Caucasian Chalk Circle – land distribution issues

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle begins with a prologue that introduces us to two groups of farmers in dispute over land.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Alistair Beaton; directed by Lebohang Motaung with a stellar cast featuring Aubrey Poo, Izak Davel, Neka Da Costa, Jacques Wolmarans, Nyeleti Ndubane, Mimi Mahlasela, Koketso Motlhabane and Marcus Mabusela will be on The Fringe stage, at Joburg Theatre, from April 5 to 23.

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle begins with a prologue that introduces us to two groups of farmers in dispute over land. The one group wants the land for commercial purposes, while the other group of goat herders are claiming the land because they were born on and have always lived on the land. The two groups decide to demonstrate their disputes by staging a play for a government expert.As its heart, The Caucasian Chalk Circle follows two stories, one is Grusha, a strong-willed, simpleton girl with a big heart and a soft spot for justice. The other is Adzak, a drunk, oddball judge who mocks the law.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The Caucasian Chalk Circle

In the play Bertolt Brecht deals with social economic issues that resonate with most societies, more in South Africa. The themes that we can witness in the play include government corruption, land disputes, the gap between the rich and the poor, child neglect and women abuse, which are all socio-economic issues seen in news headlines almost every day.

Although there are heavy topics presented throughout the story such as assassination, child neglect, and totalitarianism, the tones of the scenes are almost always meant to be humorous.
New Cast Member:

Caucasian Chalk Circle - Marcus Mabusela. Photo credit: Mariola Biela
Caucasian Chalk Circle – Marcus Mabusela. Photo credit: Mariola Biela

Actor Marcus Mabusela is the new cast member to join the production. He graduated at The Market Theatre Laboratory in 2013. He is best known for his role as Jackson Masiya on the television soap opera, 7de Laan. Marcus has worked in stage productions such as Ketekang the musical directed by James Ngcobo, Milk and Honey at The Market Theatre and Poet.O.Type.

Other credits include Multi-choice, Vodacom, Amstel Larger commercials and Coal Stove Productions’ Imali yegazi. Marcus has directed and produced ‘Connection to Home’ through his own production company, Metric Productions. The play has received an Award at The 2016 Goree Island International Festival in Senegal and was featured at The 2016 National Arts Festival.

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