‘Tswalo’ at the Soweto Theatre

Tonight’s the preview,  and then tomorrow will be the opening night of ‘Tswalo – a narrative poem’ at the Soweto Theatre! This “narrative poem” is performed by the formidable Billy Langa whose poetic prowess has been seen in other works such as “Poet-O-Type” by Jeff Tshabalala. The work is directed by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana, who despite his youth has already steered many successful shows including ‘My Children! My Africa!’ and “Lysistrata’. Langa and Mokgonyana co-directed The Movement RSA’s ‘Just Atigone’, which was recently nominated for three Naledi Awards.

Tswalo was described by POPArt Theatre as:
Lyrical prose, poetry and physical storytelling entwine to interrogate the rules that govern life on earth, such as power, creation, politics, connection, and intuition – the performers’ expression of his ‘source’.
Tswalo is a spiritual quest that gives the audiences the baton to walk through their own paradigm of ontology, Tswalo’s poetry, prose and stories furnish us with the necessary tools into a deep meditation. It undoubtedly begs the question (or theory) of being, becoming and unbecoming
Tswalo premired in Johannesburg at The Plat4orm and for its second run it went to Cape Town at the Alexander Bar Theatre. Tswalo made its international premier at Forum Phoinix BT, Bayreuth, Germany which was featured as part of ON THAT NOTE performance art exhibition. It is now making it’s way to Soweto Theatre, so catch it before time runs out.

 

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A show for Everyman and woman

Tonight saw the opening of ‘The Summoning of Everyman’ at POPArt Theatre in Maboneng. This play is co-directed by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana and Billy Edward – the dynamic duo who brought us ‘Just Antigone’ and ‘Tswalo’.

The play exists as a theatre ‘classic’, often studied in schools as a benchmark of religious texts in the 1500s and prior. Written in 1510, this show is so old that the author is unknown!

Knowing the directors however, the piece will be anything but dated.

Performed by Khanyisile Ngwabe, Dimpho More, Ratanang Mogotsi and Nomathamsanqa Mhlakaza, the show is described as an:

“accessible adaptation of a well-known classical text (The Summoning of Everyman) recreated for young audiences and performed by an all-female cast.

The Summoning of Everyman uses allegorical characters to examine the question of Christian salvation and what Man must do to attain it. The premise is that the good and evil deeds of one’s life will be tallied by God after death, as in a ledger book. The play is the allegorical accounting of the life of Everyman, who represents all mankind. In the course of the action, Everyman tries to convince other characters to accompany him in the hope of improving his account. All the characters are also allegorical, each personifying an abstract idea such as Fellowship, (material) Goods, and Knowledge”.

The show will only be on until Sunday, so make sure to book your tickets NOW!

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1303743913001814/?active_tab=about

POPArt Page: https://popartcentre.co.za/show/001_MAR_17/

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2-4 March @ 8pm
5 March @ 3:30pm
Tickets R100 at the door (R80 online)

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Full speed into 2017

It’s going to be a busy few months for members of The Movement RSA, albeit with projects outside of the company.

Catch Star Tlali in ‘Flatform’ (Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/363747270668888/?hc_location=ufi)

Campbell Jessica Meas appears in ‘Book Marks’.

Mlindeli Zondi has written and is starring in ‘Gomora’.

And the dynamic directing duo are back – Mahlatsi DBoy Mokgonyana and Billy Edward are bringing you ‘The Summoning of Everyman’ in March. (Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1303743913001814/?hc_location=ufi)

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Fundraising for ‘Tswalo/Source’

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Poster design by Binnie Christie

Join us for our first Fundraising performance of Tswalo/Source at THE PLAT4ORM in Newtown as we prepare for our trip to Cape Town Alexander Bar theatre in June. This work is produced under The Movement RSA incubation program, which is specifically dedicated to the development of new work, as well as raising funds to stage productions in and outside of Joburg.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Tswalo/Source
Written and Performed by Billy Langa
Directed by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana
Stage Managed by Campbell Jessica Meas
Produced in collaboration with The Movement RSA incubation program for new works.

Lyrical prose, poetry and physical storytelling entwine to interrogate the rules that govern life on earth, those such as power, creation, truth, connection, intuition – the performers’ expression of his ‘source’.

Described by SHCC’s director Tricia Sibbons as “a meditation on the important things in life in a spellbinding hour.”

VENUE
The Plat4orm
Address: 39 GwiGwi Mrwebi Street (entrance is in the boomgate street Carfax side)

DATE
20 April 2016

TIME
6:30PM

PRICE
R80(Door)

Rocking the Festival of Fame

fof-top-img2.pngIn March 2016, three of the members of The Movement RSA, Mahlatsi Mokgonyana, Billy Langa and Mlindeli Zondi, took part in the Festival of Fame – a week long theatrical festival which is hosted by Assitej SA and the National School of Arts.

Mlindeli starred as Madiba in ‘Making Mandela’, which was recently nominated for several Naledi Awards. And all three gentlemen starred in ‘Sex and Me’, an educational play directed by Craig Morris and Clara Vaughan which is aimed at teenagers to address issues around sex and sexual identity.

Well done to all!

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See poster for ‘Sex and Me’ below, as well as a link to the trailer for ‘Making Mandela’.

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Making Mandela: