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The South African State Theatre presents a one-night-only of Aubrey Sekhabi’s new ‘Freedom’ Musical to wrap up the 2017 Youth Expression Festival.
The festival, which is currently running from 16-30 June as part of Youth Month celebrations, is continuing to wow audiences with stories through song, dance, music and visual art as seen through the eyes of the young people of South Africa. This year, however, the festival will be closed by a promised vibrating performance of ‘Freedom’ musical ahead of its launch in 2018. Written and directed by SAST’s multi-award winning Artistic Director, Aubrey Sekhabi.
Freedom tells the story of young Phindile, who is at the helm of the Fees Must Fall protests. The story is a testament of a young lady determined to triumph regardless of the odds stacked against her by the system as well as society. Despite all of this she doesn’t allow this to stop her from fighting for freedom of the students, for free education and ultimately her own freedom.
As part of the Youth Month celebrations, ‘Freedom’ features a company of 50 undiscovered young talent that forms part of the development of this vibrant musical which will officially be launched at the State Theatre in 2018. It forms part of the mandate of the Theatre’s newly established EYCT Department. All aspects of the production of the show evolve around the youth. From the associate producer to the composer of the show, the young people get to learn and work with the artistic director of the largest theatre in Africa, a feature that is not always possible.
Freedom will be performed in front of a special invite only audience on Friday 30 June. Though it will be closing the 2017 Youth Expressions Festival, this presentation will signal the beginning of the growth of this proudly South African musical.