The Underground Library selling out at festival

Underground Library. Photo: NARDUS ENGELBRECHT
Underground Library. Photo: NARDUS ENGELBRECHT

Jon Keevy’s The Underground Library premieres this week as part of the ASSITEJ Cradle of Creativity, and the first four performances are sold out.

With only nine performances, there are only 5 performances with tickets still available. “We are very happy with the response,” says writer, Jon Keevy. “It’s been three years in the making, and while performances and readings have happened in other parts of the world, it’s exciting to finally do it for people here at home.”

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Tickets for many shows at the festival are in high demand, and The Underground Library has already sold out its first four performances, on Friday 26 May at 11h30 & 14h30, and Saturday 27 May at 12h00 & 16h00. Luckily for audiences, there are still five performances to buy tickets to, from Tuesday 30 May to Saturday 3 June at 19h30 nightly, at the Artscape Theatre Centre Arena.

Underground Library. Photo: NARDUS ENGELBRECHT
Underground Library. Photo: NARDUS ENGELBRECHT

The woman leading the company is the much-lauded Koleka Putuma, who is involved with three other shows at the festival. She directs an extremely talented cast: Thando Mangcu (winner of the 2017 Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary), Dustin Beck (Kalahari Swan), Maggie Gericke (But, The Land), Tankiso Mamabolo (Black Dog/Inj’emnyama, The Fall), Cleo Raatus (The Fall, District Six Kanala), and Kathleen Stephens (People are Living There). Sound design is by Dylan Owen, costumes by Merryn Carver, and LED art by Shen Tian.

Set in a world where books are forbidden, where the truth is controlled by government agents, terrorists, and hackers, this adventure in the not-so-distant future is a high-energy story that challenges authority and casts a light on current politics by asking what might happen next. The play has had readings in several countries, including the USA and India.

It is recommended for ages 13 years and older, and the show runs at 75 minutes. Tickets start at R50 for children, and R75 for adults. For block bookings of 10 or more, tickets will be R40 each. Bookings can be made via Computicket, and more information on the production can be found at The Underground Library is supported by ASSITEJ SA and the National Arts Council.

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