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Tuesday, June 28, 2016


(Bongani Mbatha in Clinton Marius’s “Sweetie Darling”. Pic by Val Adamson)

The 969 Festival at Wits University is to theatre goers what exciting and original pop-up shops are to fashionistas. Wits Theatre hosts this festival of dynamic and edgy productions every year, which provide diverse entertainment for a short period of time. This year promises to be all of this and then some, from July 13 to 24, when the 969 Festival celebrates its 13th birthday with a lineup of 21 theatre, dance and music presentations that will blow audiences’ minds.

The productions come from South Africa and abroad and will be staged at the Wits Theatre in Braamfontein. “We are showcasing diverse artistic productions from South Africa and abroad, the majority forming part of the main stage at the National Arts Festival this year. I love the work featured in 2016 because it’s all about great theatre, wonderful stories, proven talent and fantastic technique,” says Gita Pather, Director of Wits Theatre, who is renowned for bringing innovative and original theatre to the Wits stages.

In fact the 969 Festival offers the most convenient way to experience a cross-section of South African talent. The programme has been specifically structured for theatregoers to enjoy several shows in one evening with time for a drink at the theatre bar in between.

Dance features prominently on the festival this year with stunning pieces from KwaZulu-Natal including … If the World was Listening presented by KZN Dance Productions and celebrating 21 years of democracy.

KZN isn’t only bringing dance to the festival but some award-winning satire as well with Durban-based Clinton Marius’ brilliant The B!*ch Stole my Doek, which sold out at the festival last year. This year he is also bringing his latest offering to the stage, the sweet and poignant love story Sweetie Darling with the massively talented Bongani Mbatha.

Tickets are available at and you can chose to book online or through any Pick n Pay store. Or load your ticket on your Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card. Tickets can also be purchased at Wits Theatre’s Box Office.

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