Umnotho – The Economy

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A story about two South African waste workers that earn the minimum wage. They take us on a journey of how they got to where they are and they also highlight the different spheres of the economy. The play is set on a day with them where they are at work and are fed up of their barely moving standard of living.

Director: Mthobisi Khwela & Thobani Gama
Written By: Mthobisi Khwela & Thobani Gama
Featured Artists: Mthobisi Khwela & Thobani Gama
Company: Young Outreach Artists

Fruit

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FRUIT follows a fragile life of a little girl called Matlakala in a township ravaged by crime and poverty. Matlakala finds hope in the hopeless situation, she is claiming her innocence back.

Director: Paul Noko
Written By: Paul Noko
Featured Artists: Matshidiso Mokoteli
Company: Sketch production

A Place of Knowing

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This show acknowledges the contemporary voices and stories of young people living
in South Africa. Five performers transform their personal accounts into a series of
images, songs and monologues where they unpack and explore the complexities of the relationships we have with our parents as young people and how those relationships affect us or shape our lives.

Director: Billy Langa, Mahlatsi Mokgonyana
Written By: Devised by cast
Featured Artists: Thuto Gaasenwe, Ntumekelelo Siyepu, Sokuphila Mkosana, Sibulele Sabisa, Anathi Conjwa
Company: Intsusa in collaboration with Theatreduo

 

Little Red Riding Hood & The Big Bad Metaphors

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A fairy-tale for the future. Imagine the end of poverty. A world with no hunger. Climate change will be reversed. Violence against women eradicated. Utopia? Perhaps. But hope is made of dreams. Join the energetic cast as they both entertain and educate through this romp beyond the bad wolves who threaten to eat our future.

Director: Khutjo Green Assistant Director: Marie-Heleen Coetzee
Written By: Mike Van Graan
Choreographer: Designer Wilhelm Disbergen
Company: University Of Pretoria Drama

 

2018 Standard Bank Ovation Award winners

 

Artistic innovation, excellence, the exploration of new performance styles and the courage to open new conversation through the arts underpin the motivation for the winners of the Standard Bank Ovation Award. These are the latest daily winners, selected by a jury of critics, journalists and theatre makers from hundreds of plays on the Fringe.

Go to www.nationalartsfestival.co.za to read about all the 2018 winners

Related post: Photographs from the 2018 Standard Bank Ovations Award ceremony

Medumo Yabarwa

Language: Pedi Eng | Director: Mxolisi Masilela and Koketso Mashedi | Choreographer: Mothusi Motseko | Cast: Mogomotsi Mampe, Lerato Mokwana, Mxolisi Ngema and Thando Maduna | Company: Youth Channel Group

MEDUMO YABARWA  is the beauty of African song and dance. As Africans, we celebrate through song and dance, and in this piece we are mourning the death of the greatest hero King Mampuru and we celebrate the return of his long lost bones.

STANDARD BANK OVATION AWARD WINNER 2018