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Monday, June 22, 2015


(Match Girl)

The production selected to represent UKZN Pietermaritzburg at the annual Student Drama festival at the National Arts Festival is a delightfully creative and innovative piece of theatre called Match Girl. Other shows on their way to Grahamstown are the acclaimed productions of Woza Albert! and The Island.

Pietermaritzburg audiences will be able to see previews of Match Girl and Woza Albert! at special performances at the Hexagon Theatre on June 25 and 26.

A musical duo called Acoustic Assassins, which is also Grahamstown bound, will entertain in The Dive after the shows on the Friday.

MATCH GIRL: Match Girl is a modern South African adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson tale of The Little Match Girl. The story is delightfully told through a fusion of performance art, mask work, shadow play, puppetry and physical theatre. The show highlights how society has become inured to suffering and poverty, or simply don’t want to acknowledge it. The production retains the innocence and sentiment of the original story through the use of highly visual theatrical imagery combining modern technology with artistic simplicity. It is directed by MA student Jessica Killerby, who was responsible for the beautiful environmental piece Her Cradle, which wowed audiences at the Hexagon and Hilton Festival last year. The cast includes Nompilo Jili, Monique Schoeman, Bongeka Ngubane, Musa Shozi and Sabelo Cele.

WOZA ALBERT!: Woza Albert! is one of the plays for which South African theatre is best known internationally. Its style of storytelling has inspired and influenced theatre companies around the world, and it remains one of the most vibrant examples of satirical anti-apartheid South African Theatre. It demonstrates innovation and creativity during a seminal period of theatre in this country.

This classic of South African theatre 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 - in this case, TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande - who play a range of ordinary characters on the street. Directed by Peter Mitchell, the production is a high energy explosion of creativity and humour with a dark edge as Morena's life is relived in an apartheid context.

Bringing Woza Albert! to the stage honours the creative genius of Barney Simon as South Africa celebrates 21 years of democracy, providing a reminder of the tragic lunacy that was apartheid, as well as the continued search for compassionate, intelligent and humane leadership. This production looks back from a new perspective at what changed the face of Poor Theatre worldwide.

Performances take place on June 25 and 26 with Match Girl at 18h00; Woza Albert! at 19h15. Acoustic Assassins will perform after the shows on June 26 at 20h30. Tickets R40 (R25 concession) for each show, with a special price of R100 (R60 concession) for all three. Boookings on email: