Bertrams site-specific Izithombe 2094 returns


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Izithombe 2094, the site-specific play that grew out of the Bertrams Stories Project, returns for a second run from 29 October – 8 November 2016.

Lindiwe Matshikiza in Izithombe 2094
Lindiwe Matshikiza in Izithombe 2094

Facilitated and directed by Alex Halligey, Izithombe 2094 is the culmination of her doctoral research into how participatory drama and theatre as public art might be a way of exploring daily life in the city. Lindiwe Matshikiza and Toni Morkel – theatremakers who have long histories with this area of Johannesburg – and Market Theatre Laboratory graduate, theatremaker and storyteller, Baeletsi Tsatsi, make up the professional cast who perform alongside local participants in this piece of street theatre that blurs the lines between theatrical fiction and the everyday reality of public urban spaces.

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Lindiwe Matshikiza and Toni Morkel in Izithombe 2094
Lindiwe Matshikiza and Toni Morkel in Izithombe 2094

The first run at the beginning of September this year was met with great responses from people local to the area and the wider Johannesburg public, so the team is bringing it back, to allow audiences another opportunity to walk one of the oldest parts of Johannesburg in its 2016 moment. Audiences have been deeply engaged and moved: “I’m still trying to process and find words to articulate this extraordinary experience. The team have put together a thoughtful, playful, respectful and ultimately quite transformative theatre walking tour through Bertrams. Provocative and humbling.” As well as practically complimentary: “beautifully and meaningfully done”, “one of the best walks I’ve done this year. Highly recommended.”

Make your own #bertramsstories by joining this company of characters and stories, fictional and real, on a wander through the streets of Bertrams, Lorentzville and Judith’s Paarl – the three small suburbs just east of Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg.

Performance Dates and Times:
Saturday, 29 October at 09:00
Saturday, 29 October at 15:30
Sunday, 30 October at 15:30
Tuesday, 1 November at 11:00
Saturday, 5 November at 09:00
Saturday, 5 November at 15:30
Sunday, 6 November at 15:30

Book for Izithombe 2094
Booking is essential as audience capacity is limited:

There have also been shows scheduled specially for block bookings during the week 31 October – 4 November and Monday, 7th and Tuesday, 8th November.

Meet at Twilsharp Studios, 40/42 Gordon Road. There is a field for parking monitored by a Twilsharp car guard. Performances are two hours long, with a recommended extra half hour for viewing the accompanying exhibition at Twilsharp Studios – two and a half hours in total for play and exhibition viewing. Tickets are on a pay-what-you-can basis. Sunblock, hats, umbrellas and water are advisable, as well as a little extra cash if you want to buy something from a Spaza along the way.

For more on the Bertrams Stories Project and Izithombe 2094, see the website and social media links:

FB: Bertrams Stories Project
Twitter: @BertramsStories
IG: @2094stories


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