sam Kentridge, Lehlohonolo Mmeti, Sarah Nansubuga, Danielle Oosthuizen, Caitlyn Spring and Joe Young (facilitated by Kgafela oa Magogodi)

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Directed by Kgafela oa Magogodi

Smallanyana Skeleton is set in the Republic of the People, where ‘the people ba popile’. This national myth is challenged by Handy Andy, a germophobic cleaner in a parliament ridden with lewdness and the dubious characters that walk its corridors.” A parody of a neo-colonial state where it’s honourable membership parade their duplicity, Smallanyana Skeleton invites us to “look and laugh” as Fela Kuti would say. This laughter permeates a story that negotiates the weighty matters of our day with a clever agility.

About the director:
Kgafela oa Magogodi, poet, playwright and stage director is a lecturer in the Wits School of Arts where he teaches in the areas of creative writing and performing arts. Magogodi is also the bandleader and composer for a spoken-word and music outfit, Kgafela le Marabele. Some of his most recent theatrical endeavours include: director and co-writer of Song of Nongoma, a jazz musical which will show case in October at the State Theatre and music director and co-writer for Book of Rebellations (2014, Soweto Theatre; 2015, Artscape). He headed the script development for Noord which won the Adelaide Tambo award for Human Right at National Arts Festival in 2015. Magogodi’s work in the theatre took shape over a decade of experimental workshops on professional stages and within arts institutions, directing student casts at Wits University Drama School, New York University as well as Market Theatre Laboratory. Through poetry writing and performance workshops Magogodi has coached budding stage artists to express themselves to great effect, mixing character, storytelling, interpretive dance and political text. His work as mentor came to a highlight with Dom Gumede in Crepuscule (Market Theatre in July 2015) who was the winner of Best Director, Naledi Awards 2016. Magogodi is currently enrolled for a part-time PhD study with the School of Creative Writing.

PRODUCTION: Smallanyana Skeleton; directed by Kgafela oa Magogodi
VENUE: Wits Amphitheatre, East Campus, Braamfontein
Safe parking is available in Senate House; the entrance is on Jorissen Street, Braamfontein
SEASON: Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 August 2016
23 – 26 August at 19h30; 26 August at 15h00 and 19h30.
Wednesday 24 August at 19h30 = WitsTix
RUNNING TIME: Seventy-five minutes no interval.

BOOKING ONLINE: www.webtickets.co.za
Full price R 45.00
Discount for students and pensioners R 30.00
WitsTix R 10.00

BOOKING DOOR:
Full price R 50.00
Discount for students and pensioners R 40.00
WitsTix R 15.00

ENQUIRIES: 011 717 1376 / Catherine.pisanti@wits.ac.za / For updates please visit www.wits.ac.za/witstheatre

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