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Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Coming up at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg are three plays: Antigone; The Island and Woza Albert.

ANTIGONE:  May 8-13 at 18h30 (no performance on May 10)
Antigone is based on the play by Jean Anouilh. When her dead brother is declared a traitor and his body left unburied outside the city walls, Antigone is faced with a dilemma – obey the edict decreed by her Uncle Creon and the State or bury her brother, to ensure his safe passage to the underworld, and face the punishment of death. Her personal allegiance wins out and her brazen act sets in motion the wheels of destruction. Based on Anouilh’s adaptation of the original text by Sophocles, and directed by Louise Buchler, the play explores themes of familial love versus duty to the state and presents audiences with a prime example of how antiquity and modernity meet – most pertinently in the character of Antigone, who remains a symbol of feminine revolt.
Produced by The Hexagon Theatre, the title role of Antigone is played by Sade Wagner, alongside Nicolas Hughes as Creon. They are supported by a talented cast of local performers: Francis Mennigke, Tanya Nicolson, Erin Fourie, Shivani Hariparsad and Edward Pepperell. Tickets R70/R50.
There will be a special double bill of Antigone and The Island on May 13 at 18h30 - (Tickets R100/R80) for the Double Bill)

THE ISLAND: May 13 at 20h15 (double bill with Antigone) and May 15 at 18h30 (single performance)
John and Winston are two prisoners on Robben Island, bound by ideology, proximity, shackles and a deep affection. As they rehearse Antigone for the prison concert, John learns that his release is imminent; Winston is a lifer. This classic South African play by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona balances hope and despair as it exposes the depths of cruelty and inhumanity while affirming the dignity and courage of the human spirit. Under the direction of Peter Mitchell, TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande deliver riveting performances of this South African classic. Tickets R70/R50

WOZA ALBERT!: May 14 at 18h30
This classic of South African theatre by Barney Simon, Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa asks what would happen if Christ (Morena) came back to 1980’s apartheid South Africa. The show is primarily a satire that highlights the absurdities of apartheid and displays the talents of two dextrous actors, TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande, who play a range of ordinary characters on the street. Directed by Peter Mitchell, the show looks back after 21 years of democracy and reminds us of the tragic lunacy that was apartheid, as well as the continued search for compassionate, intelligent and humane leadership. This production hopes to recreate a theatrical period in South African history, as well as look back from a new perspective at what changed the face of poor theatre worldwide. Tickets R70/R50.

All bookings on email The Hexagon Theatre is situated on the UKZN Pietermaritzburg Campus.