Enjoy diverse theatre for everyone at Wits Theatre’s 969 Festival, from 14 – 30 July, with the best of Grahamstown in Braamfontein.
The drama line-up at the 969 Festival this year brings relevant, thought-provoking and award-winning productions from across South Africa to the Wit’s Theatre stages. Audiences will not be disappointed by the carefully selected and diverse pieces which will also feature on both the Main and fringe stages at the 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. “We are delighted to be showcasing so many Standard Bank Young Artist winners. They bring diversity and fresh talent to the theatre scene,” says Gita Pather, Director of Wits Theatre, who has developed a reputation for finding and staging theatre productions which are all at once original and memorable.
The 969 Festival is the ultimate mid-winter Jo’burg arts & culture event with something for everyone. This includes children who have a choice of their own exciting productions for the first time this year. The youth programme includes Space Rocks, Jitterbugs, Rat Race, Mainane and Insta-Grammar, all specifically created for young audiences, from pre-primary through to high school.
MUST SEE PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE:
HELEN OF TROYVILLE
Award-winning playwright Mike van Graan teams up with award winning actress Gina Shmukler and director Lesedi Job to present his new play Helen of Troyeville, a poetic work reflecting on the complexities of contemporary South Africa from the eyes of a privileged grandmother who only wants to do good for society but ultimately ends up in a life-threatening situation.
Another acclaimed production at 969 is Yellowman, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, which tells the poignant story of Alma and Eugene, two African Americans trying to navigate their way through life, love, family and identity politics. Yellowman refers to lighter skinned persons among African Americans. In this case, dark-skinned Alma and light-skinned Eugene kindle a friendship from a young age. They seem destined to love one another but prejudice and life get in the way. The play was written by Dael Orlandersmith and is directed by Tshego Khutsoane.
The festival is staging the return of the sold-out 2016 Standard Bank Ovation Award-winner Burn which explores the fraught relationship between Earth and Man as they hold each other ransom. This stunning duet is all at once powerful, stirring and explosive. It is a fierce dance-drama directed by well-known choreographer Bailey Snyman.
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