Everything will go Greek this April in the continuation of the unique partnership between POPArt and the Market Theatre Laboratory.
In the third year of a partnership between the Market Theatre Laboratory and POPArt Theatre (Maboneng), a season of African adaptations of classic Greek theatre will be performed at POPArt this April. The partnership that began in 2015 provides the students with hands-on practical experience in producing, administrating, marketing and touring productions in a course facilitated by POPArt at the Market Theatre Laboratory.
Under the guidance of professional directors Mahlatsi Mokgonyana and Ndumiso Lwazi Msimanga, two refreshed adaptations of Greek classics, Lysistrata and The Love of the Nightingale, will each have a week-long run at the POPArt Theatre.
Lysistrata, the Greek classic comedy by Aristophanes, will be refreshed, revised and Africanised, as audiences have come to expect from director Mahlatsi Mokgoyana (Just Antigone, The Summoning of Everyman). In this classic fable, gender-based issues are explored as the women of the town stage a sex strike to stop a raging war between the men. If you want to know what happens when this is set in a modern-day South Africa, then you must get to POPArt from 6-9 April.
The Love of the Nightingale, written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, releases the realities from the myth of Philomele. Her violated voice breaks the unrelenting curse. Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga directs this adaptation of the myth of the rape of Philomele in collaboration with a cast of six Market Laboratory ingenues. When questions go unanswered because society fears its own truths a woman speaks. The tragic myth of never-ending shackles mirrors the injustices of today. The Love of the Nightingale will run from 13–16 April.
POPArt was so impressed by their experience with the Market Theatre Laboratory students that, when they found out that a student bursary only cost R10 000 per year, they decided to make their annual 24 Hours birthday celebration a fundraiser for student bursaries.
“We were so impressed with the professionalism and quality of the work in year one that we knew immediately that the partnership would continue for the long term. We are proud to say that, not only have we continued to sustainably maintain this partnership, but we have been able to grow our relationship year on year,” says Hayleigh Evans of POPArt.
The POPArt Theatre has secured accommodation for the students during the Greek Season in the Maboneng area through a partnership that POPArt has facilitated with the local backpackers, Curiocity.com.
“The Market Theatre Foundation recognizes the POPArt Theatre as one of Johannesburg’s most vibrant independent theatre spaces. This partnership is a dynamic way of connecting students at the Market Theatre Laboratory with the practicalities of working in a professional theatre economy,” said Ismail Mahomed, the Market Theatre Foundation’s CEO.
Bookings for Lysistrata and The Love of the Nightingale can be done online via the POPArt website: www.popartcentre.co.za
Come through to one of these exciting events produced in collaboration with The Market Theatre Lab and POPArt and you’ll be guaranteed an evening of fresh culture and entertainment.